Stags boss Paul Cox expects tough encounter against Barrow.

NMAC11-1913-14'Stags v Notts County'Paul Cox
NMAC11-1913-14'Stags v Notts County'Paul Cox

MANSFIELD Town manager Paul Cox believes relegation-threatened Barrow will provide stiff opposition at the One Call Stadium on Saturday.

Stags thumped the Bluebirds 7-0 at home last season but Cox says there will be no complacency going into the weekend clash.

“Barrow are a dangerous animal, they are fighting for their lives and it is going to be a really tough game but we’re really focussed on achieving a positive result,” he said.

“They’ve had some great results of late - winning at Newport and beating Luton, what happened last year is just chip paper now.

“But we want to emulate that type of performance, not just against Barrow, but in all our games and play like that and score that amount of goals against other teams.”

Cox says his team will have to scrap for every point between now and the end of the season if they are to have a realistic chance of promotion.

“We are focussed, we are hungry and we are working extremely hard,” he added.

“We have about 20 games left and there might be a number of matches where we have to scratch and bite to get a result.

“We have to be brave, win individual battles early on and earn the right to play but at this point of the season results are the most important thing.”