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25 February 2016

Bristol Rovers midfielder Lee Mansell has revealed the importance of the club building momentum from now until the rest of the season.
The Gas currently occupy 7th place in Sky Bet League 2; which sees Darrell Clarke's men sit nicely in the final play offs spot in the Sky Bet League Two table, just one point shy of 5th placed AFC Wimbledon.
With just 15 games remaining, the 33-year-old feels consistency will put the Pirates in a challenging position heading into a potential second consecutive play off campaign, following our dramatic 5-3 penalty shootout win over Grimsby Town in the Vanarama Conference playoff Final.
"I think the result stands us in a good position, to be able to achieve our main goal of finishing in the top seven. Our aspirations are to try and get promoted. We're not too far off a couple of positive results will really cement our place in the Play-Offs, after that we will start looking up the table and focus on the top three."
The midfielder pointed out the improvement in the squad since his arrival from Torquay in the summer of 2014, and insists his collegues are more than capable of sustaining a genuine promotion push.
"I think the squad has got better. It needed to, in order to compete in this league. We have added a wealth of experience to the squad, which has really benefited in us terms of results this season."
Mansell also stressed the importance of results over performances approaching the closing stages of this campaign.
"It doesn't matter the results, three points is a must. A maximum of 45 points are up for grabs, and would like to take them all but realistically it's not going to happen. However what we can do is stay unbeaten during that period."
Moving ahead to Saturday's crunch encounter against Gareth Ainsworth's Wycombe Wanderers, the vice-captain believes that both sides are battling for a top seven finish.
Rovers have recorded two victories over the Chairboys, however the Gloucester born midfielder claims the two victories will not come into mind on Saturday.
"They're in the same position as us, they want to achieve the same targets as us by staking a place in the play offs. We have a good record against them, but on Saturday that counts for nothing, we see it as a completely new project.”
The former Luton Town trainee revealed that despite an injury plagued start to the new season, his overall performances have gradually improved game by game.
"I'm happy where I am. I'm happy with my performances this year, but I would like to add a few more goals to contribute more to the team on an attacking front. However our midfielders have only scored three goals all season, so it’s an area we need to improve on between now until the rest of the campaign.”
With the winning mentality from the previous season, the midfielder feels that they will not see the younger players of the squad to buckle under the pressure.
"We've been in this position before, and that experience will put us in good stead. I know League Two is a different kettle of fish and the opposition are a lot stronger, but complacency won't start to appear amongst the side as they know that’s not acceptable.”
"The one thing we don’t have here is any big time Charlie's, and with this squad is all in it together and we work as one unit. All the boys know their roles and what we expect from each other. Hopefully the lads can use the experience from last season as a way to take us that one step further."


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