Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray has spoken of his admiration of Wycombe Wanderers ahead Saturday’s League Two clash at the One Call Stadium.
The Stags go in to the game well-placed in the play-off picture having picked up four points on the road from their last two outings at Yeovil Town and Portsmouth.
And, as the division continues to crystallise after 15 games, Mansfield will be looking to take three points off a Wycombe side with their own aspirations of another top seven finish.
The Chairboys, managed by former QPR man Gareth Ainsworth, felt the pain that came with narrowly missing out on automatic promotion followed by defeat on penalties at Wembley last season.
But that is where Murray hopes any similarities would end as he plots to go one better and seal Mansfield a place in English football’s third tier come May of next year.
Murray said: “They’ve done brilliantly. What they’ve built down there is superb. To go from a team that were nearly relegated on the last day to get in to the play-offs and another cracking start it’s of credit to them.
“What they are doing down there I think is for everyone to look at. At the minute, we’re on our own journey and we’re involved in our own project. All our focus is on us because we believe if we stay on this journey we can be successful.
“I’d like us to be better than Wycombe if I’m honest. Wycombe didn’t get promoted. We’re still setting our goals at the moon, we’re still aiming for perfection. This is very early in to our journey and we wanted this season to be a progressive one.
“It’s good to look at Wycombe and what they’ve done over the past couple of seasons but we want to improve on what they did and ultimately be better than them.
He added: “We believe as a football club we are growing off the football pitch and on it. We’re moving forward at a good speed and it’s important we keep our focus.”
Wycombe have dusted themselves down this time around and are positioned tenth in the table just three points off seventh-placed Accrington Stanley ahead of the weekend’s fixtures.
And Murray is under no illusions of how tough a test it will be for his in-form side on Saturday.
“We want to put more points on the board and that’s what we’ll look to do against Wycombe,” he said. “They had a great season last season and they’ve carried that on. The league’s very tight at the minute.
“It’ll be a tough test for us. It’ll provide different problems. They’re a very efficient and strong outfit. We’ve been working on their strengths and weaknesses this week. We’re at home so we’ll try and make it as much about us as we can.
“I think it’ll be a game where we have to be prepared for everything. They can put you on the back foot and get the ball in the box early. They’re very dangerous, have a lot of attacking threats and play a full tempo game on the front foot.
“We’re going to have to take it to them and make sure that we stick to our game plan - nullify their strengths and take advantage of their weaknesses.”