Mansfield Town midfielder Lee Stevenson to get a run in the side

NMAC11-2124-21''Lee Stevenson
NMAC11-2124-21''Lee Stevenson

STAGS boss Paul Cox is backing attacking midfielder Lee Stevenson to bring a vital new dimension to his team.

Frustrated Cox re-jigged Mansfield’s formation to a 4-3-3 line-up against Gateshead on Tuesday night to find a place in the starting side for Stevenson as he searches to add more goals to his side.

Mansfield have so far scored just 32 goals this season in 21 Blue Square Premier games and have dropped many points already after failing to turn draws into wins.

Stevenson, who joined Alfreton Town on loan in October, has been hindered by a foot injury for most of the campaign and has made just two starts for Stags - both times against Gateshead.

The prolific former Eastwood Town midfielder netted 96 goals in his last three seasons, including 35 in the previous campaign before he made the move to Fieldf Mill with boss Paul Cox.

And Cox is now backing goal-getting Stevenson to have the same impact for Stags.

He said: “We need to find goals from other areas of the team and we had to get Lee Stevenson into the equation somehow. He is a good player and did well against Gateshead.

“He has been raring to go and is going to have a run in the side now. We need goals and he will bring us that.

“The shape and balance of the team looked good on Tuesday night with the new formation. If we keep playing like that then goals will start to come and so will the wins.”

Mansfield have not won since they dramatically beat local rivals Alfreton Town 3-2 on 22nd October and need a win against Braintree on Saturday to kick start their promotion push.