Stags boss slams Hayes ‘cheat’ over red card

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BOSS Duncan Russell is backing striker Paul Connor following his straight red card in the 4-0 hammering against Hayes and Yeading, reports Stephen Thirkill.

Connor, the Field Mill side’s joint top scorer with Louis Briscoe on 16 goals, was dismissed after just 30 minutes when he was adjudged to have elbowed Adam Bygrave as the duo rose for a header.

But Russell said his player was innocent of any wrongdoing and accused Bygrave of making the most of the incident.

“From the bench it did not look like an elbow,”he said. “I asked Connor if he used his elbow and he said he didn’t.

“I will watch the match DVD, but he is an honest player and I believe what he told me.

“He said there was contact, but it was Bygrave who made the contact with him and not the other way around.

“Bygrave went down not long before the incident and when he got up he looked at the bench and smiled, which I did not like.

“He was a bit of a cheat, I would not expect or accept that from my players and I did not like what I saw.”

The red card capped another bad day on the pitch for Connor, who has now failed to find the back of the net in his last 10 outings.