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10th December 2014 19:27

Murray looks to improve important aspects
mansfieldtown.net, 6th December 2014

New boss reflects on eventful first game in permanent charge, as Stags are denied cup victory.

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New manager Adam Murray is confident that our team will improve certain aspects of their game and be successful in the long-term, despite feeling frustrated at today’s 2-2 draw with Cambridge United.

Our side were 2-1 up at the R Costings Abbey Stadium and just moments away from booking their place in the FA Cup Third Round earlier this afternoon, when Kwesi Appiah had time and space to fire home an injury-time equaliser.

It means that although we are in the hat for Monday’s third round draw - a replay will be required against the U’s at One Call Stadium later this month, to decide which team progresses.

“I’m disappointed and the lads are gutted,” said Murray. “To concede a goal that late in the game is always going to hurt.

“The plus points are I knew what a big challenge we were going to be in for today. I look at the Cambridge side that Richard [Money, U’s manager] has put together and knowing him as I do, his teams are always going to be organised, efficient and a team that are going to effect things.

“They’ll be a team that are ‘up there’ pushing for the top three/play-offs for me this season.”

He continued: “So we knew what we were in for and at certain points in the game I thought we stood up to the challenge.

“Was it good enough for my standards and this football club? No, but there were a lot of plus points. We’re in a process and we’re moving forward and I’m confident that when we get to where we need to be, we’ll be a successful football team.”

When asked if he was frustrated that Appiah had time to take a touch before firing home Cambridge’s second equaliser, Murray replied: “You look at the defenders in the team in the dressing room afterwards and [the result] feels like a loss to them.

“They’re the little things that are the one per cents and two per cents that make differences. They win you games and they keep you in games and they stop you losing games.

“But I can’t expect these boys to go from one extreme to another in two weeks. Its things like that which we have been doing and we need to do them a million times more in training.

“It comes with habit, it comes with routine and it will happen. The process moving forward I’m pleased with.”


Murray delighted to see how much his Stags players care

Adam Murray was delighted to see how hurt his new charges were after conceding a 92nd minute equaliser in today’s 2-2 FA Cup second round draw at Cambridge United.


Most Stags fans would have happily taken the replay a week on Tuesday before this afternoon’s tie, but Murray, in his first game in charge as full-time manager, said the reaction of his players has showed him just how much they care.

An own goal had put Stags ahead in the tie for a second time with just 10 minutes to go, but Kwesi Appiah made sure United were in the third round hat alongside Mansfield on Monday night with a late, late equaliser.

Murray said: “The lads were sitting there afterwards like they had lost a game. They were all hurting and all gutted and I am happy to see that as it shows me they all care.

“They just need confidence and belief. We are moving forward. It is all about creating a positive environment now.

“We haven’t played 4-4-2 a lot this season and we were exposed at times. But it will come with time.

“I want to change everything, we are going from black to white. It’s not something these lads are used to. It’s not a slant on what’s gone before as I was a big part of all that. It’s just that a fresh approach is now needed.

“It needs a new philosophy and will take a lot of patience, time and work.”

Murray added: “I knew before the game it would be a tough challenge for us. Cambridge are a very good side and a team I believe will be play-offs or pushing top three at the end of the season.

“We had a game plan, but I don’t think we did enough on the day to win it.

“I asked for bravery and for the lads to control and dictate the game. If we were going to do that we needed to be better. But we turned over possession too much.

“At half-time I told them we needed players to step forward and be men if we were to get something out of it.

“So for Cambridge to score so late was gutting.

“We didn’t control the game enough. We need players to be brave on the ball.

“For that I need players to become confident on the ball instead of just slashing at things or getting rid of it as fast as they can. People have to take responsibility.

“In the first half we created enough chances to have scored another goal. That would have made it a very different game.

“In the second half they put us under a lot of pressure. We found dead ball and set piece situations difficult today. The size of the Cambridge players caused problems which is not usually an issue for us.”


Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray applauds his side's 'application and attitude' in FA Cup draw
By Sarah Clapson, Nottingham Post

BEFORE he left to face the media, manager Adam Murray instigated a round of applause in the Mansfield Town dressing room.

Read more: http://www.nottinghampost.com/Mansfield-Town-boss-Adam-Murray-applauds-s/story-25366044-detail/story.html#ixzz3LFypxJhM

It was, he said, praise for his team's 'application and attitude'.

But it also seemed to be a way of picking his players up following a last minute equaliser.

Kwesi Appiah's goal in the 92nd minute earned a 2-2 draw for Cambridge United in the second round FA Cup tie, leaving both teams in the hat for today's draw ahead of a replay next week.

It came as a sucker-punch, less than ten minutes after a Tom Champion own goal had put the Stags in front for a second time.

But Murray explained the fact his players were downcast at the end gave him a sense of satisfaction.

"They were all hurting and all gutted," he said. "And I'm over the moon with that because I know if I'm getting that reaction, it shows me they all care.

"To see them hurting like they've lost a game means a lot to me.

"The big thing, like it's been for the last two weeks, is building confidence and building belief that we are moving forward.

"It was more a round of applause for people's application and attitude, and the positive environment we're creating now."

The cup tie was Murray's first game since being named permanent replacement for Paul Cox, following a spell in caretaker charge.

And up against a side pushing towards the top end of League Two, he accepts it showed there is much room for improvement.

"Do I think we did enough to win the game? No, I don't, if I'm being honest," Murray said.

"I've asked for bravery and I've asked for people to control and dictate the game. If we're going to do that moving forward, we do need to be better.

"We weren't good enough with the football. We turned over possession too easily.

"But at half-time, I said to the boys, 'some of you have to step forward, some of you have to be a man and ensure that whatever it takes, we come out of it with something'.

"I give all credit to the boys because they dug in, got themselves ahead and it's gutting to concede that goal in that period of the game."


Players all fully behind the Murray revolution, says Bingham

Rakish Bingham said all the Mansfield Town players were fully behind new manager Adam Murray and enjoying his style of football.


Striker Bingham marked his recall into a 4-4-2 line-up with the opening goal in yesterday’s 2-2 FA Cup round two draw at Cambridge United in Murray’s first game in charge after being given the job full-time on Friday.

“It’s been a while since I scored,” said Bingham. “I’ve been a bit goal-shy. So it’s wonderful to get a goal and help the team.

“We have come a long way in a short spell and we are disappointed not to hold on for the win here today, though the most important thing is that we are in the hat for the next round and that’s all we can ask for.

“There is a new buzz in the dressing room. It’s been like a breath of fresh air and we are all behind Muzz.

“He has brought a new style and a new approach. He wants us to get the ball down and play at a quick tempo.

“Everyone is buying into it and it’s a great feeling.

“We have the players to play the style he wants to play. It is a natural thing to buy into it.

“But as long as I am out there on that green grass I enjoy it either way as long as I am scoring goals.”

Bingham headed Stags in front on three minutes, though wasted another good chance later on when he sent a free header over from six yards.

“We worked on the formation during the week and I played in the reserves on Tuesday in that position, though I know it very well,” he said.

“I have had to be patient for my chance and then needed to take it when I got it, which I think I’ve done today.

“My goal was brilliantly worked. I think it was Vadaine (Oliver) to Rob Taylor and I couldn’t do anything else but score, his ball in was that good.

“It is my job to score goals but it was a brilliant feeling.

“I had another chance with my head and I really should have hit the target. I just had to put it behind me and move on.”

Bingham is now looking forward to tomorrow night’s round three draw and said: “Any big club from the Premier will do, but I’d have to go for Arsenal as they are my favourite team. To play against them would be a dream come true.”


Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"I'm disappointed to concede a goal that late in the game, it hurts.
"I knew it would be a challenge coming here and we knew what we were in for. In certain points we stood up to it, other times we didn't.
"We gave possession away too easily, we weren't ruthless enough and we were sloppy on occasions - but we are still in the hat."


Cambridge United 2 Mansfield Town 2: Richard Money bullish on U’s FA Cup replay chances
Cambridge News

Richard Money is confident Cambridge United can go to Mansfield and book their place in the third round of the FA Cup when the sides meet again next week following Saturday's 2-2 draw.

Read more: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Cambridge-United-2-Mansfield-Town-2-Richard-Money/story-25374370-detail/story.html?#ixzz3LIROVKV3

Kwesi Appiah sneaked a late goal to make sure United went into the hat for tonight's draw after Tom Champion had given the Stags the lead 10 minutes from time in the second round tie with an own goal.

But Money believes there is no reason why United cannot win the replay on December 16.

He said: "I think it's the sort of tie where it might be easier to play away from home.

"I think it's the sort of tie where you can sit behind the ball and play on the counter-attack and I think sometimes when you're trying to force it and you're expected to win, sometimes it's not easy so now the shoe is on the other foot.

"They'll expect to win, they'll think they've done the job in taking us back there, but I think the tie is still very even and we'll be dangerous away from home there's no doubt about that, as they were on Saturday.

"The draw is still massive. It makes no difference because your name still comes out and I don't think the tie is over by a long way, but we have to hope we don't defend as poorly as that in the second game."

Money hailed the spirit shown by his side in not giving up after falling behind late on, but felt it was a mixed performance in terms of United's play.

He said: "I think we've shown a never say die attitude to get ourselves back into the game, but we were scrappy.

"We had periods of good play, but periods where we were scrappy and not secure enough with our passing or our defending, so a replay is probably a fair result.

"I think both teams came in at half time thinking the game could be 3-3 because we both created and missed a number of chances.

"Second half was always going to be a bit tighter I think because it's not often you get two halves that are as open as the first half was.

"The second half was more of a scrap than a football match and I think we're just pleased after the way the game has gone to come out and still be in the hat.

"I'm really pleased that we've shown an attitude where we weren't going to be beaten, but I think everyone in the dressing room knows we can play a lot better than that."

Money also felt there was not as much of a big match atmosphere in the stands as he had been hoping for, but admitted much of that was down to United's display.

He said: "I thought the crowd were little bit quiet if I'm honest, but I don't think we really gave them much opportunity to get behind us apart from when we scored the equaliser and might have got the winner in the last two or three minutes.

"It was very exciting then, but it wasn't as big an atmosphere as we've experienced because I don't think the team played well enough to create that atmosphere."



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