BARROW AFC boss Pete Wild has told the club’s fans they could be the difference at Holker Street today.

The Bluebirds know that if the beat the Stags on home turf today then they will have secured their place in the play-offs.

Victory over Nigel Clough’s men will be no mean feat – they have only lost eight of their 45 league games so far this season.

And while the Stags may have already secured automatic promotion to League One, no one is expecting them to ease up at Holker Street.

Wild’s men have faltered in recent games, losing five of their last six.

But today it’s all about the here and now and not what’s gone before.

And Wild believes the home support could have a huge say in helping the Bluebirds achieve their goal.

He told The Mail: “If the fans can drive the lads forward for 90 minutes it would be a big help.

“I appreciate it is going to be a nervy day, but the fans driving the players on could be the difference in getting us over the line.

“To use Doncaster as an example. When Doncaster got their first goal last Saturday, the place was booming.

“And I have no doubt that the Doncaster fans actually helped them get over the line, because of how the place was and how the atmosphere was.

“Ultimately, we need that. We need to find that from somewhere and to use it to try to get us over the line.

“The fans have been superb home and away this season and we need them again today.”

Wild is well aware that the players also need to deliver once they cross the white line.

He said: “We have been consistent in our message to the players and speaking to them about the place they are fully focused on the game.

“We have spoken to them about being the best version of ourselves and negating the dangers of where Mansfield will try to hurt us.

“Of course, when the whistle goes for kick-off it’s the players who cross the white line who have to deliver.

“Over the course of the season I think it is fair to say that more often than not they have done that, and more often than not when they have done that we have got the right result.

“It has just been the little simple things, the errors, the not doing the right things, the basics which have hurt us in recent games.

“If we can stamp those out and play 90+ minutes of error-free football, which we have done for three quarters of the season, then we are in with a very good chance of getting the result we want.”