PAUL Cox has warned his players that Saturday’s crucial trip to Ebbsfleet United could prove a far trickier task than the 0-0 midweek draw at promotion hopefuls Luton Town.
“When we play the big boys it seems to take care of itself,” said Cox.
“But, with no disrespect to Ebbsfleet, it is sometimes harder to go away to a ground with a small crowd and little atmosphere and it’s easy to get caught out.”
To underline his worries, Cox will be taking his squad down to Kent on Friday night to prepare properly.
Ebbsfleet are no mugs this season and are comfortably in mid-table.
Liam Daish’s men lost three and drew two of their first five home league games but have since improved to win five and draw three of the next 10.
Stags are currently five unbeaten, trying to cut that seven point gap to the play-offs, and have only lost twice in their last 14 league outings.
Paul Edwards, who joined the club today on a month’s loan from Fleetwood, will make his debut, with Martin Riley likely to be the one who makes way in the back four.