The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ben Baker

MANS­FIELD goal­keeper Scott Shearer says the thought of be­ing forced to watch the League Two play-offs un­fold on TV is driv­ing on him and his team-mates.

Since putting on the gloves after Jake Kean picked up an in­jury dur­ing the New­port match on Fe­bru­ary 25, veteran stop­per Shearer has shone.

He was yet to con­cede a goal in 230 min­utes ahead of yes­ter­day’s clash with Ply­mouth.

Mans­field, too, have been fly­ing. They took on the Pil­grims having lost just once in 13 matches to pro­pel them­selves into the play-off pic­ture.

They headed into the week­end one place and two points out­side the top seven, and 36-year-old Shearer – who was part of Stags man­ager Steve Evans’ Rother­ham squad that earned back-to-back pro­mo­tions in 2013 and 2014 – is dream­ing big once again.

“As a player you want to be in this po­si­tion,” said Shearer. “The man­age­ment staff have put that car­rot in front of us, say­ing you don’t want to be on your hol­i­day in the mid­dle of May, watch­ing teams in the play-offs and at Wem­b­ley in the fi­nal.

“You just don’t want to be in that po­si­tion when you could have been there.

“You want to give your­self ev­ery chance and, when you’re a pro­fes­sional foot­baller, you want to play on the big­gest stages. To ap­pear in the play-offs is a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

“When I was with the gaffer at Rother­ham in League Two, we were in a sim­i­lar sce­nario and we just went on an in­cred­i­ble run to get there.

“I know what it takes to get there. A lot of the lads in our team know what it takes to get there and I just hope we can perform.

“From the first day the gaffer came in, I hon­estly be­lieved that we would be in this po­si­tion.”

POS­I­TIVE: Scott Shearer

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