CRAIG Hignett says Hartlepool United are braced for a big physical test at Mansfield Town on Saturday, writes ROY KELLY.
Pools, a place above the relegation zone, are up against not just an in-form side who are third in League Two, but a team that possess real size.
The Stags stood firm against leaders Chesterfield last Saturday and took all three points in the derby thanks to a goal by Calvin Andrew.
“They beat Chesterfield last week which was a great result for them,” Hignett said.
“We’ve seen the game, they are very direct.
“We know what’s coming – they are a big, physical side – but we’ll be prepared for it.
“We’ve been working on it all week.”
Pools, though, will be without one of their biggest physical forces, Steve Howard, who will start a three-match ban this Saturday.
Boss Colin Cooper and assistant Hignett have decided not to appeal against the red card handed out to the veteran striker in the dying seconds of last week’s 3-1 defeat to Oxford.
H Dan Jones’s looping header earned Hartlepool Reserves a 1-1 Central League draw against Hull last night. Former Sunderland reserve James Armstrong gave the Tigers a first-half lead.