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MANSELL - DEFEAT STILL PLAYS ON MY MIND

19 February 2015

Lee talks about the 2-1 defeat back in August

Bristol Rovers take on Altrincham on Saturday at the Memorial Stadium and Lee Mansell says that the 2-1 loss back in August is definitely playing on his mind.

"It has been well documented that our first week of the season wasn't good enough but as a squad we know that.

"That week was so far short of the standards that we set for ourselves and the way we have performed since then

"We as a team are completely different now but we still have to approach the game in the right way because we know what is at stake.

"It was a kick up the backside that I think the squad needed and rightly so, results picked up a little after that and you can see from the stats that we have produced a lot better than that so far this season.

In their next two games Rovers face two of the sides that beat them in the first few weeks of the season and Lee Mansell says that it can be a true test to see how far the team have come since early September.

"It is a real chance for us to put a marker out there and put some pressure on everyone else in the league.

"We picked up a great result last weekend at Grimsby in a game where Steve [Mildenhall] didn't really have to make a save which really is a testament as to how far we have come as a group.

"We know now that starting on Saturday there is some huge games coming up but it is vitally important that we approach everything in the right manner.

"As a squad we know what we want at the end of the year and we have to do all the right things and hopefully our quality can do all the talking on the pitch.

Both Altrincham and Briantree have picked up just one league defeat each in 2015 but Mansell is ready for the challenge.

"They have both picked up some vital away wins but in this league any team can beat anyone on the day.

"Both of these sides have already beaten us this season and will be saying to themselves that they have done it once so will be wanting to do it again.

"However, this time we are at home with potentially around 7,000 Gasheads behind us so we need to get out there and do the best that we can to get the three points.

"We approach each game as a different project and these two games will be no different, we will play Saturday's game and then once that is over we will be fully focused on Braintree.

Rovers have been averaging crowds of around 6,000 at the Memorial Stadium this season coupled with a fantastic away following and Mansell says that the supporters will be crucial all the way until the final whistle on the last day of the season.

"They have been brilliant so far this season and we are going to need them to be there for us for the remaining 12 games of the season.

"They have been fantastic, be it at the Mem or taking more fans to away games than there have been home supporters and even through the tough times at the start of the season they stuck by us.

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