AFTER three weeks of frustration, Mansfield Town are preparing to get back into action when they look to claim all three points against Newport County on Saturday.
The Stags travel to South Wales on the back of a good run of six without defeat and knowing that another win will help to build on the club’s growing momentum as they seek to make the play-offs.
Mansfield, who have not played since the 3-0 win at Ebbsfleet on 28th January, crushed Newport 5-0 at Field Mill in front of the television cameras back in September.
But despite that easy win boss Paul Cox is cautioning against underestimating relegation-threatened County.
Said Cox: “Newport have had some good results of late and will be a totally different proposition than back in September.
“It is a tough place to go. We will continue to focus on ourselves and what we can do and not worry about Newport. The players are full of energy at the moment and a raring to go. It is 11 v 11 and the best team on the day will win.”
And his view has been echoed by winger Adam Smith, who said the Newport side would offer a different type of challenge.
“We have got to show Newport respect and approach this game in a professional way,”he said.
“We have beaten them before this season, but they are a different team now with a different manager and different players and we should not take them lightly.
“The fans always like to show their passion in this game, there is a bit of a Wales v England feel to the match which all helps to add to the atmosphere. Hopefully we can bring all three points back for England.”
Stags cruised to a 3-0 win in their last league outing against Ebbsfleet United and boss Paul Cox is calling on his players to display that same positive approach for the rest of the season.
“There is nothing like games coming thick and fast and I can’t wait for the next 16 games,”said Cox. “I want us to be positive and to put us in a position where this season can be regarded as a success. We want a positive result from Newport.”
Despite the enforced winter break, Stags still have a few injury concerns with Sam Craven ruled out with a groin injury and Matt Bell out following an ankle injury picked up in the friendly against Sutton Coldfield.
Midfielder Anthony Howell is also struggling following a knock picked up in training.
Stags will come up against striker Adam Chapman, who recently left Field Mill after a trial period