Northampton Town assistant boss Alan Knill knows his side cannot underestimate Mansfield Town

The One Call Stadium, home of Mansfield Town FC.
The One Call Stadium, home of Mansfield Town FC.

Northampton Town assistant boss Alan Knill expects a tough test against Mansfield Town as his side look to return to winning ways.

The on-form Cobblers saw an impressive five-game winning run ended by basement-boys Hartlepool United on Tuesday night.

And Knill knows that his side cannot afford to underestimate fellow strugglers Mansfield as they look to close in on an unlikely play-off place.

“It will be another really competitive game and first and foremost we will need to compete,” said Knill.

“It’s not really about where the opposition are in the league, it’s about us and making sure that we are right.

“We know that if we are at our best we are capable of beating anybody in this league, but if we aren’t at our best we can lose to anybody as well.

“We were all disappointed on Tuesday, it didn’t look like we were going to lose the game but we made one mistake and we got punished.

“Mansfield will be fully committed, that is a given in this league and we will be expecting that on Saturday.

“The run in for us started in January and now we are looking for maximum points from the three games we’ve got left in February.

“A month ago we were looking over our shoulders, but the work we’ve done in January means we are now looking up rather than down, and we want to bounce back from Tuesday at the first possible opportunity but it will be really difficult.”

Stags, who face Luton at home on Tuesday night, were beaten 2-1 by Morecambe on Tuesday night and are just two points above York City in the final relegation slot.

Assistant boss Micky Morre believes another 21 points from the last 17 games could be enough to ensure Football League survival.