‘Outstanding’ Stags praised by manager

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MANSFIELD Town warmed up for Tuesday’s home FA Trophy quarter-final replay with Chasetown with a confidence-boosting 2-0 win at Tamworth on Saturday, reports John Lomas.

Goals from Ashley Cain and Louis Briscoe inside four second half minutes did the trick and boss Duncan Russell said: “I thought we were outstanding today. I told them before the game we needed to go out and start turning some of these draws into wins.

“But I never thought it was going to be a draw today as we always looked by far the better team.

“That’s no disrespect to Tamworth but today they caught us on a good day. We didn’t give them any time on the ball.

“Danny Spence did a fantastic job for us at left back. There was a lot of quality there. And the two wide boys chipped in with a goal each.”

He added: “Louis Briscoe is a handful for anyone on his day as are Ashley Cain and Adam Smith. We are blessed at this club with three good wingers, hence the competition for places.

“We decided to stick with 4-4-2 rather than change to match up their 4-5-1. I knew if we got going they would have to change to match us which is what happened.

“I thought it was a convincing victory and the lads deserve a lot of praise. Let’s hope it’s going to be a good week now.

“It is a massive game now on Tuesday but e must go into the game with a lot of belief. If we play anything like we did today I can’t see us having any problems.”

Ashley Cain, celebrating his first senior goal, said: “We always looked like we were going to score and we finally did.

“It was a good cross and I managed to get in front of my marker and tap it in for my first career goal so I was pleased with that.

“It was a massive performance today. We really needed this. We have drawn games recently that we could have won. But we have gone away today and got the win and now I hope we can go on a run.”

Louis Briscoe added: “The ball broke to me and I just ran on and stuck it in.

“It wasn’t the cleanest of finishes but I wanted to get it across the keeper so if it bounced back it would be a tap-in for one of our strikers.”

Briscoe is now preparing for the FA Trophy game and said: “We showed we had more than Chasetown on Tuesday. Luton will be there watching so we won’t want to disappoint them or Chastown.

“But I don’t care if it’s a scruffy 1-0 win just as long as we get through.”