STAGS winger Louis Briscoe insisted all the pressure was on Liverpool for Sunday’s sell-out FA Cup third round clash at the One Call Stadium.
Briscoe, who scored the crucial goal in the replay with Lincoln in the last round, said: “My biggest game was the FA Trophy final at Wembley. We didn’t really turn up that day but it was a great occasion. Sunday is definitely a bigger game but we are not expected to win it.
“At Wembley the pressure was even between the teams. But there is virtually no pressure on us playing against one of the best, and one of the biggest, teams in the world.
“We will be out there to enjoy it and be part of an amazing occasion.
“Of course it does put you all in the shop window. It is on TV and shown all over the world and there will be a full house here.
“This is not a pre-season friendly. Liverpool are going to want to win as much as us. But the pressure is all on them. They are a huge club coming to little old Mansfield and it’s going to be a tough ride for them.
“We could come off the pitch having lost 5-0 and still be clapped off. There is no pressure and anything we do well against Liverpool will be a bonus.
“It is a massive competition and they are one of the teams looking to win it. So they won’t take it lightly. Some of their main players will play, that goes without saying. They will be coming here to win.
“Everyone is up for a shirt in our squad and you can definitely notice the tempo in training has picked up. It is one of the biggest games in the club’s history.”
Briscoe will be well supported by friends and family. “I have a bus load of about 50 coming up from Burton,” he said. “It will be a great occasion for them to see some of the best footballers in the world.”
And he insisted that, whatever the outcome of Sunday’s cup adventure, Stags could yet end the season as BSBP champions.
“After Sunday it’s back to the league and last year this was our biggest time of the season,” he said.
“We won about 16 out of 20 games. We have games in hand and I still think we can win the league.
“It’s not just about getting in the play-offs, that can be a lot of a lottery. Our main aim is to win the league and that is still not beyond us.
“I know that is a big statement from me and the boys but we believe we can do it.”