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Bell: Mansfield clash 'massive'

17 August 2017

Stanley assistant manager Jimmy Bell says he is expecting an exciting battle when Steve Evans brings his Mansfield side to the Wham Stadium on Saturday.

The Reds head into the game off the back of a 3-2 defeat at Yeovil but Bell insists that his side are chomping at the bit to bounce back.

“The result last Saturday hurt us,” he said. “There was some harsh words on Saturday, we've gone over the videos and had a day off to reflect, now everything is geared toward Mansfield and righting those wrongs.

“It's a massive game as Mansfield are title favourites all of a sudden, it's going to be a great game and these are the types of games that we stood up to last season and I'm confident we'll turn in a good performance.

“I've been watching Mansfield from afar, they've brought some big players in and they've been made title favourites.

“Perhaps it's a mantel they wouldn't want to take but they'll try and use it to their advantage. I know that Steve [Evans] wiil demand that his players believe they are the favourites.

“He's had a clear-out this summer, brought in his own types of player and he wants to do things his way, we're expecting a tough game."

The two sides last met in a thrilling 4-4 draw at Field Mill in February, and Bell is looking forward to the touchline battle with Evans who is known for his fiery approach.

“Steve can be ferocious on the touchline,” said Bell. “You have to stand up to that and do everything you can to allow our team to perform, me and John [Coleman] will do everything in our power.

“We had a fantastic tussle on the touchline last season in the 4-4 draw, that was up there with the best games I've been involved in."

Stanley's preparations for Yeovil were disrupted by illness and niggling injuries in the camp but Bell says he is expecting to have greater numbers to choose from this weekend.

“We'll have at least two back in the match day squad,” he added. “We are still waiting on a couple of scans but it's looking positive and we will have some selection decisions to make.”


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