Stags’ forgotten man Stevenson stakes his play-offs claim

LEE Stevenson is hoping his performance in Friday’s 2-0 win against Wrexham has pushed his claim to be a full part of Mansfield Town’s adventure.

The midfielder’s signing was hailed as an exciting one last summer after his three years of fantastic goalscoring exploits a division below at Eastwood.

However, his chances have been limited this season, so he was relieved to get a start last weekend.

Stevenson said: “I enjoyed the game. I have bided my time and hopefully did myself justice and can keep my place in the starting XI. Really I needed that performance five months ago.

“I’d die for a goal at the minute. I did score on Friday but they gave me offside so I was very unlucky.

“Hopefully I can stay in the squad on Saturday and nick a goal to make the gaffer sit up and notice. I want to finally show people what I can do.

“It’s been a frustrating season and I do feel a bit hard done to. It does make it a bit harder to swallow as I know the gaffer so well. But I can’t complain. I was in the team in September that lost at Droylsden and since then they have done magnificently.

“I know I have just got to work hard in training, not just for the team but for myself. If the chance comes I have go to be ready physically and mentally to take my chance.”

He added: “The games ahead are absolutely enormous.

“Last Friday’s attendance was almost touching 4,000. Not many in League Two could get that. This club deserves to be in League Two and I hope we can do the fans and the people of Mansfield proud.”