Swansea City loanee Dan Alfei received praise from Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray this week, despite the defender’s lack of game time.
Alfei has been substitute for his first three games, coming on twice, and in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Plymouth played the whole of the second half.
But Murray said it had been hard to give more action to Alfei or fellow loanee, Sean Kavanagah, from Fulham, due to how well the side had been playing.
“I’ve been really pleased with Dan. I think the games in which he’s come on he’s done really well,” said Murray.
“He has done what I expected really. We’ve played him more of a wing back when he’s come on.
“He came on Saturday at half-time and we’ve tweaked the system like we did at Oxford. He has shown he has got great quality with some of his balls into the box.
“He is at Swansea and you don’t play rugby at Swansea do you? You like the ball and he’s given us that little bit of quality.”
Murray continued: “There are certain people itching to get into the team, but the boys have been flying so it’s tough to change it.
“We’ve got Kav, who’s come in – another excellent footballer. But at the minute when the team is doing so well, it’s tough to take people out just because you are good footballers.”