Mansfield Town are hoping to ease their relegation fears as they head into a series of tough fixtures in League Two.
Speaking ahead of the game against Morecambe this weekend, The Stags’ assistant manager Joe Dunne looked ahead to a crunch time in Mansfield’s season and said: “We’re never satisfied.”
“We’re in February now. They are tough games and the importance of the games is a little bit higher,” he said.
“Taking points off the teams around you is important. We can keep taking points from each other and get a good run of games to move up the league.”
The Stags currently sit near the foot of League Two in 21st place and face similarly placed Morecambe and Leyton Orient in the coming weeks.
Mansfield will travel to the Globe Arena first where they face a Morecambe side fighting to preserve its status Football League status.
“We’re in this bunch of games where we play each other and need to be taking points.
“I expect a tough game against an experienced manager.”
Coming off the back of a disappointing draw against Carlisle United, the Stags will be hoping to get three crucial points which will push them away from the relegation dogfight.
Mansfield’s top scorer, Nicky Maynard, saw his two goals cancelled out as the Stags fell apart in the closing stages against Carlisle.
“We’re in February now. They are tough games and the importance of the games is a little bit higher.”
Joe Dunne, Mansfield Town Assistant Manager
Worse still, January player of the month Alex McDonald was forced off as he picked up an injury in the game.
“Yeah we feel that it’s probably not as bad as we first thought,” Dunne added.
“Unfortunately, I think Saturday will be too early for him. We will see how he feels next week.”
However, both Dunne and Stags’ manager Graham Coughlan have been impressed by the way Mansfield have progressed since they joined the club in December.
Whilst Mansfield’s league form has stuttered since the pair took the reigns at Field Mill, Dunne was confident that good results were just around the corner.
“The way the players have been executing the game plans has been really good. We’re really pleased with that.
“There have been some really good performances from some of the players and we must not forget that.”
With it all to play for as the Stags look to salvage their season, a result at Morecambe could set them on their way out of the danger zone. Even so, Dunne maintained that he and Coughlan believe their side should do better.
“We’re never satisfied. The gaffer is super demanding, and we feel there’s more in there. We are working with a team that we know has so much potential.”