Mansfield Town are looking to win a record sixth successive game on Saturday as they travel to Walsall.
Nigel Clough’s side are flying high, having only lost two games under his reign so far, but the manager is not taking anything for granted saying that Saturday’s game will be “one of the toughest games” the Stags will play this season.
Just three points separate the sides going into the game and a win for Mansfield on Saturday would see them leapfrog Walsall.
Speaking before the game, Clough said of their current form, “halfway through the season now, being 10 or 11 points ahead of the bottom two and looking up rather than down is a brilliant position to be in.”
Mansfield will still be without captain Ollie Clarke for the trip, but he may make an appearance from the bench, with Clough saying “he has a chance to prove he’s fit” ahead of the match.
The Stags have not lost against Walsall since a 4-0 defeat in 2007 and their most recent clash ended in a 1-1 draw, shortly before Clough took charge at the One Call Stadium.
The Saddlers themselves are unbeaten in their last three games and will look to continue their recent form by causing an upset against the league’s in-form side.
Clough is aware that winning for a sixth game in-a-row will not be an easy feat and he has warned his players of the “different challenges” Walsall will throw at his side.
As a side in such good form, Mansfield will not be looking at making a lot of moves close to deadline day, with the manager saying, “there’s no need for wholesale changes.
“a couple [coming in] would be nice and we could be looking two or three going out.
“I see clubs all across the leagues bring in four, five or six players, it’s lovely to be in the position where we’re happy with most of the players and we can just do a little bit of tinkering here and there.”
By Lewis Brumby