CURLE PREVIEWS TORQUAY GAME
Chance for Stags to bounce back
STAGS boss Keith Curle is grateful his side face another tough test at Torquay United tomorrow night (Tuesday, 7.45pm) after Saturday's tame surrender at Doncaster.
Mansfield were out-fought and out-played by their promotion rivals on Saturday and tonight make the long trip south for tomorrow's clash with a Torquay side who have won four and drawn two of their seven home games to date and lie just four points behind Curle's men.
"Thank God we've got another game so soon after Saturday," he said.
"That level of performance will not happen again.
"We know it won't be easy. Torquay are a footballing side who like to play, similiar to us. They've been educated properly by Leroy Ronsenior, and we will have to work very hard."
Stags welcome back striker Junior Mendes into the squad after a hip injury but full back Bobby Hassell's ankle injury will keep him sidelined until at least the weekend.
Mansfield are remaining tight-lipped over a club bereavement until after tonight's game.
The Gulls are likely to remain unchanged from the side that tore apart league leaders Hull City on Saturday but had to be content with a 1-1 draw.
Preview: Torquay v Mansfield
Torquay player-coach Kevin Dearden keeps his place for the home match against fellow high-fliers Mansfield.
Fit-again keeper Arjan Van Heusden starts a two-match suspension although he would have missed the game anyway with a hand injury.
United are still without forward Martin Gritton (groin) and defenders Lee Canoville, Reuben Hazell and David Woozley, who are all recovering from knee operations.
Mansfield boss Keith Curle expects to be able to count on the fitness of frontman Junior Mendes as the Stags attempt to return to winning ways.
A stomach strain ruled Mendes out of last week's 2-1 LDV Vans Trophy defeat to Stockport as well as Saturday's 4-2 reverse at Doncaster although the striker is set to start at Plainmoor.
But defender Bobby Hassell is continuing to experience pain from his ankle injury and is not expected to feature against the the Gulls.
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