Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox warns side to maintain focus against Tamworth

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STAGS boss Paul Cox is warning his players to keep their feet firmly on the ground as they look to consolidate their play-off place against Tamworth on Saturday.

Mansfield moved into the play-off spot for the first time in five months after a comfortable 2-1 win against Cambridge United on Tuesday night.

But boss Paul Cox knows that Mansfield must now continue their impressive recent form for the remaining 11 games to ensure they are still in the play-offs at the end of the season.

“Things are going well at the moment and the boys are playing well and with a smile on their faces,”he said.

“There is a buzz about the town and the fans are enjoying what they are seeing.

“As a group fo players we just have to keep our focus and our feet on the ground. There is a lot of football to be played and there will be a lot of twists and turns from now until the end of the season.

“You do not win anything in March and we just have to keep winning our games, doing what we are doing and have the right mindset.

“If we are going to achieve something we have to work hard, we have got 11 cup finals ahead.”

Cox is expecting a tough game against the Tamworth side which narrowly lost 2-1 to Mansfield at Field Mill last month.

Said Cox: “We have got to be fully focused on Tamworth, it is not an easy place to go and they are a decent team as they showed the other week.

“Tamworth will want to win for their own reasons and we have got to go an earn the right to win on Saturday.”

Stags, who will move to fourth in the table above York with a draw, travel to The Lamb without winger Adam Smith, who has not recovered from a back injury sustained in the Tamworth game.

Skipper Adam Murray has not trained so far this week and may also be absent as he looks to shake off an ankle injury.