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No panic yet, says Stags striker Green

STAGS striker Matt Green assured fans there was nothing to panic about after the club only picked up a single point from the first two BSBP games.

As he prepared for Saturday’s trip to Braintree, the Oxford loanee said: “I don’t think there is that much to be worried about to be honest.

“It is going to take time to knit together as a team. But we have got good players.

“Look at the rest of the league, there have been some crazy results and anyone can beat anyone.

“So I hope everyone is not looking into it too much yet. It’s only a matter of time before we start thumping teams and scoring lots of goals.

“We should have won the first two games comfortably.

“All these new players need time to gel together. That’s not an excuse. It’s just a matter of time and we will be fine.

“I have come to this club to be successful like the other new players. I believe we are good enough to be up there challenging.

“You can’t start panicking now – that’s the last thing players need What we need is togetherness.”

“We will go to Braintree with a game plan which is going to work and get us a result.”

The side came under fire from manager Paul Cox for having a ‘soft underbelly’ after Tuesday’s 3-0 loss at Gateshead and, Green said: “I understand what the manager means to an extent, but it will come from more games and more experience.

“With 15 new signings it won’t happen overnight. We will build slow and strong.

“The manager wants to be successful by hook or by crook and he is going to do that. We have to take that on board and be part of it or we could be outside looking in.”

Centre half Martin Riley added: “The pressure is always on at a big club like Mansfield, which is a Football League club.

“I thought we played all right at Gateshead then got hit with two sucker punches.

“It was poor defending and I have to look at myself as centre half, being part of a defence that conceded three soft goals.

“I think we have got to look at that game as a blip and we will be looking to put it right on Saturday.

“We have a lot of new signings here who are getting to know each other – and the sooner, the better.”

Riley knows boss Paul Cox is in the market for a new centre half this week and added: “I want to be in the team. If the gaffer decides I am not then I am not doing something he wants me to do which I have got to look at. That’s the bottom line.”