Stags robbed of win - Russell

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STAGS boss Duncan Russell is convinced the second of his side’s two disallowed goals at Darlington last night should have stood.

Stags came away with a fully deserved 0-0 draw from the Northern Echo Arena with offside flags cutting short celebrations for both Steve Foster and Paul Connor after putting the ball in the net.

However, Russell said: “The first one was probably offside.

“But I spoke to one of their defenders who was alongside Paul Connor for the second one and he said he was level and onside. Paul obviously thought the same.

“The linesman had a great view of it as well. I think I want a female linesman!”

He added: “I would like to thank the faithful fans that turned up here tonight and I hope we gave them some entertainment.

“Overall we were the better side. Travelling up here you would take a point before the game. But now I am frustrated we didn’t take all three.

“I was very happy with my defence and a second clean sheet. Kevin Sandwith has been a revelation at centre half and Steve Foster was outstanding.

“I believe Darlington have the second best defensive record in the league and I can see why. They sit very deep and that allowed us to get our full backs forward and wingers overlapping them. I thought we would be in for a much tougher time and in the end I am just upset we didn’t win it.”

Skipper Adam Murray was forced out of the game as early as the second minute with an eye injury and Russell said: “Adam got a poke in the eye which had a lot of blood under it.

“It had started to close and he couldn’t see so we have got to look after the boy and we brought him off.”

Kyle Nix also picked up another knock as substitute for Murray and had to come off himself.

“I will have to teach Kyle how to tackle,” said Russell. “He needs to look at that side of his game.”

However, it does seem striker Rob Duffy will be leaving the club.

After failing to agree personal terms at Grimsby Town, he has now been given permission to speak to Neath and Russell said: “I think it is in the best interest of Rob Duffy and Mansfield Town Football Club to go our separate ways. If he does get something else I will wish him all the best for the future and thank him for his services.”

Stags have a 21-year-old former Glenn Hoddle Academy right back coming in on trial who has been playing in the Spanish League.