Play-off chase will go to the wire says Stags manager Cox

MANSFIELD tackle the first of several potential play-off banana skins when Ebbsfleet United visit Field Mill on Saturday.

And boss Paul Cox still reckons the play-off chase will go down to the wire in the last game at Kidderminster on 28th April.

Third-placed Stags are expected to win and complete a double over a mid-table Ebbsfleet side that are now not going up or down this season.

However, Cox, who gave his first team players two days off to rest up this week after their eight-game unbeaten run was halted at Fleetwood, said: “We know Ebbsfleet won’t be easy. Liam (Daish) has done an absolutely fantastic job down there and we are expecting a really tough match.

“There are no easy games in this league – York only just scraped a 1-0 win at bottom club Bath on Tuesday night.

“It is more about us getting ourselves back on track after losing at Fleetwood and refocussing for the last six games.

“We know we need to be bang-on on Saturday. It is now probably our biggest game of the season psychologically.

“If we start to believe the hype or think about summer, it could all go sour and it is a very slippery slope.”

He added: “It is going to be fine margins and I think it will go down to the wire.

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking at other team’s fixtures. I know the big boys have to play each other still and we would love to cement our place in the play-offs early if we could. But I have never been that lucky in my football career and I am preparing for it to go all the way to us needing something from Kidderminster.

“I will make sure we prepare for every eventuality. If we got to the end of the season and didn’t make it, I want it to be that we’d still given our all and not because we got sloppy.

“We are just enjoying it. The players seem to have a spring in their step and we are in a nice position with everything to play for which is excellent for the club, the supporters and everyone associated with Mansfield Town.”