MANSFIELD Town are on the rise in Sky Bet League 2, but Derek Adams is fully clued up on how to combat the threat the Stags will pose to his Argyle side.
The Greens welcome one of the league’s in-form sides in to Home Park on Saturday, who have kicked on nicely from a solid end to last season, currently sitting fourth in the table.
“I think they’ve done really well this season,” said Derek. “They’ve pushed on from last season and they’ve put themselves in a really good position. They’re in fourth position and are in good, strong form.
“They’ve got some decent players. [Ryan] Tafazolli at the back is an important player for them. He’s only young, but he’s tall, he’s aggressive, and they’ve got a good number of players that play well as a team.”
A 2-2 draw away to the team separating Mansfield and Argyle in the division, Oxford United, saw Town continue their impressive recent form. Derek and his backroom staff, however, have been keeping close tabs on their opponents, observing their ability to adapt to many situations during a match.
“They change formation quite a bit,” said Adams. “The other night they changed their formation three or four times in the game, so they’ve got that flexibility in the squad.
“They’re very adaptable, they like to get the ball forward quickly, and they’ve done exceptionally well this season. They’ve done really over the last few games, picked up good victories and a good a point away from home against Oxford, so they’re going well.
“Craig [Brewster] watched them on Tuesday night, and Greg Strong watched them on Saturday. It’s going to be an interesting match.”