Date: 27th April 2017 at 6:48pm
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In a surprise move, Mansfield Town boss Steve Evans looks to have buried the hatchet with a certain Derek Adams at Plymouth.

The two clashed at the One Call just a few weeks ago, when Plymouth were guilty of a smash and grab raid, despite the Stags dominating most of the game but losing 2-0 on the day.

It led to claim and counter claims from both managers, as Evans accused Adams of saying that ‘he was the best manager outside of the premier league’, a claim Adams replied was ‘nonsence’.

Still, Evans looks to have calmed a little as he spent a lot of his midweek press conference giving views on the current top three, and in particular if Portsmouth could still gatecrash the title charge of both Doncaster and Plymouth.

In the press conference summary on the Mansfield Chad website, Evans said of his rival Adams ‘I know we may have had a war of words but I do have a lot of respect for the guy and they will fight for the title until the death.’

His special praise though went on Saturday’s rival Paul Cook, manager at Portsmouth, who now stand in the way of the Stags rollercoaster, and a possible jump into the play offs.

“They are one of the best sides in the division by far,” he said before the Chad. “The manager is up there with the best of them, his assistant is up there with the best of them, the players are up there with the best of them.”

“The one thing Paul Cook does is get his recruitment right.’ He concluded on his thoughts on Portsmouth.

Evans then concluded his conference by once again urging the Mansfield public to come out and back his players as they bid for the play offs.

The top three can look after themselves, all of them have been promoted, the real battle is now below and for those play offs.