MATTY’S LEARN­ING LESSONS

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MANS­FIELD Town winger Matty Blair ad­mits he is tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion this sea­son from his brother’s bat­tle with a brain tu­mour.

Ross Blair has been fight­ing the ill­ness since last year and the ex-Fleet­wood man soon re­alised his on-pitch prob­lems and in­jury is­sues paled into in­signif­i­cance.

He said: “Football isn’t ev­ery­thing; fam­ily comes first. I had an at­ti­tude of ‘so what?’ I know it might not sound right but not play­ing was ‘what­ever, it’s cool’.”

Blair, 26, was out of favour at the Cod Army and joined the Stags in Jan­uary. But he played just three games when he suf­fered cru­ci­ate knee lig­a­ment dam­age and has not fea­tured since.

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