Thompson '...but to me it is Mansfield Town'

Speaking in Friday's edition of the Nottingham Evening Post Thompson said "I understand the importance to supporters but to me it is Mansfield Town," he said. "It is a League Two football match and another game I want to win.

"I want to win every game and I was delighted for the 440 fans who travelled to Torquay last week. The players will be giving 100% like the management and it will add to the terrific atmosphere.

"We have the added spice of Pilkington, Mendes and John Gannon being with us, and Tom Curtis. There is a bit of history.

"But it is up to us to prepare ourselves, get on the coach and look to win a football match.

"It will be a tough game and whatever form we have and they have will go out the window - because the passion will take over in the first ten or 15 minutes.

"The players should not need getting up for this game.

"There will be a big crowd and if you are a footballer of any age you want to play in front of big crowds."

"I would not say they are struggling. I know Peter Shirtliff very, very well and he is a hard man, a dedicated man and will have them up for the game.

"I played at Charlton with Shirts and we have been good friends for a long, long time. He was a great player and terrific lad and I wish him well - after Saturday.

"Peter comes from the school of organisation and will have them organised well."