ONE win will help kick-start Mansfield Town’s faltering season, according to Stags loan defender Kieron Freeman.
The Field Mill side have drawn three and lost one of their last four games in what is their worst run of the season.
But despite the poor set of results Paul Cox’s side have continued to create countless chances to kill games off and are just six points adrift of Cambridge United in the last play-off place.
Freeman now hopes Stags can take their encouraging perfomance in the 1-1 draw against Gateshead into Saturday’s showdown with Alan Devonshire’s plucky Braintree.
“If we play like we did against Gateshead then we can win on Saturday,”he said.
“The Gateshead game was very frustrating, but it is something we will learn from. All we need is a win to get us going and kick-start our season again. Once we win we will be very hard to stop.
“We are still a team getting to know each other, getting to know what runs players like to make, how they like the ball delivered to them and things like that.
“We are a good team with a lot of promise and I believe there is a lot more to come from Mansfield Town.”
Mansfield were held to a 1-1 draw against newly-promoted Braintree when the sides met at the Amlin Stadium back in August.
It was yet another day of frustation for Stags who dominated large spells of the game, but again failed to make the most of good territory and chances to turn one point into three.
And Stags boss Paul Cox says he expects another tough contest when the Iron, who are currently 13th in the BSP table, make the trip north.
“Braintree are a handful and a team with good power and pace,”he said. “I am not surprised they have done as well as they have this season.
“Away from home they have surprised a few people but they are a good team who deserve to be where they are in the league.”
Stags are likely to be without Aman Verma who was substituted against Gateshead with a muscle tweak in his leg, but full-back Joe Kendrick is back in contention after shaking off an injury.