Plymouth Argyle boss Derek Adams praise for Mansfield Town ahead of showdown

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Plymouth Argyle boss Derek Adams praised Mansfield Town ahead of Saturday’s showdown between the two high-flying sides at Home Park that he agreed would be an ‘interesting’ clash.

Plymouth are in second place and Stags in fourth and Adams said: “I think they’ve done really well this season, pushed on from last season and put themselves in a really good position.

Click HERE to read Mansfield boss Adam Murray’s views on the game

“They’ve picked up good victories over the last couple of games and picked up a good point at Oxford.

“It’s going to be an interesting match. They’re all important games between now and the end of the season.”

He added: “They change formation quite a bit, sometimes three or four times in the game and they’ve got that flexibility in their squad.

“They’ve got some decent players and (Ryan) Tafazolli at the back is a big player for them.

“He’s only young but he’s tall and aggressive. They’ve got a good number of players that play well as a team.”

On the sides’ meeting at One Call Stadium back in September, he said: “It was 0-0, we played well and it was another interesting game.

“I think we hit the bar a couple of times and we probably feel like we should have won.”

Plymouth, without a game since January 30th, are hoping to get their title tilt back on course on Saturday and Adams said:

“We’re the ones that want to win the league and our aim is to go above Northampton. “There’s still a long way to go but we want to try to get above them.

“I think we’ve shown this season we’re capable of beating them, we won away from home there this season.

“We’re in an excellent position in the league, within striking distance of them and we want to win as many games as we possibly can.”

He continued: “We’re probably one of the best teams in the league at moving the ball with pace and guile and we’ll play that way until the end of the season.

“In certain games, Carlisle away for example, we’ve also shown we’re very adaptable.

“The pitch here is not as good as other pitches in the league, that’s painfully obvious due to the weather conditions.

“Teams have come here and played in different styles and time-waste a lot at Home Park and that’s been frustrating at times.”