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Wastefulness was our downfall, says Stags boss Russell
DUNCAN Russell felt Mansfield Town's wastefulness in front of goal brought about their downfall in last night's 2-0 defeat to Grimsby Town.
The Stags started brightly in the first period, but were unable to make the most of their possession at Field Mill.
Their hopes took a hit when the Mariners went in front in the lead up to half-time as Michael Coulson headed home.
And as Mansfield huffed and puffed after the restart, Charles I'Anson finished the Stags off with a second.
"We totally dominated the game really, especially first half and we had the chances to score, but didn't take them," said manager Russell.
"Then we didn't get tight enough to stop a ball coming into the box. I thought there was a push on Stoney (Paul Stonehouse) and I need to have a look at the goalkeeper (David Grof) because I think the header was from inside the six-yard box.
"We have seen it all too often. We are in charge and in the driving seat and looking like we will score a goal, but then we make a sloppy mistake.
"We played some of the best football since I have been here in the first half, but part of playing well is taking chances."
Russell is adamant that fatigue is playing its part in Mansfield's up and down form in the final run-in after what was their seventh game of April so far.
He said: "I'm not making excuses, but there are some tired legs out there."
Stags manager calls for more ruthlessness after Grimsby Town defeat
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.”
Paul Hurst and Rob Scott delighted with their first Town victory
ROB Scott wants Grimsby Town's players to savour the winning feeling after a 2-0 triumph at Mansfield Town last night.
A dream debut goal for 17-year-old defender Charlie I'Anson added to a Michael Coulson header to give the Mariners their first win under Scott and joint manager Paul Hurst, at the seventh attempt.
Scott heaped praise on I'Anson, and said he felt Town were deserving winners at Field Mill.
He said: "We were comfortable and, at the end, it wasn't nervy. I always thought we would see the game out.
"It is a very pleasing win, we have wanted to go into that dressing room ever since we have been here and say well done to them – and we have been able to do that now. We are delighted.
"We want to breed that winning feeling and we have told the players there is no better feeling than winning a match, so they should savour it and want it more.
"We are just as pleased with the clean sheet as well, and the young defence we played dealt with most things.
"We could have gone on and got three or four, with Alan Connell hitting the post and taking up lots of good positions and linking well with Lee Peacock.
"It was a good performance. It is most pleasing because there has been a lot of negativity around the place and hopefully this will lift some of that."
I' Anson was given his first Mariners start in place of Rob Atkinson, who dropped to the bench, and headed in a Connell corner to seal the three points.
Scott said: "We watched him play at Rotherham for the youth team and he won everything, was loud and very impressive.
"And the biggest compliment I could give him is that he played exactly the same against Mansfield, in the Blue Square Premier.
"He didn't know he would be playing until just before kick-off, but he performed very well, as did Scott Garner alongside him.
"We are delighted with the win and we want more of them before the end of the season if we can, that would be nice to get some positivity."
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