Top-three place still a possibility, says Mansfield Town boss Flitcroft

David Flitcroft
David Flitcroft

Stags manager David Flitcroft has still not given up hope of a top-three spot ahead of a tough game at Luton Town on Easter Monday.

Good Friday’s 1-0 home defeat to Accrington was Mansfield Town’s sixth League Two game in a row without a win and left new boss Flitcroft still searching for a victory after five games in charge.

It also opened up an eight-point gap between the Stags and third place with seven games to go.

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However, Flitcroft said: “It is still a possibility.

“You look at the other results. Luton got beat on Good Friday too and the pressure comes on and effects different people in different ways.

“We have games to come that are massively winnable.

“It is a big weekend and we will see how we come out the other side of it.

“We will try and drive for three points on Monday. If the deficit is higher after Monday with another game run out then maybe that will be it. But there is certainly everything still to play and fight for.”

He added: “We have very good staff. It is about getting about the players and mentally lifting them as well as getting them physically right for a tough game on Monday.

“They (Luton) are top of you. It’s one of those old stadiums and they use it really well down there.

“The supporters are close to the pitch – it was designed that way. It’s a traditional football club.

“We will have to reboot, re-galvanise and make sure we go there and our application levels are the same as today.”

On injured top-scorer Danny Rose’s chances of a return, Flitcroft said: “Potentially he might be able to feature in some capacity.

“He’s in all weekend for extensive rehab and we are hoping he may be able to play some part.

“We hope he will be on the grass on Sunday. It has improved though still not where we want it to be.”