RUSSELL, BRISCOE AND LIVERMORE REACTION
audio interviews with Russell and Livermore
Stags boss issues hands off warning over striker Briscoe
DUNCAN Russell hailed Louis Briscoe's sensational hat-trick that rescued Mansfield Town from the embarrassment of defeat at bottom side Histon – then issued a firm hands-off warning to any potential suitors.
The Stags looked as if they might be victims of a shock result at the Glassworld Stadium when they trailed 2-0 at the break, even though the hosts had been reduced to ten men last night.
But Briscoe – who had missed the penalty awarded for the handball on the line that saw Erkan Okay dismissed – had other ideas with a second-half treble that saw Mansfield turn things around to win 3-2.
It took his goal count for the season to 15, one behind top scorer Paul Connor, and had boss Russell breathing a sigh of relief.
"We saw with Crawley after they played at Manchester United that they lost their next game and this could have been similar," said Russell.
"It was a definite 'after the Lord Mayor's show' game and I was feeling a bad vibe from the players even before in the hotel.
"But Louis took his goals brilliantly and he's getting the rewards now for the way he is looking after himself on and off the pitch.
"He had to have stitches (three) and I could have had brought him off but credit to him, he wanted to stay on and I'm glad I kept him on.
"I know teams will be looking at him and a couple of teams in our league are apparently looking at him, but I can tell you he is going nowhere."
Russell's faith has helped Briscoe hit a hot streak of form
LOUIS Briscoe puts his hot streak in front of goal down to manager Duncan Russell's faith in him – and an increase in confidence.
The winger's second half hat-trick saw Mansfield overturn a 2-0 half-time deficit to win 3-2 at Histon.
Briscoe has now netted 15 times in all this season, including 12 since the turn of the year. It is the former Port Vale man's first treble in full-time football, his only other in the senior ranks coming as a part-timer with Gresley Rovers.
"It's great to get that first hat-trick for Mansfield and get on the scoresheet again, as well as get the three points," said Briscoe.
"Muzza (Adam Murray) gave me a good couple of passes and Tyrone (Thompson) put me through the middle for the first one. It's nice to mix it up.
"I think one of the reasons for the turnaround is that I am getting more minutes on the pitch. I was getting dragged off after 50 or 55 minutes last season, but the gaffer always believes I have a goal in me.
"I think I am going to score in every game now, even in this game when I missed the penalty I still thought I was going to get one. That comes with the confidence of a good run in front of goal."
But Briscoe knows Mansfield will have to raise their game and perform for 90 minutes if they are to get anything out of their next two games at home to Kidderminster and at champions-elect Crawley
Livermore: Stutes have got to learn
by Michael Vaughton, cambridge-news.co.uk
David Livermore has told his Histon players to learn from the hurt of their 3-2 home defeat to Mansfield in the Blue Square Bet Premier last night.
The Stutes' manager saw his team go down to 10 men when Erkan Okay was sent off in the 13th minute for handball on the line, but Louis Briscoe's penalty was saved by Joe Welch.
Omer Riza then scored from the spot and Jim Stevenson made it 2-0 before half time, but they could not hold on and let a two-goal lead slip for the second game running, with Briscoe hitting a hat-trick.
"I don't think we can play any better than we did with 10 men," said Livermore. "We were fantastic. We didn't want half time to come, and it gave their manager the chance to shuffle the pack.
"I'm disappointed with the goals. Their first has come from a long punt over the top and us not dealing with runners. Their lad has taken the second and third well, but they were avoidable too. I've told the lads that it has to hurt, losing like that after putting in that level of commitment.
"They've got to remember how much it hurts and not let it happen again."
Okay became the 10th Histon player to receive his marching orders this season.
"We're not a dirty side and I can't believe we've had 10 red cards," said Livermore.
"It's amazing and I really don't know what to say about that."
Okay will miss Saturday's trip to York, as will Lanre Oyebanjo after the defender was called up to the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad