MICKY Moore is happy to wait another week before Stags mathematically clinch a place in the play-offs.
Easter Monday’s 2-1 home win over Stockport County looked to have done the trick until rivals Kidderminster and Southport netted crucial late goals to stay in the hunt, though Gateshead fell by the wayside.
But Mansfield’s assistant manager said: “We have got a foot in it now and know another three points and we’ll be mathematically there. It just hasn’t happened today.
“But we are in a strong position with other teams playing catch-up. We are in control of our own destiny. We have three games left while some teams have four or five and go can go above us. But I would rather have the points in the bag.
“It was a frustrating first half. We didn’t get a tempo. I don’t know if that was lethargy from playing two games in three days. Stockport were very organised and made it hard for us.
“But we tweaked one or two things at half-time so we came out playing on the front foot.
“When things are not going for us we go back to basics, keeping our framework, shape and discipline which is what we did today.
“You will have games when things are not going for you, but then you just play off your shape and you are still a hard side to beat.
“We looked comfortable at 2-0 up and I can’t remember Alan Marriott having a save to make. But in the 90th minute they scored with a bit of help from ourselves as we became a bit sloppy. Then it became a bit nervy.”
He added: “Six months ago by half-time some people would have become anxious (in the crowd) but they have been fantastic recently and stuck with us in the second half. This is becoming an intimidating place for other sides to come now.”