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Stags set for huge double header

12 April 2017

Mansfield Town boss Steve Evans wants a 'resolute' display on Good Friday at Wycombe as Stags prepare for a potentially season-defining double header over Easter.

We currently sit in 13th position in Sky Bet League Two, four points off the play-offs, with five games remaining. Wycombe, our next opponents, are two places and one point above us in the division.

Good Friday's match at Adams Park precedes the visit of Luton Town at One Call Stadium on Easter Monday.

Earlier in the week, manager Steve Evans revealed a minimum target of four points to ensure Stags remain in the play-off hunt.

And today the boss intimated that his team would be aiming to start Friday's contest on the front foot in our bid for maximum points.

“We’ve let ourselves down in recent weeks just by either missing a chance or by not doing something properly defensively," said the gaffer. "In both boxes it’s probably not been at the top end of the scale.

“Box to box we have been the best team in most of the games we’ve played, probably with the exception of Doncaster who are the best team in the league.

“What do we need to do? We need to go there [to Wycombe] and have a real resolution about our performance and take our chances when they come and do our job all over the pitch. If we do that we’ll be in the game.

“We want to go there and play at our best. We will go and entertain and 'have a go'. There’s no point in us going there and trying deliberately to sit behind the ball. 

“At times, Wycombe will have possession. I can tell our travelling fans, and there’ll be hundreds of them, that there’ll be times in the game when we’ll have to dig deep and get our defensive game right, but that’s no different from any other week of the season."

Summing up the next two fixtures, he said: “It’s a fantastic game to be involved in, followed by Luton Town coming here on Monday. It’s a fantastic weekend of football and a huge weekend."

In team news, striker Pat Hoban has returned to training after a knee injury whilst right-back Hayden White could also be in contention for a return to the squad after a groin problem. 

Speaking about White, the manager said: “His biggest test will come tomorrow when we ask him to go to maximum level. If he goes to maximum level then he could be available. If he can’t quite get there I'm hopeful that it’ll be Monday [when he returns]."

 Stags PlayerHD subscribers can watch the manager's interview in full.

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