Hayes could be tough nut to crack, says Stags boss

HAYES and Yeading could prove a tough nut to crack when the strugglers come to Field Mill tomorrow (3pm), warned boss Paul Cox.

United arrive at the Mill with just win in 15 under their belts. But Cox watched their 2-1 home defeat by Ebbsfleet in midweek and said: “It was a strange game. Ebbsfleet really bossed it first half. But Hayes were excellent in the second half and how they didn’t finish the game with three or four goals I don’t know.

“Both sides were very similar with a lot of pace and power and very attack-minded.

“I will probably get stick for saying this, but I do not believe there is a ‘bad side’ in this league. Look at Bath. How are they down there? They have good players.

“Win you games in hand and show some consistency and we will see sides getting out of trouble or getting in the play-off places. I have not seen a league like this for a long time.

“It is now all about results, not performances. We need wins, not draws and we have got to be brave. This is a massive week for us.!”

He added: “There is a different feel about us at home at the minute. Supporters are getting behind us and seeing one or two players coming out of their shell so hats off to the fans. It is changing mindsets and the lads are now starting to look forward to playing at home.”

Skipper Adam Murray said: “It’s a strange time when you prepare all week but then have no game at the weekend.

“But we have worked hard. It has given us a bit of a break physically and mentally and hopefully we will see the rewards on Saturday.

“It is getting to the stage of the season where performances go out the window. It’s all about points and if we can win the rest of them with scrappy 1-0s we would take that at the minute.

“Hayes will come to frustrate us and try to get one on the break. Fans will want to three, four or five, but we have got to be patient and win ugly if we need to. We must get the three points no matter how we do it.”