MANSFIELD Town must tighten up at the back if they are to climb the BSP table, according to centre-back Rhys Day.
The Field Mill side have failed to establish a settled back four throughout the season due to injuries, illness and suspensions and have shipped 49 goals in their 30 league outings resulting in a slide down the table.
In recent week’s Stags have had difficulty defending set-pieces and conceded three goals at home to Newport, before eventually roaring back for a share of the spoils.
Said Day: “Maybe it is a lack of concentration. Players are given a job to do by the manager and if they don’t do it then we concede goals.
“We need to work hard in training and keep switched on if we are to stop the goals going in.
“For me I don’t think every player is clear on their job on a Saturday and not enough is being done in training during the week.
“Set-piece goals are costing us and it is harming our league position.”
Fellow defender Kevin Sandwith has also called on the team to improve their concentration and tighten up in defensive areas, especially in the second phase of play.
“We are not reacting quick enough to the second ball and that is something we are working on at the moment,” he said.
“We have to be quicker on the second ball and be more aware of what is going on around us. I think a lot of our problems are down to concentration.”