CURLE PREVEWS LUTON GAME
Curle faces former boss for crucial points
STAGS player-manager Keith Curle desperately needs to put one over on his old Wimbledon boss, Joe Kinnear, when Mansfield face Luton Town at Field Mill tonight (7.45pm).
The firm friends will become enemies for 90 minutes tonight as Kinnear's Hatters stand in the way of three crucial points for the Stags.
"It will be nice to see Joe again," said Curle. "He will tell you he set my career on its way when he spotted me at a young age.
"We do need three points and I reckon five wins from our last 12 matches would give us a great opportunity of staying up.
"So it doesn't matter when those five wins come as long as we get them. But it would make life easier if we won the next five!
"Luton are not a long ball team. But they are a hard-working team that do play to their strengths.
"They get the ball wide and forward as soon as possible and play off a big man up front."
Midfielder Craig Disley will miss out tonight with medial knee ligament damage from Saturday's clash with Oldham's David Eyres, though intensive treatment could see him back for next weekend.
Disley has agreed to write a letter of support for Oldham agreeing Eyres' challenge was an accidental collision in the Latics' bid to get Eyres' red card rescinded.
"Oldham still have to play many of the teams around us so hopefully they can do us a favour back," said Curle.
"It is too soon for Craig to play tonight. But as one door closes, another opens and it's another shirt up for grabs."
Stags had two men sent off in a stormy home 4-1 success over the Hatters last season and also enjoyed a superb 3-2 win at Kenilworth Road earlier this season.
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