Mansfield Town new boy Alex Fisher aims to develop strike partnership with Ollie Palmer

Players congratulate Alex Fisher after he opens the scoring for the Stags -Pic by: Richard Parkes

Players congratulate Alex Fisher after he opens the scoring for the Stags -Pic by: Richard Parkes

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New boy Alex Fisher believes his Mansfield Town career is starting to take off after bagging his second goal in as many games.

The former Monza striker headed Mansfield into a 1-0 half-time lead in last night’s defeat against Aston Villa to add to his effort against Notts County on Saturday.

And Fisher says he now hopes to get a solid pre-season under his belt and build on his partnership with Ollie Palmer.

“It is great being involved in the team, the players are a great set of lads who have been really welcoming,” he said.

“Pre-season is vital for me, if you don’t have a good pre-season in terms of fitness levels then you are playing catch-up throughout the season.

“It has been a tough couple of weeks, but it is all starting to come together now. The boss has his plan and it is like jigsaw pieces starting to come together.

“I am starting to form a nice partnership with Ollie Palmer. He is a really hardworking player who does the physical stuff well and allows me to express myself.

“Scoring goals really helps the confidence levels and I am delighted to have scored twice already, especially with one of those being against a Premier League side,” he said.

“The fans have been great to me and hopefully I can keep scoring goals for them.”

Mansfield face Birmingham City on Saturday and could be without talisman Sam Clucas, who was subbed against Villa after picking up a knock.

Midfielder Fergus Bell also picked up a knock and was substituted early in the first half.

Cox is likely to field another trialist goalkeeper, his third different shotstopper in three games, as he looks to find a permanent replacement for Alan Marriott.