Winger Lindon Meikle insists it is only a matter of time before the team start to re-produce the kind of form that led to us achieving a play-off place last season.
The 24-year-old spoke with an unbridled desire to succeed as he frankly admitted that our start to the new campaign had been far from good enough.
However, Meikle thoroughly expects that it won’t be long until we deliver a ferocious message of intent to our Blue Square Bet Premier rivals by producing an emphatic result.
“There’s no way we have played anywhere near our best,” admitted the winger.
Lindon Meikle is speaking to Mansfield 103.2's Dave Rhodes
“We’re still waiting for that big turning point, like Newport [County] at home last season, where we just absolutely rip a team to pieces.
“It will come soon. And when it does, it will set in and we’ll just start winning games.
“We’ve got a good squad, some very talented players and we can only get better.”
Meikle has flourished in the top tier of non-league football since manager Paul Cox brought him to One Call Stadium from Eastwood Town almost 18 months ago.
His strong, determined and committed performances at club level have ensured that he has become a regular figure at international level for Paul Fairclough’s England C team.
The winger played for the full 90 minutes as Fairclough’s ‘Three Lions’ earned a courageous 2-1 victory over Belgium at the Gemeentalijik Sportstadion in Zaventem last week.
“I appreciate being in the England C team,” said Meikle.
“There’s plenty of young players in this league who are as good as me, perhaps even better, but the fact I’m getting picked proves that I’m doing well for Mansfield Town.
“International football is slightly different. You have to stay more focussed for the full 90 minutes and it’s a different environment, but it’s brilliant to be in the team.”
Meanwhile, midfielder Lee Stevenson also hopes to retain his place in manager Paul Cox’s first team in the coming weeks.
The attacking-midfielder netted a goal against Braintree Town in his first start of the season last weekend, as we recorded our fourth home victory of the campaign.
Stevenson said: “I’ve had to be patient and wait for my chance, but I was glad to be in the team and get on the score sheet last Saturday.”Meikle: the best is still to c
“It’s obviously up to the gaffer what he does now, but I’d love to be able to stay in the team and show the fans what I can do on a regular basis.”