Stags chase striker ahead of York return

STAGS head to York City for their return game on New Year’s Day with a new striker top of the transfer window shopping list.

Failing to take their chances is costing Stags heavily – they have now won only once in 11 games – and only 15-goal Matt Green has been able to find the net regularly.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out we need forwards that can score goals,” said manager Paul Cox.

“That’s not being detrimental to Matt Green and Ross Dyer, but sometimes we rely on them too much.

“I can’t say 100 per cent we will be able to get one in for the York game. We are speaking to people and taking it day by day. If we can’t get one in for York then we will try to sort it before the Forest Green match. We won’t just sign anyone – they have to be the right players.”

Stags and York do battle again just six days after the 1-1 Boxing Day draw and Cox added: “I think York paid us a compliment when they changed their system around to play us on Monday.

“But I think they will use a more orthadox system against us at home. We know what we have to do. We need to start putting more wins on the board.”

Defender Ritchie Sutton returns from a one game ban but faces a battle for his shirt as Martin Riley played well in his absence against the Minstermen.

Injured trio Matt Green, Joe Kendrick and Rhys Day plus Luke O’Neill (virus) are all expected to be fit for selection but injured defender John Thompson (shoulder/neck) is still sidelined.