Stags manager calls for more ruthlessness after Grimsby Town defeat

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STAGS boss Duncan Russell says his side must be more ruthless in front of goal after he watched his side chuck away another potential three points at home to Grimsby last night.

Despite dominated the entire first half the Mansfield Town attack drew a blank for the second time in a row as they failed to turn good possession into goals.

And Grimsby, who hammered Mansfield 7-2 in the reverse fixture on New Years Day, showed Stags just how it should be done as they defended solidly and scored twice against the run of play.

Speaking after the game Russell said: “We dominated the first half and we had the chances to score. We did not take our chances and they did and scored. That is football for you.

“We did not get tight enough to the ball for their goal. We have seen that far too much this season and it is something we need to put right.”

Russell also voiced his disappointed at yet another stuttering second half from the Field Mill men, who failed to show any signs of turning around their half-time deficit.

“We were disappointing in the second half and their goal was another sloppy one to give away,”said Russell. “This is a game that we could and should have won and it is a shame because we wanted some revenge, but there was some tired legs out there.

“We have played a lot of games in a close period. I thought we missed Tom Naylor out there today and I am looking forward to getting him back in the team. We now have to move on to Friday (away to AFC Wimbledon)and look to put things right in that game.”