FURIOUS Stags boss Duncan Russell is demanding his players improve dramatically after watching his side crumble to a humiliating 4-0 defeat against lowly Hayes and Yeading on Saturday, reports Stephen Thirkill.
A shambolic first half defensive display, particularly down the right flank, saw Stags fall 3-0 behind after just 25 minutes as rampant Hayes ripped through the fragile Mansfield rearguard.
Shell-shocked Stags, who were reduced to 10 men after Connor was dismissed for elbowing Adam Bygrave on the half hour mark, simply had no answer to the pace and power of the Hayes onslaught.
The embarrassing farce was then wrapped up in rather fitting fashion with eight minutes to go when Tyrone Thompson, who had all the time and space in the world, sliced his attempted clearance past Grof to the disbelief of everyone in the ground.
Speaking the game an angry Duncan Russell said he would not be afraid to ring the changes.
“I told the players I am not going to accept that type of performance ever again,” he said.
“Our defending was shocking, they had far too much time and space on their first three goals and I am not going to accept that.
“I told the players at half-time that they needed to go out there and win some pride and respect back from the fans.
“We played better in the second half and did better with 10 men than we would have done earlier in the season, when we would have gone down by five or six.”
And with the games coming thick and fast as Stags catch up on their backlog of fixtures, boss Duncan Russell says he will not be afraid to ring the changes.
“I am very annoyed with that first half performance,” he said. “I will not accept that level of performance at all.
“I thought there were some tired legs out there today. I will ring the changes if necessary.”