Speaking to the Mansfield and Ashfield Chad, manager Steve Evans is expecting a tough game against an side who can ‘beat any team in this league’ in his words. The Stags now find themselves in a Sky Bet play-off place after a fine run of form.

Mansfield, under the stewardship of former head coach Evans, have lost just once in their previous ten matches in all competitions. Seven of those returned in victories, but the fired-up Scot wants his side to maintain complete concentration and composure tonight, as they will ‘pay a price’ if they don’t.

At the weekend it was a routine victory against at the One Call Stadium, but Evans anticipates a much sterner test tonight,

“They are a better team that Hartlepool in my opinion.

“I think Dave Jones (Hartlepool boss) has his work cut out. He’s like me, he’s just gone in there. But he didn’t get so much time to make a big difference, if any, in the transfer window.

“But Accrington Stanley have beaten the likes of Bradford this season, they’ve beaten Luton, and they drew with Carlisle. We got walloped by Carlisle, but they drew with them and should have beaten them.

“That was when Carlisle were in super form and not in the dip they are having now. It proves that Accrington have got some very tidy players.

“That tells you how tough it’s going to be tomorrow night and if any of my players are complacent then they will pay a price – that’s for sure.”


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