Russell may tweak Stags side for York trip

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WITH one eye on Saturday’s crucial FA Trophy semi-final second leg with Luton Town, Mansfield Town manager Duncan Russell knows he may have to tweak his side for tomorrow’s tough BSBP trip to York City tomorrow (7.45pm).

“If I need to make changes tomorrow then I will make them,” he said.

“I like to keep a winning side but I have to be realistic with all the games we have.

“For instance I thought Louis Briscoe looked a bit tired on Sunday. If players come in at York and play well then it gives me even more headaches for Saturday which can’t be a bad thing. I can replace like for like and they would do us a job.”

He added: “York are a very dangerous side and they are on their home turf and in with a chance of the play-offs. But I always fancy us away from home. We have only played badly away once which was at the performance at Grimsby.

“The league is still important to me, even though I know everyone is getting carried away with thoughts of Wembley.

“We are only halfway there with that and I have told my players to put it to the back of their minds. We have been on a good run lately and it is important to keep that momentum going.”

Former York star winger Adam Smith, who scored in Stags’ 5-0 win over City earlier in the season, could come in for Briscoe while skipper Adam Murray will be hoping for a midfield berth.

Stags are now eight games unbeaten while York have only lost once in eight and last lost at home on 5th October.