Stags on a striker search ahead of Macclesfield trip

STAGS are on a striker search ahead of tomorrow night’s tough trip to in-form Macclesfield Town.

With only two fit and available strikers, Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox is hoping chairman John Radford will allow him to bring in another forward for the game at the the Moss Rose, which both sides are hoping will go ahead with two days of heavy rain forecast.

“We went into Saturday with two fit strikers in the entire squad,” said Cox.

“If we are a club with aspirations, we have to compete with the likes of Luton.

“In the second half I had to play a central midfielder up front, though that’s nothing against Anthony Howell, who I thought did well.

“I have a couple of options and would love to bring a striker in for tomorrow. I may have to do a bit of wheeling and dealing before that can happen.”

Macclesfield dropped to fourth place on Saturday after a 2-1 home defeat by promotion rivals Forest Green Rovers, but Cox knows how hard it will be tomorrow.

“They have the best scoring record in our league, though they are only one of three who have scored more than us.

“But we don’t want to go up there and try to win 5-4. I want to us to be solid and stop conceding sloppy goals.

“The two we gave away in such a short space of time after leading at Telford on Saturday were criminal.”

He added: “We need to lose our anxiety. Being one of the pre-season favourites to win the league, some of the players seem to be carrying it around. We need to get this monkey off our backs and learn to enjoy playing football again. We need to play with a bit of freedom and a smile on our faces.

“We are more than aware of what Macclesfield are capable of. We have to go there with a stronger mindset.”

Matt Green completes his three-game suspension tomorrow.

Injured pair Nick Wright and Andy Todd have an outside chance of making the squad but Ben Hutchinson needs time to regain some fitness after a lay-off with an Achille’s tendon injury.