Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox calls for focus

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Stags boss Paul Cox says his side must keep their focus as the Blue Square Premier season reaches the business-end.

Mansfield Town remain in the hunt for a play-off spot following a recent run of five games unbeaten, which includes two impressive draws against high-flyers York City and a point on the road at Luton Town.

But the former Eastwood Town gaffer knows the Field Mill side must now build on the solid foundations laid and make in-roads into the seven point gap between themselves and Kidderminster in the last play-off place.

Stags, who have a game in hand on their rivals against Tamworth, travel to Ebbsfleet United tomorrow looking to bridge that gap further and extend their unbeaten streak to six.

Said Cox: “This is a very important time of the season for us. We are at the business end of the campaign, the players understand what is expected of them and the performances have been good recently.

“It is important that we are strong and have a good mindset for the rest of the season and get the results.

“We are still in the pack chasing for play-offs. We set ourselves the target at the start of the season of still being in the pack at this stage and that is where we are at.”

Cox is also warning his side against complacency against Ebbsfleet following the impressive televised draw with Luton.

“Overall the Luton point was a good point for us, on another day we could have won but before the game we would have taken a point,”he said.

“It will be totally different going to Ebbsfleet compared to a trip against a former topflight side, but teams that are going to be successful have to get results against the lower teams as well as the top teams.

“I will be looking at the Ebbsfleet game very closely this weekend to see if we have progressed in our mindset as a side. If we go into the game with the wrong mentality then we will get beat.”