EARLY TEAM NEWS
Stags warned against complacency
AFTER two successive away victories, Stags boss Keith Curle has warned his side not to take Darlington for granted at Field Mill on Saturday (3pm).
"This is where the psychological side of the game, the mental side," comes in," he said.
"We have to make sure we maintain the tempo we have establised in those two away games.
"I have a lot of respect for any Mick Tait side and Darlington are a side that may surprise a few clubs this season.
"I saw them at Wolves in the Carling Cup and they are by no means a kick and rush side. They are well organised and do try to play football in the right way. I was quite impressed with them."
Curle added: "We were superb for 45 minutes of both away games this week for different reasons.
"I was delighted with the commitment and mental toughness we showed in the second half at Cambridge and the first 45 minutes at Bristol Rovers was the highest tempo we had played away from home since I came here, exactly when we needed it.
Young defender Alex John-Baptiste has a groin strain and will not be involved while Bobby Hassell (virus) and Tony Vaughan (ankle) are also doubts.
Oxford Unite's 1-0 win over fellow promotion hopefuls Torquay United last night saw them leapfrog Mansfield who are now down to fifth place.
Of the sides around Mansfield, leaders Hull City travel to managerless Northampton Town, Swansea City are at home to Lincoln City while Oxford travel to Boston United, all three very winnable games for the top three.
Fourth-placed Yeovil Town will also be favourites to get something from their trip to Cheltenham Town. Likewise, Torquay, hot on Mansfield's heels in sixth, have a home game with Bury.
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