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15th April 2002 12:29

Boss banking on Cumbrians
Stuart Watkiss is banking on Carlisle giving Cheltenham a "difficult" game tomorrow in the hope of taking the promotion race to the final day.
Watkiss will be a very uncomfortable spectator at Brunton Park, as he and the whole of Mansfield will be Cumbrian fans for a night.
Mansfield know that if their promotion rivals win at Carlisle, The Stags' automatic promotion hopes will be over as The Robins will be four points ahead going into the final game of the season.
A draw would leave The Robins needing at least a point at Plymouth on Saturday, while The Stags take on Carlisle themselves at Field Mill.
And Watkiss said: "I will be at Carlisle tomorrow and I know it will be edge of the seat stuff for me.
"It is partly because of the situation and partly scouting mission as we play them on Saturday that I am going up.
"If Cheltenham win then we will start looking at the play-offs, but if they don't win then it's game back on for us."
Mansfield's disappointing 3-1 defeat at York's Bootham Crescent on Saturday made a serious dent in The Stags' promotion aspirations, but Watkiss is hoping for a few twists in the tale yet before the end of the League campaign.
He added: "If we could have won at York on Saturday I would have really fancied us to do it. We've only ourselves to blame and now it's out of our hands.
"I am sure Carlisle will give Cheltenham a difficult game, and if Cheltenham don't win, they won't relish going to Plymouth on Saturday."


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