MANSFIELD manager Keith Curle believes the play-off final against Town could go all the way to a shoot-out - but his players won't be practising penalties!
In charge for 18 months at Field Mill, Curle has guided his side to within 90 minutes of a return to Division II and is just as keen as counterpart Peter Jackson to complete the job in Cardiff on Monday (3.00).
It took a penalty shoot-out against Northampton at Field Mill last Thursday for The Stags to book their place at the Millennium Stadium, winning 5-4 after Northampton had won the second semi-final leg 3-1 to level on aggregate.
"We took another big step on our long journey with that win and I can see it going all the way in the final, too," said Curle, who watched Colin Larkin net the decisive kick.
"People have asked me if the experience of the shoot-out will stand us in good stead, but I'm a big believer in not practising penalties.
"I'm certainly not going to ask any of the lads to practice them during training.
"As far as I'm concerned, the lads who can handle the pressure will be the ones who take the kicks.
"All I ask is that those who put their names on them go up and be positive, just like they were against Northampton."
Wayne Corden took Mansfield's first spot-kick in the semi, followed by Liam Lawrence, Neil MacKenzie, Laurent D'Jaffo and Larkin.
Eric Sabin was the man who missed for Northampton.
Town, of course, are taking the opposite view and will be working on penalties throughout the week in case the teams cannot be separated after 120 minutes.