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Stags set for Robins contest

25 September 2017

Stags' boss Steve Evans says his squad are in 'good health' as they embark on the trip to Gloucestershire ahead of tomorrow's game against Cheltenham Town in which we'll look to extend our six-match unbeaten run.

Tomorrow's fixture at the LCI Rail Stadium (7.45pm kick-off) will be Stags' sixth game in September, a spell which has thus far yielded three wins and two draws. 

And the manager believes the 'one or two' players suffering from knocks are in good hands with the club's medical department. 

"The general health is good. We've just got one or two knocks that we're having to deal with, probably one or two in key areas," the Stags' chief said.

"We'll look at how fresh the players are this morning. There might be one or two tired legs; again, we've got one or two knocks but we're not going to speak about them, we'll leave them to the medical department.

"That comes across the course of the season and that's why we've got the players that we've got here, because it does take all types. There's some clubs that are doing particularly well, but if they get two or three knocks it'll be a problem for them.

"We wouldn't like to think it's a problem, we think it's an opportunity because some of the lads probably think they should be playing. That's always the way when you get real healthy competition in the group."

"We wouldn't like to think it's a problem, we think it's an opportunity because some of the lads probably think they should be playing."

Steve Evans, manager

The gaffer says he will take the threat posed by the Robins – who drew away to Accrington Stanley on Saturday – into consideration, but believes if he gets his team selection correct, they will always stand a chance of winning a game.

"It was a real tough game on Saturday; we had to go to 97 minutes on the clock to secure the points and we make the trip down to Cheltenham and Whaddon Road is a place that's always tough. It's a ground that [when] you go there when Gary's (Johnson, Cheltenham boss) got the best of his players available, it's never going to be easy.

"We say that if we get our game right, most of the time we're going to be involved in trying to win it. We'll take the consideration of the opposition as a big factor and then we'll sit down as a management team, as we always do, and i'll seek opinion and counsel and I'll retire to pick it."

The gaffer praised the impact of striker Danny Rose, who has scored winners in consecutive games in the last two weeks, heading home against Lincoln City last week before sweeping the ball into the net against Cambridge United on Saturday.

“When we arrived here, he had a conversation with myself and Paul Raynor in the office and he said he’s never been a player known to play beyond 60 minutes. Our aim in the summer was to get him so he could play 90 minutes.

“Our supporters around the bench probably heard me ask him ‘how are you?’ because it would have been a disaster for us to withdraw Kane Hemmings for us to then have Danny saying ‘look, my legs have gone’.

“He’s a real good guy. He works ever-so-hard, he comes in with a smile every day. He’s a lovely kid and, more importantly, he’s a young man at the minute who’s high in confidence and every time the ball goes in the box, he looks as though he can score a goal.”

Supporters will be able to login to iFollow Stags later today to view the manager's full news conference.


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