DJAFFO SET FOR HULL DEBUT
Djaffo set for big match debut
LAURENT Djaffo looks set to make his Mansfield Town debut in Saturday's all-ticket showdown with Hull City at Field Mill (3pm).
The 33-year-old Benin international target man was pencilled in alongside Iyseden Christie to start the game in Tuesday's postponed home game with Torquay United.
Now he faces a real baptism of fire against a Hull side, who like Stags, have stuttered of late.
Hull have sold all their ticket allocation of almost 2,500 and Stags tickets are selling well too - fans have until 5pm on Friday to buy them. None will be available on the day.
Djaffo has been short on first team football this season after finding himself out of favour at Aberdeen.
But he has beeen training hard and made one appearance in the recent African Nations Cup.
Curle played with Djaffo at Sheffield United as well as againt him on several occasions and said: "I know Laurent well.
"He is experienced enough to know his role in the team. he won't be taking on nine or 10 opponents. I want him to be the target man and the link man.
"This is a massive game for both sides and the start of a massive month for us. We've built towards this all season and now's the time for players to really earn their money.
"Both sides will be thinking it's a good time to be playing the other and a win could give us the kickstart we need.
"When we won at Hull it was a great performance thaat gave us some real unity.
"On Saturday there will be a great atmosphere here and we need to get at them. If I was their manager I know I would be saying let's keep the home crowd quiet for the first 20 minutes.
"I can tell there is a simmering performance in my players and one I just need to keep the lid on."
Key midfielder Tom Curtis has recovered from his knee operation and is back in the squad.
The game is also the final scheduled one of Richard Pacquette's loan spell from QPR, though he is unlikely to start.
Rhys Day and Luke Dimech are the likely centre back pairing with Dave Artell out serving a one game ban.
No progress on Greenacre chase
STAGS have made no progress in their attempts to lure former Field Mill goal king Chris Greenacre back on loan.
Manager Keith Curle is in touch with Stoke every day and said: "All I can say is Chris is still a Stoke City player and I am doing my best to get him here.
"Officially I cannot approach him directly so, if Stoke are willing to let him come, then it will be up to Chris.
"If he sees his future still elsewhere that will be up to him. I am still looking elsewhere too. I won't put all my eggs in one basket.
"I know I have some money available but I won't use it for the sake of filling a shirt. It has to be Chris or someone of the same quality."
Fans not entitled to refunds
MANSFIELD Town have pointed out that supporters are not officially entitled to refunds following Tuesday night's late postponement of the home game with Torquay United.
Confusion has surrounded the issue since the game was called off just before kick-off when a frost set in.
Yesterday chairman Keith Haslam said fans wanting refunds could have them.
But, while he declined to comment further today, he explained it was not a policy at Mansfield Town or any other League club to refund monies.
The club rules state: "Refunds for match tickets not used are considered under exceptional circumstances.
"If a match is postponed before kick-off, but the supporter has paid and entered the ground, ticket holders are entitled to free admission to the rearranged game."
Vouchers were issued to fans as they left the stadium and the majority of them will use them for the new date when it is announced.
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