RUSSELL, MURRAY, MOULT AND TIM HARRIS REACTION
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Russell calls for his Stags players to have greater belief
DUNCAN Russell today told his Mansfield Town players they must have greater belief in themselves.
The Stags fought back from 3-0 down to claim a 3-3 draw in an exciting, televised game against Newport County last night.
Manager Russell wants to see more of the fighting spirit that saw his side refuse to throw in the towel when the odds were stacked against them.
"We keep telling the players that they are a good side, that we believe in them," said Russell.
"I do and so does (assistant manager) Paul Hall, the chairman and everyone else, but they have to start believing in themselves.
"They showed against Newport what is possible if you do believe you can turn things around.
"That is the kind if character I want to see for them all the time."
Reflecting on his team's point at Field Mill, Newport boss Tim Harris said: "You can never be truly happy after being 3-0 up, but I have to be happy with the character the boys showed in digging in when they went down to ten men.
"It was a positive step for us and if we keep putting in performances like that then it won't be long before we start winning games again.
"We knew we had to get the players and get them calmed down at half-time after the events leading up to that and the goal right on the stroke of the break (to make it 3-3).
"To get something out of the game in the second half I have to be pleased."
Mansfield boss to speak to Stoke about Moult loan extension
MANSFIELD Town boss Duncan Russell will today speak to Stoke City about extending the loan of teenage striker Louis Moult.
The promising 18-year-old struck his first two goals for the Stags in his third game to help his team fight back from 3-0 down to earn a 3-3 draw with ten-man Newport County on Saturday night.
Moult joined for one month on deadline day, meaning he is eligible to play in Mansfield's home and away games against Barrow and the FA Trophy tie at Chasetown.
But after seeing the way Moult has quickly adapted to life at Blue Square Bet Premier level, Russell is eager to secure the exciting goal-getter for longer.
"Louis is a quality player and I would love to keep him," he said.
"I think if we'd had him a few weeks back, he would already have scored a lot of goals at this level.
"I would have loved him to get a hat-trick against Newport and walk away with the match ball – that would have been nice for the lad. I thought he was going to do it.
"I thought his first goal was a fantastic strike and he showed good movement to get in the right position for the second one.
"I will be having a chat with Louis and Stoke today about extending his stay."
Mansfield's performance against County left Russell with mixed emotions.
He said: "I have to be happy with the overall performance, even if I would have liked to see us create more chances in the second half.
"However, the way we are defending is killing me. You look at these kinds of games if you don't make the play-offs and say these are the ones we should have won.
"We have to learn from it, we have to sharpen up and we have been saying that all season."
Mixed emotions for Stags boss after 3-3 rollercoaster in front of TV cameras
STAGS manager Duncan Russell didn't know whether to laugh or cry after seeing his side go 3-0 down in an extraordinary first half before roaring back to take a point off 10-men Newport County in a sensational 3-3 live TV draw at Field Mill on Saturday night, reports John Lomas.
“It feels like two points lost tonight, but I have to be happy with a point after being 3-0 down,” said Russell.
“Sometimes teams with 10 men are very, very difficult to break down. We had a go at them but sometimes our delivery was not quite what I wanted.
“At 3-0 down it was really important that we got something out of this game and a few weeks back I don't think we clawed out way back like that.
“Chasing the game at the end we could have got beaten on the counter-attack right at the end. Then Keigan Parker had a great chance to win it in stoppage time but didn't have time to get the ball down.
“But I have got to be happy with our performance. We showed a lot of character to get back into the game.
“I am not happy we are still giving silly goals away, even though we work hard on it. But we won't give up on the play-offs.
“We can still chase a spot as we are not mathematically out of it.”
Newport manager Tim Harris said: “That second half was true grit.
“The boys have got to take a lot of credit for the way they stood up to Mansfield. I don't think Glyn Garner had a lot to do in that second half.
“You earn your own luck in this game. I told the players at half-time that we had to get at them. We couldn't just sit back.
“We had to sacrifice Robbie Matthews, who was playing well, and I had to calm it down and get ourselves
“In the last three games we should have ended up with more points on the board that we have got.
“To go 2-0 up in the first three minutes was just unbelievable. I hadn't even got to my seat when we were went 1-0 up.
“All in all I have to be positive and move on. I have to be pleased to get something out of the game tonight though you have to be disappointed not to have won it after being three up.”
Goal hero refuses to be downbeat after failing to beat ten-man Newport
TWO-GOAL Louis Moult refused to be too downbeat about Mansfield Town's failure to beat Newport County – despite playing the whole of the second half with an extra man.
The visitors were reduced to ten men in the lead up to half-time when Chris Todd was sent off for bringing down the Stoke loanee when in the clear.
That advantage helped Mansfield square the match by the interval with the help of Moult's first two strikes fro his new club.
But neither he nor any of his team-mates could find a way through in the second half as the spoils were shared.
Moult was left to rue Mansfied's slow start, that saw them 2-0 down inside three minutes and three down before the half hour.
"Yes, it was disappointing we couldn't press on and win the game after finishing the first half so strongly, but we have to take the positives," said Moult.
"We have played Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday and I think that might have affected us, especially with some of the pitches being heavy.
"Considering what happened in the early stages of the game, we did well in the end.
"It's just a pity we can't start better. The three games I have played, we have started badly and I don't know why that is because we have prepared properly.
"It is something we need to overcome sooner rather than later, but at least we got something out of the game."
Moult is hoping for more goals after opening his Mansfield account with a superb curling strike and then a near-post header.
He said: "I was delighted to get off the mark with a goal like that. I just turned and saw the chance to shoot and it wasn't a bad strike – I was happy with that!
"Hopefully I can now get on the scoresheet again tomorrow (at home to Barrow)
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