FA Cup - Stags must improve for Rovers clash

MANSFIELD Town know they are going to have to produce something special to win at in-form League One neighbours Doncaster Rovers tomorrow night (7.45pm) with the carrot of a third round home tie with Premiership Bolton Wanderers dangling for the winners.

They will certainly have to play far better than they did in Saturday's tame 2-0 home surrender to Bury.

But, at the same time, Stags know they have what it takes to beat the Yorkshire club, having led 1-0 with 91 minutes on the clock in the first game before Rovers snatched a late equaliser to force this all-ticket replay.

Since then Mansfield have also seen off high-flying Swindon comfortbaly 2-0 before Saturday's inexplicable dip in form.

It is a sequence that has again puzzled and frustrated manager Peter Shirtliff.

"Being a young side is no excuse," he said. "They have got to realise they have to be more consistent.

"You have no chance as a manager as you just don't know what to expect from them.

"It is so frustrating and I am sure they are as disappointed. But once they are on the pitch it is down to them.You can only do so much.

"We just fizzled out on Saturday. We started brightly and their goal was the first time they had got into our box and it was poor defending.

"I can't remember Carl Muggleton having another save to make and I felt at half time that we could still get something out of it.

"But straight after half time their second goal crept in - again from poor defending - and we just fizzled out.

"I think we had one corner and no shots at goal in that second half which tells you that, as an attacking force, we were absolute rubbish."

He added: "We know we can match Doncaster. It is usually a good surface there.

"Being the last night match at Belle Vue will make it a little bit of history which will probably add to the occasion and bring in a fair sized crowd.

"I hope that jolts my players and they play how they can play.

"Obviously it will be a difficult game. Doncaster will be favourites now on their home pitch and they have had a couple of good results since we played them.

"But anything can happen in cup ties."

Apart from Stephen Dawson (back injury) Shirtliff expects to have evryone else available.

Rovers are now nine games unbeaten and closing in on the League One play-off spots.

They have only lost once at home all season and since the 1-1 draw at Field Mill have won 4-0 at Brentford and 2-0 at Northampton.