Mansfield Town have a 'chance' for the title
MANSFIELD Town have put themselves right in with a shout of the Blue Square Bet Premier title.
But manager Paul Cox has warned that chance will be obliterated if they switch off for one second in the promotion run-in.
Only the champions go into the Football League automatically but the Stags moved up to third and just three points off leaders Wrexham with a game in hand following Saturday's 1-0 win over Telford.
That was a ninth league win from ten games and the Stags still have Wrexham to play twice.
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And Cox said: "We have given ourselves a chance of the title and that is all it is.
"But that will go out of the window if we are not mentally right.
"The lads are doing a great job, I cannot fault their desire and attitude but it is not about what we have done in the last seven or eight games. It is about what we do in the next eight or nine games and then see where we are."
A scan has given good news on midfielder Anthony Howell (knee), who could now return within a fortnight, while defender John Dempster (ankle), who missed Saturday's match, should be back to face Woking on Wednesday.
Mansfield hit the woodwork four times in the first half and did not find a breakthrough until Matt Green's 49th-minute winner against bottom-side Telford.
Captain and assistant manager Adam Murray was a huge influence throughout against Telford, especially when it was not going his side's way.
Cox added: "When you need your captain to step forward and be inspirational, this was it and he did that. It was what we needed."