Stags look to build on away point
CHAD website, 26 October 2004
STAGS will be looking to build on Saturday's creditable 1-1 draw at soaking wet Wycombe with the visit of Bury this Saturday (3pm).
Although Derek Asamoah shot Stags ahead, they were left still looking for the second away win of the season after an equaliser by Adam Birchall.
"It is only a matter of time before we turn these excellent away performances we are producing into victories," said manager Keith Curle.
"We must use the Wycombe game as a stepping stone with our next two League games at home.
Bury arrive at Field Mill this Saturday - scene of last season's eight goal thriller - just a point and two places behind seventh-placed Stags - and Curle added: "They will come here playing 3-5-2 and be organised, disciplined and physical.
"They will try to give us a frustrating afternoon. But this is an opportunity for Mansfield supporters to come out in their numbers and give us the same sort of vocal backing they gave us against Notts County.
"Winning these next two home games would cement our place in the top seven and give us the chance to go on another unbeaten run.
Only defender Rhys Day remains in the treatment room with his ankle injury but is keeping his fingers crossed he will be fit for Saturday.
It will be four weeks between away league games for Stags with an FA Cup date sandwiched inbetween - the first round draw is this Saturday.
But Mansfield do have a trip to make this Tuesday (7.45pm) when they head over the hills to Macclesfield Town for their LDV Vans Trophy second round game at the Moss Rose ground.
The Silkmen are certainly having a much better season, currently two places and two points above Mansfield, and are also the next League visitors to Field Mill the following weekend.
"It is certainly a good chance to have a look at them so close to our League game," said Curle. "And, whatever people say, this is a match we want to win.
"Obviously I am aware of which players in my squad badly need games.
"But the size of our squad and that of many in our division, won't allow managers to be able to pick a 'weakened' team."
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