LEE Stevenson is hoping his performance in Friday’s 2-0 win against Wrexham has pushed his claim to be a full part of Mansfield Town’s adventure.
The midfielder’s signing was hailed as an exciting one last summer after his three years of fantastic goalscoring exploits a division below at Eastwood.
However, his chances have been limited this season, so he was relieved to get a start last weekend.
Stevenson said: “I enjoyed the game. I have bided my time and hopefully did myself justice and can keep my place in the starting XI. Really I needed that performance five months ago.
“I’d die for a goal at the minute. I did score on Friday but they gave me offside so I was very unlucky.
“Hopefully I can stay in the squad on Saturday and nick a goal to make the gaffer sit up and notice. I want to finally show people what I can do.
“It’s been a frustrating season and I do feel a bit hard done to. It does make it a bit harder to swallow as I know the gaffer so well. But I can’t complain. I was in the team in September that lost at Droylsden and since then they have done magnificently.
“I know I have just got to work hard in training, not just for the team but for myself. If the chance comes I have go to be ready physically and mentally to take my chance.”
He added: “The games ahead are absolutely enormous.
“Last Friday’s attendance was almost touching 4,000. Not many in League Two could get that. This club deserves to be in League Two and I hope we can do the fans and the people of Mansfield proud.”