Shrimps’ boss Bentley picks up Evans praise

Mansfield Town boss Steve Evans
Mansfield Town boss Steve Evans

Mansfield Town manager Steve Evans described this weekend’s potential banana skin match at Morecambe as potentially the toughest of the eight games left for his play-off chasing Mansfield Town side.

The Stags saw off Carlisle United 2-0 last weekend to stay in the hunt for a top seven place and now sit ninth, three points outside the play-offs.

They have some huge games looming against sides around and above them, but boss Evans is more worried by the prospect of Saturday’s tough trip to a mid-table side with no pressure on them and nothing but pride to play for.

“It will be the toughest on Saturday,” he said. “I don’t fear the Lutons, Doncasters and Exeters, they will take care of themselves. They are full of quality.

“What Jim Bentley does at Morecambe is he works miracles. I think he went to Lourdes a couple of times.

“He is a man I have a great relationship with. I know a lot of his players personally, like Kevin Ellison. They are wonderful footballers.

“Morecambe are up for every game, especially at home, and the higher up the table they are the better they can be.

“So, for me, this is going to be one of our toughest of the season, if not certainly one of the toughest away games.

“We have to prepare the group mentally and physically to be ready for a tough challenge.

“We have eight games left and after we come out of Morecambe, it’s seven and squeaky bum time.”