Ultimate test for high-flying Stags against leaders Fleetwood

HIGH-FLYING Mansfield Town should have little trouble geeing themselves up for the mouthwatering visit of leaders Fleetwood Town tomorrow (7.45pm).

Stags have stormed into the play-off zone with five successive wins and now face the ultimate test against a Cod Army who are unbeaten in 22 league games, winning the last six.

“It is a big game for us, but it is a big game for both clubs really,” said boss Paul Cox.

“I think Fleetwood will want to come here and carry on their momentum, as do we, and we are really looking forward to it.

“The lads are playing with a smile on their faces and enjoying their football and they won’t need getting up for games like Tuesday. They must embrace games like this.

“I can see it being a cracker of a football match with both teams giving their all.

“Come the 90th minute we will see what we need as a benchmark to win a championship as I think Fleetwood will go on and win it.

“We must be respectful of them and earn the right to get a result against the best team in the league. We will see how far we have come as a club and as a group of players.”

Stags fans attending the win over Lincoln last week were given free tickets for tomorrow so, with the current run, a big attendance is expected.

Stags are now on the final 10 games of the season countdown and Cox added: “We have 10 cup finals ahead and we are looking for maximum points from them.

“The euphoria at Tamworth on Saturday was great seeing so many of our fans there and the noise they made for us was humbling. The players felt the love and responded.

“I have put their feet back on the ground for tomorrow, but I have to be careful not to take away the pleasure from players and supporters when we’ve won a game.”

Skipper Adam Murray is fully fit and champing at the bit for a recall while on-loan newcomer, defender Danny Andrew, will be hoping for a place in the 16. Winger Adam Smith is touch and go with injury.