Mansfield Town have ‘every chance of making the play-offs’ - boss Paul Cox

CONFIDENT Stags boss Paul Cox says Mansfield Town have every chance of making the end-of-season play-offs despite the stuttering run of form which has seen them pick up just three points from their last four games.

Despite drawing their last three outings, Stags have created plenty of excellent chances to convert all three games into maximum point hauls - something which would have left them level on points with Cambridge United in the last play-off place and with a game in hand against Tamworth.

“This league is a very tight league where anyone can beat anyone. Even Bath who are bottom have taken points off fancied teams such as Luton and Cambridge,”he said. “There is a big pack of teams who can make the play-off places and get promoted, and we are one of them.

“It does not follow that one of the teams in the play-offs at the moment will be promoted, it might well be a surprise package who makes a late run and comes good in the final games of the season. We need to make sure we stay with the pack.”

The focused boss is now calling on his side to pick up where they left off against Gateshead and bag all three points against Alan Devonshire’s Braintree today.

Added Cox: “Against Gateshead we looked much more like the side we were at the start of the season when we went on a good run and hopefully we can recapture that form and go on another good run.

“There are still a lot of games left and a lot of points still to play for. We have got a good team here and are not doing a lot wrong at the moment.”

But Cox also knows that if Stags are to achieve their ultimate goal they will have to put their wasteful finishing behind them.

“We have got to be more ruthless and get more goals from other areas of the team. Draws do not win promotion,”he said. “It is important we take the Gateshead performance into the Braintree game and get some momentum going.

“If we keep creating the chances that we are doing then the goals will come and so will the wins.”