New faces can lead to Mansfield Town surge says boss Paul Cox

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Boss Paul Cox believes Mansfield Town can still have a major influence in League Two if they bring in new faces during the transfer window.

Stags have slumped to 18th in the League Two table after failing to win in the league since the 1-0 win at Chesterfield on 28th September.

But, despite the dire run in form, Cox says Stags can still recapture their early season form which propelled them into the automatic promotion places.

“We have got a half decent squad here that can do something in this division and I believe, with a few fresh faces in January, we can still affect this league,” Cox said.

“We do not become bad players overnight and have got some good players at the club.

“There are clubs in this division who will be able to go out and spend big in the transfer window and that is just how it is.

“What we have to do is work with the players we have and wheel and deal in the transfer market to free up some money to bring in better players.

“November was a bad month for us for a number of reasons. We picked up injuries and played some games without 11 men, which can impact on the mentality of players and hit confidence.

“When you are stuck in a rut the ball can often not run for you and the luck is not there.”

Mansfield face AFC Wimbledon on Saturday on the back of a morale-boosting 1-1 draw against Oldham in the FA Cup last Saturday.

And Cox is calling on his players to take that form to South London.

“AFC will be a tough game and we need to take the momentum we got from the Oldham game into Saturday,” said Cox.

“I thought we were unlucky not to get a positive result, and by that I mean a win.

“We went back to basics on Saturday and kept a good shape and created chances.

“We are at our best when we have a shape and are organised and the players all have a role and a responsibility.

“I thought we looked much more like we did at the start of the season. We need to look at the long term outlook, we want stability and foundations to take the club forward, we do not want to become a yo-yo club.

“We have been on a tough learning curve this season but once we start to pick up some points we will climb the table again

“It is important that we focus on the league on not the FA Cup. AFC Wimbledon is our next game so that is the most important. When we have finished the game on Saturday we can then focus on Oldham.”

Chris Clements could return from injury after featuring in a midweek friendly against Sheffield United.