Micky Moore believes new boy James Baxendale can fire Mansfield Town up the table

Mansfield Town v Stevenage - Skybet League Two - One Call Stadium - Saturday 9 jan 2016''James Baxendale
Mansfield Town v Stevenage - Skybet League Two - One Call Stadium - Saturday 9 jan 2016''James Baxendale

Micky Moore believes new signing James Baxendale could give Mansfield Town the quality they need to climb the table.

The Stags pushed themselves back into the play-off reckoning with a comfortable 2-1 win over Stevenage.

Goals from Chris Clements and debutant James Baxendale wrapped up the points to end a run of four games without a win.

Stags took the lead through Clements’ 42 minute free-kick to cap a good half for the home side.

Stevenage’s best chance of the half came when Michael Tonge hit the post with a curling effort from 20 yards.

The visitors also had a penalty appeal turned down after a Fraser Franks shot was charged down by Krystian Pearce.

Mansfield doubled their lead when Baxendale fired a perfectly placed effort from distance past Chris Day on 65 minutes.

Armand Gnanduillet, on loan from Chesterfield, hit a consolation goal with the last kick of the game.

Mansfield Town first team coach Micky Moore praised the quality of Baxendale and the importance of the win.

“Baxendale is a player that we have been watching. He is a League One footballer and has got the quality we need,” he said.

“His game time has been limited at Walsall, but his quality speaks for itself.

“We changed our formation to a 4-2-3-1 which we felt would allow Baxendale to impose himself. The movement of our front four was excellent today.

“We felt our performances have been good of late, but the results have not gone our way.

“It was important to get back to winnings ways on what has been an emotional week for the club.

“We have only lost one in six. Only time will tell what this win will do for our confidence, but it gives us something to build on.

“This was a very satisfying win. I thought our work-rate and intensity was good. We worked hard when we did not have the ball and we created chances.”

Stevenage boss Teddy Sheringham was left frustrated by what he saw as the poor refereering of David Webb

“Was it even a free-kick for their opener? It looked like the lad took a tumble but who knows if it was a free-kick,” he said.

“Our wall has been pushed back to 12 yards and I am not sure why. It is very disappointing to have lost a game when we were playing well in the first half.

“We should have had a penalty in the first half. We had an identical penalty go against us last week and, if that was a penalty, then this was a stonewall penalty,

“Everyone in the ground could see it was handball and it’s very disappointing. We are just not getting the rub of the green at the moment.

“They were dangerous on the break and the second was a sloppy goal to concede from our point of view. It left us with a mountain to climb, but we gave it a go.”