Mansfield vs Cambridge Utd: Cox hints at changes
Mansfield boss Paul Cox has hinted at changes ahead of their meeting with Cambridge.
The Stags suffered a 2-0 defeat to Newport in midweek to end an impressive run of four straight wins.
"We kept the same side, didn't prepare any differently but it was just flat and we never threaded three or four passes together," Cox told the Nottingham Post.
"The standards we have set of late, we fell well below. We were way off the pace and I will have a look at the DVD and it might be a time to freshen it up to make sure we are back on track on Saturday."
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Cox has a near fully-fit squad to choose from with injured duo Ross Dyer and Jake Speight (both knee) remaining the only absentees.
Striker Matt Rhead stepped off the bench on Tuesday and could be in contention for a starting role while Nick Wright and Lindon Meikle are also pushing for inclusion.
Cambridge boss Richard Money is expected to make changes ahead of the trip.
United were thumped 3-0 at home to Alfreton in midweek, forcing Money to consider his options.
On-loan York striker Jamie Reed is likely to continue in attack while new defender Joe Anderson should also retain his place.
Tom Shaw, Blaine Hudson and James Brighton were all introduced after the break on Tuesday and could be handed a starting role next time out.
But forwards Sam Smith and Tom Elliott are both sidelined. Smith is not expected to feature again this season after picking up a hand injury in training, while Elliott is still struggling with a hamstring problem.
The loss meant the U's recorded back-to-back defeats for the first time since November and will be targeting a return to winning ways.