Adam Murray warned his side to ignore the current League Two table or risk taking relegation-haunted Yeovil Town too lightly.
The Mansfield Town boss is well aware of the Glovers’ resurgence under new boss Darren Way since December and, with only one loss in the last eight League games, their current form is more like that of a play-off chasing side – even though they are still only six points clear of the drop zone.
“The bottom teams have now started to pick up and are winning games,” said Murray.
“Yeovil are a prime example. They are on a good run. We’ve had them watched a few times and they are in a false position. They’re a very good team.
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“Fair play to the guys down there. They’ve got them moving in the right direction and we know we’re in for a tough game on Saturday.
“With all due respect to Newport and Dagenham, for me, in my opinion – and I could be totally wrong – I think Yeovil are on a different level.
“They are showing at the minute that they were in League One. They obviously had the bad start and a lot of change.
“They have a new manager and they are fighting for him. They’re playing some really good stuff. Their position is false at the minute. If they’d made a better start they would have been in the mix as their form at the minute is probably play-off form.
“This not a bottom of the table team we are facing on Saturday. This is a very good team, so we are going to have to be on our mettle and preparations started on Sunday. The missus wasn’t happy but Sunday was Yeovil Sunday.”
Murray continued: “This will be as a tough as playing one of the top seven teams. They’ve had a right turn-around.
“Yeovil are playing with a lot of spirit at the minute – a lot of fight – but like any team have got weaknesses.”
However, he pointed out the Glovers were still playing under an immense amount of cloying pressure – a very different pressure to the one that underdogs Mansfield are enjoying in their unexpected play-off chase.
“The run they’ve been on is fantastic, but we know ourselves that when you are down there, it’s a different kind of pressure.
“They’ve had a good set of results recently, but they are still only six points off it. No one knows better than we do, as we’ve been there, that a couple of bad results and you’re back in there.
“So, it is a horrible pressure to have on you as you have to keep repeating those 110 per cent performances.
“It’s different to our pressure. Our pressure is one we are enjoying as it’s a goal we didn’t expect to have this season.
“I am going to give Yeovil credit as I’ve watched their last six or seven games and the shape they play and the way they play, they play very well. They are very structured and organised and very hard to beat. There’s a lot of draws in the run.
“But they are also an attacking threat. They play with three up there which drops to a five when they need to.
“It will be a tough test, but we’re in good form ourselves. We have a lot of confidence in the group and we play with a lot of freedom.”
Stags will be without central defender Krystian Pearce, who completes a two game ban while striker Craig Westcarr has gone out on loan to Southport.