PREVIEWS AND EARLY TEAM NEWS
Day misses revenge mission
RHYS Day will miss out again as Stags prepare to seek revenge against Macclesfield Town on Saturday (3pm).
The Welsh central defender has not recovered from his ankle injury and won't be part of the squad which is looking to set the record straight after a 4-0 defeat in Macclesfield on Tuesday in the LDV Vans Trophy.
Manager Keith Curle made eight changes to give the rest of his squad a competitive outing. But few emerged with much credit as the Silkmen's first team took them apart.
"Rhys will not be ready for Saturday," said Curle.
"He jogged on it again yesterday and was still getting pain.
"Mind you, if you had seen the state of his ankle after the tackle you be surprised he was running on it so soon at all."
Curle believes he learned enough on Tuesday to polt the Silkmen's downfall on saturday.
"If we can get the ball quickly into wide areas, we will give them problems," he said. "I don't think Brian Horton will be able to change his side too much from the one he fielded on Tuesday, but I can change mine.
"We are taking nothing for granted, though. We can't just go out and there and expect a result. We have to earn the right first.
"But I believe we will see a different story on Saturday."
Stags ready for revenge
DESPITE losing 4-0 in the LDV Vans Trophy at Macclesfield Town last night, Stags boss Keith Curle insisted it would be a different story when the sides meet in League Two at Field Mill this Saturday.
Stags brought in eight of their current fringe players and were given the run-around by a Macclesfield first team, who are also above them in the League.
But Curle said: "I guarantee it will be a lot better on Saturday with a different result and a better performance level.
"You are always disappointed when you lose and, this time, it was the manner of the defeat as well.
"I hope the players are thinking the same as me - thank God we are playing Macclesfield again on Saturday.
"There is no better way for us to answer the questions that are going to be thrown at the players.
"Saturday we will see a positive response. I do not believe last night will give Macclesfield Town any psychological advantage as we have got better players than them.
"Last night I took the opportunity to rest a few players and use players who were in need of a competitive game and give them a chance to show me what they'd got.
"But the goals we conceded were worse than soft.
"Whether it's the LDV, a training game, a Play-off final or a cup final, your principles have got to stay the same and we didn't stick to them."
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