Mansfield Town’s task of getting into the League Two play-offs could be made harder by the result of tonight’s clash between rivals Coventry City and Lincoln City at the Ricoh Arena.
Stags are three points and a place behind Coventry in seventh and also three points behind Lincoln in sixth.
Tonight is both Coventry and Lincoln’s game in hand over Stags.
A draw would leave Mansfield four points adrift of both with two games left.
A win for home side Coventry would pile the pressure back on Lincoln, who have to go to title-chasing Accrington in their penultimate game of the season and are only one goal better off on their goal difference than Stags, who have the same goal difference as Coventry. However, Lincoln have twice beaten Accrington already this season.
“We will be watching that result tonight with massive interest,” said Mansfield manager David Flitcroft.
“I think it’s fundamental to what might happen this season.
“I’ve also spoken to people in the Accrington camp and they just want to win every football match.
“Lincoln have to go there and it’s a tough place to go and get a result as it has been all season.
“So it’s not over. Football always waits to the last game of the season. We have got to control our last two games against Yeovil and Crawley and make sure we get the maximum six points.
“Unfortunately we’ve got to wait to see what happens at other grounds.”