Mansfield Town focused as Lincoln City eye revenge
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox knows Lincoln City will be on a revenge mission tonight after the Stags wrecked their FA Cup dream.
But he says his side will keep their calm and focus to ensure their push for the Blue Square Bet Premier title gathers even more momentum.
The two sides have met three times already this season. A goalless draw in the league kicked it off before a second round cup clash ended 3-3, with Matt Rhead grabbing a last-gasp equaliser at Sincil Bank.
The replay meant more with both knowing the winner would land a third round home tie with Liverpool and Stags won 2-1.
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That hurt Lincoln and they have since parted company with boss David Holdsworth, Grant Brown taking caretaker charge.
But with the Stags looking to break into the play-off places this evening and just five points off leaders Wrexham with a game in hand, Cox knows they must remain focused.
His side have won seven of their last eight games and on the road, have won six of their last seven, the only blip being a 2-0 loss at Newport a fortnight ago.
Cox said: "We know it will be tough, it is a local derby. They will think they have a point to prove after the FA Cup, there will be some needle, but I do not like talking too much about the opposition.
"I like to concentrate on ourselves and make sure we are focused.
"We will go to them for the win. We have played them three times this season and they have all been close games so we know it will be tough and we are taking nothing for granted."
Just 15 minutes before kick-off at Luton on Saturday, Anthony Howell pulled up injured and Chris Clements got the nod to start, with Ben Hutchinson promoted to the bench.
Hutchinson then played a part in the winning goal by fellow sub Lindon Meikle, as he fired a last-minute strike to win the game 3-2.
Cox said it just proves how important the squad will be if they are to win promotion this season.
"The squad will come into play and they all have such an important part to play," he said.
Mansfield's away match at Forest Green Rovers on Friday, March 15 has been made all ticket, while the game at Woking has been put back 24 hours to Wednesday, March 6 (7.45pm).