Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox urges players not to get swept away in the emotion

Stags v Tamworth
Stags v Tamworth
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Stags boss Paul Cox says his Mansfield Town side must concentrate on the task ahead and forget any of the off-field celebrations following Thursday’s purchase of Field Mill when they face Lincoln City on Saturday.

Flying Mansfield could find themsleves inside the play-off zone for the first time since 27th September if they see off former boss David Holdsworth’s Lincoln City side and other results go their way.

Field Mill is likely to have one of the biggest crowds of the season as expectant fans come out to celebrate the Field Mill stadium purchase against their local rivals.

But boss Paul Cox says it is vital his players do not get swept away in the emotion.

“There is a lot of things going on off the field and I want to make sure my players are concentrating on the football,” he said. “This is a game we want to win and we have to maintain our focus.

“As a team we are improving and getting better as the season has gone on, especially with the ugly side of football.

“We have a lot of young players in the team and they are all still learning their trade at this level. One of two of them have really stepped up a level from young men to good players at this level.

“There is a real togetherness in the team and a real desire amongst everyone to win. We have 13 cup finals coming up and it is going to be a tough game against Lincoln, but we are quite capable of winning this game.

“We came back well against Tamworth last week and we need to go into the game with the same desire as we showed last Saturday. The players are chomping at the bit to get in the team.”

Stags, who have won five of their last seven matches, could be without influential skipper Adam Murray, who is rated 50/50 to make the game after picking up an ankle injury late on in the weekend win against Tamworth.

Said Cox: “We will make the decision as late as we can, but we will not rush Adam back. We have to be clever with how we manage the players at this stage of the season and make sure they are mentally and physically prepared.

“It is better that Adam misses Saturday for us rather than be rushed back and miss the rest of the season.

“Adam has done some running yesterday which is positive news. He has played with niggles before and put his body on the line for Mansfield Town this season. He is an honest player and he will know in his heart of hearts if he is fit to play.

“If Adam misses the game it will be a blow for us because he is an important player, but we have other players who cannot wait to have their chance in the team.

If Paul Cox’s men claim maximum points it will be first time they have won five home games in a row since the start of the 2008/08 season under Bill McEwan.