STAGS URGED TO PUSH ON
IAN WILKERSON, Evening Post, 11 February 2003
Mansfield manager Keith Curle wants his side to build on Saturday's 3-2 success over Notts County and win more than half of their remaining Division Two fixtures.
The victory pushed Stags up to 17th in the table but Curle is adamant that his team will not become complacent. They face another relegation clash with Colchester on Friday but the Stags boss is confident that his team can see the job through.
"I think that the next two games, against Colchester and QPR, are definitely winnable and the players will not be able to rest on their laurels,"he said.
"They need to impress in the remaining games and I want to win more than half of those."
Stags have 15 matches left with seven at home.
Oldham, Luton Town, Swindon, Peterborough, Port Vale , Barnsley and Northampton have to travel to Field Mill.
After the trips to Layer Road and Loftus Road, Stags' remaining away games are at Cheltenham, Huddersfield, Cardiff, Bristol City, Blackpool and Tranmere.
Curle said he was delighted with his team on Saturday.
"I thought it was a massive result for us and we did it by having no fear in our play. We matched them physically and we cause them problems in the final third," the manager said.
He was also pleased to see Andy White get on the scoresheet ??? a player who has received plenty of criticism from the Stags faithful.
Curle added: "I know Andy White is not going to be player of the year for a lot of people this season.
"He has come in for a lot of criticism lately and I had a word with him last week and he told me he was desperate to play and would score a goal.
"I was delighted he did because I know he will always give 100% and can score goals."
Meanwhile, Stags reserves play Boston tomorrow and Forest striker Mickael Antoine-Curier will be making an appearance.
Curle will also look at Spurs keeper Gavin Kelly.
He said: "My friend Hans Segars told me that he will be released by Spurs in the summer so we are taking the opportunity to have a look at him."
Kick-off at Field Mill is at 2pm.
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