Midfield role for Mansfield Town defender Lee Collins against Morecambe?

Lee Collins
Lee Collins

Mansfield Town defender Lee Collins could find himself in a new midfield role when Morecambe visit on Saturday.

Collins arrived as a central defender but has filled in superbly at both right back and left back in recent games.

As he can get forward well and helped set up a goal at Morecambe, boss Adam Murray is now looking at possibly utilising the former Northampton man’s experience in a more unfamiliar role further up the pitch, particularly with the back four places looking all but sewn up this weekend following the return from injury of left back Mal Benning and the loan signing of Swansea left back Daniel Alfei.

“We are looking at one or two bits and bobs,” said Murray.

“Obviously with Danny coming in it gives us a bit more of an attacking threat at right back. So it might mean that Lee takes up another slot.

“The two performances we put it over the week were superb. Obviously this is a home game so we will look at it a bit differently.

“With our home form we want to start putting points on the board as we believe if we get that right it will give us a good chance to succeed this season.”

Benning came through his first game since his serious knee injury in October with nothing worse than cramp and Murray added: “He was a little bit stiff on Sunday and a bit fatigued on Monday, but there have been no major setbacks.

“He felt good, he felt strong and surpassed what we expected him to get through.

“For him to get through what he did what a massive credit to him and we hope we will now recover well for Saturday.”