Mansfield Town slipped to their first away defeat of the season this weekend, going down 3-2 in a thriller at Carlisle.
They played a majority of the game with ten men following Neil Bishop’s first half dismissal, but despite the defeat they’re still well placed to launch an assaults on the play-off spots.
Third place Bury meet second place MK Dons this weekend, giving them an opportunity to make up ground on one of them, or maybe even both.
They’re also likely to be fending off interest in their players, with CJ Hamilton the subject of speculation which CEO Carolyn Radford moved to quell this week. Coupled with the possibility of a Nottingham Forest recall for Tyler Walker, these are going to be challenging times for Mansfield fans.
They’ll be hoping the defeat was merely a blip no their otherwise excellent record and that the transfer window brings players to the club who can make a difference.
We look at three who they could realistically target.