John Coleman is expecting a fiery Field Mill atmosphere tomorrow when he takes his Stanley side to fellow promotion hopefuls Mansfield.

With a bumper crowd already expected, and Stanley having sold over 600 away tickets, the Reds boss believes that it could be an entertaining afternoon.

The Stags appointed Gary Flitcroft in March following the departure of Steve Evans and Coleman admits it has been a difficult situation for his opposite number to arrive into.

“It is a hostile place to go,” he said. “But I don’t know a League Two ground that isn’t hostile, any game you play away it is difficult to win.

“They spent heavily in the summer, that doesn’t always guarantee you getting a good squad but they recruited proven players and if you do that you have got half a chance.

“They might be disappointed with how it has gone of late but you can quickly turn your season around in this league, as we have proved since Christmas.

“I’ve got a lot of time for Flickers, he plays entertaining football and he’s always been quite successful at our level.

“It’s been different for him as he’s taken a team that’s been doing well rather than struggling, but you’d think he should be able to get a tune out of them between now and the end of the season.”

With Stanley sitting eight points clear of the play-off places, Coleman knows that the finish line is in sight but insists his side won’t be resting on their laurels.

“Between now and the end of the season we play five out of the top eight but every game we play is going to be difficult,” he added. “It doesn’t matter if you are coming up against teams at the top or bottom, look at Chesterfield on Sunday beating Notts County – they were exceptional.

“You’ve got to be consistent in your approach and pick up the points, which thankfully we have done in recent weeks.”