MURRAY: WE WON'T GET CARRIED AWAY WITH PRE-SEASON
video interview with Adam Murray, 24th July 2014
We won't get carried away with pre-season, insists Murray
mansfieldtown.net, 25th July 2014
Mansfield Town have defeated two teams in higher leagues so far this pre-season, but assistant manager/captain Adam Murray is refusing to get carried away.
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Wins against Notts County (3-1) and Leeds United (2-0) so far at One Call Stadium have earned our squad plaudits ahead of the new campaign. But when speaking to mansfieldtown.net yesterday, fans' favourite Murray insisted that it would count for nothing if the squad were unable to replicate such performances in Sky Bet League Two, which starts on Saturday 09 August with an away trip to Northampton Town.
"The performances have been half-decent and we've had a couple of decent results," said Murray, when asked about recent friendly performances.
"But it's pre-season and we won't get carried away with it. We know that when the bullets fire on the 9th of August and the boots of flying and all guns are blazing, it will be a totally different ball game.
"Being inside the camp as a player first of all, I think the group has knit really quickly. There hasn't been too much 'building' as most of the lads were here last season with us.
"The new lads who have come in have been a pleasure to work with, as both footballers and people. [They are] real honest people who want to listen and learn on the training ground. We've tried to put together a squad based on team spirit, hard work, who will work for each other.
"We are a small fish in a big pond this year and with the teams who have come down from League One, and those promoted from the Conference, we know that we'll have to be together as one from the off. We can't wait for the challenge."
Murray said the squad was now almost complete following yesterday's signing of Swiss goalkeeper Sascha Studer.
It is expected that the 22-year-old will be the only first team goalkeeper on the books this season, whilst it is believed that youth goalkeeper Adam Bishop will act as back-up.
"We're nearly up to our quota. There may possibly be another player coming through the doors to finish it off.
"The squad we have put together is a young one. We had five players under the age of 20 on the pitch towards the end against Aston Villa [in a recent friendly], so the potential we have is fantastic. The fans can see that and they'll need to give these players time to gel and develop, because it does take time."
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Stags won’t rush defensive pair back for Grimsby
chad.co.uk, 25 July 2014
Mansfield Town may still be without defenders Luke Jones and Ryan Tafazolli when they head to Grimsby Town for the latest pre-season friendly tonight (7pm).
Both are back in light training and were expected back into the squad.
But, with another game ahead at Lincoln on Tuesday, it is now expected they will be given a few more days to regain their fitness.
By Tuesday, Mansfield hope to only have Sam Clucas in the treatment room.
After playing the likes of Aston Villa, Leeds United and Notts County, Stags deliberately set up these trips to Grimsby and Lincoln to give them a taste of the more physical matches they can expect at League Two level in the season ahead.
Assistant boss Adam Murray said: “We knew when we set the games up that we would have some nice games against big names that would test our fitness, our shape and concentration.
“But these games are a bit more realistic challenges like the competitive games we are going to come up against.
“They are good games for us and we are looking forward to them.”
After bringing in Simon Heslop and Sascha Studer (pictured) this week, Stags may add one more outfield player with the unnamed left-sided trialist a likely candidate.
New keeper could be key signing - Murray
Adam Murray feels new Swiss goalkeeper Sascha Studer could be a key signing for Mansfield Town this season.
Assistant manager Murray said 22-year-old Studer had impressed on and off the field during his trial period and said: “I think he is going to be a very clever signing.
“We have had him in for a couple of weeks and seen him on a day-to-day basis. So we know his character and attitude.
“We looked at him technically, how he was with the lads and we have also seen him in game situations. So we are chuffed to bits to have him on board.
“He is technically excellent. Once the fans get to see him a bit closer they will get to see how he handles the ball is different class.
“He is also a character who is not scared to bark at his back three or back four which was a big thing for us. He can orchestrate his defence.
“He is still a young lad which was also a massive part for us as we can work with him and mould him into what we want. And the biggest thing is that he is ours.”
But Murray confirmed Studer would be the only senior keeper on the books for now.
“With the squad we’ve had to put together and the budget we’ve worked with we can only fit one goalkeeper in at the moment,” he said.
“But we do have a young lad called Adam Bishop, who has come through our youth set-up. He was U16s last year and we have now taken him on as a first year apprentice scholarship.
“He has only just left school but, with having no other keeper here, he has stepped up and is training with us. The lad has definitely got potential and will be with us for the foreseeable future.”
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