Flying winger Cain back to boost Mansfield Town for Barrow clash

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FLYING winger Ashley Cain looks set for a recall after injury as Stags boss Duncan Russell rings the changes for tomorrow’s visit of Barrow after Saturday’s 4-0 humiliation at Hayes and Yeading.

“We have really missed Adam and it will be a massive boost for the rest of the team to see him back,” said Russell, who has said he will shuffle his squad as they face four home games in eight days, including three in five from tomorrow.

“Adam has been biting at the bit to get back and worked so hard. He has been a model pro and just wanted treatment all the time. He has a great attitude and with an attitude like that he has a great chance in this game. I wish a few others would take it on board.

Russell was furious with his Wembley-bound side’s first half display at Hayes when they went 3-0 behind and down to 10 men inside 30 horrific minutes.

He said: “The last time we played like that was at Grimsby. Hayes put three balls into the box, we didn’t defend them and they scored three goals.

“They were so simple to defend. You have to take responsibility if a player goes across you then you must block him and we didn’t do that. It is down to a lack of concentration.

“It’s the story of our season. The first half performance was not good enough.

“I have to take the brunt for things which I am willing to day as I want to be a football manager. So I do feel a bit let down.

“There is an opportunity to command and demand a shirt for the FA Trophy final. But I think some might have the old ‘Wembleyitis’ in their minds and I won’t stand for it.

“I hate players who hide and one or two are starting to do that. I won’t accept anything less then 10 per cent.

“On any given day this team can beat any team. What they can’t do is find any level of consistency. You have to be consistent in this league if you want promotion.

“The result tomorrow means as much as Wembley. If I see any players hiding I will expose them and will get rid of them.”

He added: “I would like to apologise to our loyal away supporters. The players have to appreciate what these fans do for us in difficult financial times and owe it to them to get a result tomorrow.

“We have four home games in eight days and we are capable of losing every one of them and also of winning every one of them.

“We are like a deck of cards and I am never sure what I am going to turn over. I can see what we are capable of as can the fans so it’s down to players to maintain their level of performance.

“It will be a tough game. Barrow had a great result at the weekend and are in a dogfight.”

The Cumbrians’ 5-0 thrashing of Kettering on Saturday has eased their relegation fears but another win tomorrow would help them breath easier.

It took two late goals from sub Adam Smith to rescue Stags a 2-2 draw at Barrow earlier this year.