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Bustling winger starting to find top gear

9 November 2017

Stags' winger Alex MacDonald believes he is beginning to near his 'top stride' after a run of six consecutive starts in Sky Bet League Two.

The 26-year-old joined the Stags in the 2017 January transfer window and has become a fans' favourite with his whole-hearted performances on the flanks.

And after missing the beginning of the 2017/18 season with a knee injury, the former Oxford United man believes he is now beginning to display some of his best performances in a Stags' shirt.

"It took a while to get my fitness back but I feel like I'm there now," the Warrington-born winger said.

"I think I've played 90 minutes in the last few games so I'm starting to feel sharp and I'm just missing a few little bits and pieces of my game. I'm getting there near my top stride now.

"It's been a bit stop-start. I was finding my feet a little bit at the back end of last year and if anything I didn't want the season to end when it did.

"It did come to an end and I came back for pre-season and I felt sharp, I felt fit, I came back in and then unfortunately I took a knock on my knee which needed a minor operation.

"It took a while to get my fitness back but I feel like I'm there now."

Alex MacDonald, winger

"That was another couple of weeks out and then you have to try and get your fitness back but all that's behind me now. We've still got a lot to play for this year and I'm certainly excited for the rest of the season."

MacDonald insists that, collectively, Stags' performances have improved over the last few weeks and he believes the only thing missing is attaining three points on a regular basis.

"Certainly over the last couple of weeks, our performances have really improved and we've been really happy with our performances.

"There's just one thing that's been missing and that's coming away with three points.

"There's one thing that you can never get sick of and that's winning. You look at recent results; advancing in the Checkatrade and advancing in the FA Cup, you breed that winning mentality and that's something that we really want to get going here.

"There's nothing wrong with winning football matches, no matter where it is."

Stags play just one midweek match in November after a busy October and bustling winger MacDonald is looking forward to the schedule allowing Stags the opportunity to spend more time on the training ground.

"It's an important part of the season. We've had a lot of Tuesday games. It gives us time to get on the training ground and really work together and set-up plans for different teams and Saturday is no different.

"We're looking forward to getting out on the training ground [today] and really looking at Coventry and where we can hurt them."

Supporters will be able to view Alex MacDonald's news conference on iFollow Stags later today.

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