Stags defender Beevers hopes FA Cup weekend showed the world the strength of the BSBP

MANSFIELD Town defender Lee Beevers feels Stags’ display in the FA Cup game with Liverpool, coupled with giantkillings by Luton Town and Macclesfield Town, have shown the world the strength of the Blue Square Bet Premier League.

As he prepared for this afternoon’s visit of in-form Kidderminster, Beevers said: “I think we did ourselves proud and showed quite a lot of people we should be in the League.

“Everyone saw last weekend’s results and non-League teams beat higher league opposition. It is a very tough league and once you are in it, it is very hard to get out of.”

He added: “People say we showed Liverpool too much respect early on. But I don’t think we got a touch for the first 20 minutes. We just couldn’t get near them and get the ball. Once we did we took the game to them. If we carry on playing like we did at the weekend, I don’t think many people are going to be able to stop us.”

On the Liverpool winner, during which the officials missed a handball by Luis Suarez, he added: “It is just one of those things in football. If it had been at the other end and the ball had hit my hand on the line I wouldn’t go round saying it was handball and give them a penalty. You just have to get on with it.

“I don’t thank anyone really expected too much from us against Liverpool. It is more important for us to get a result against Kidderminster.

“This is our bread and butter and we want to try to get an unbeaten run going. Once that happens you start to feel unbeatable and feel more confident. We have a lot of games to catch up on and it will be a busy end to the season.”