BROWN PICKS UP HAMSTRING INJURY
Boss content with 'small steps forward'
mansfieldtown.net, 10th March 2015
Manager Adam Murray says his team have made a notable improvement since our last match against Bury, but insists there is more to come from his players.
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The Stags were comfortably beaten 2-0 by the Shakers at Gigg Lane when the two sides last met on 28 December but have since gained a number of impressive results under Adam Murray’s revolution.
The two teams will go head to head this Saturday, with Bury in sixth place and the Stags positioned in 19th in Sky Bet League Two.
And Adam Murray today re-affirmed that his new-look squad are heading in the right direction.
“I think we’ve come a very long way [since the Bury game]," said our boss.
“In the three games that I think we have been very poor, Bury being one of them, you have to give certain credit to your opposition.
“I said before the Bury game there [at Gigg Lane], that they’re an outstanding outfit.
"For the resources and the infrastructure which they have, they probably believe they’re a little bit below where they should be [in the league].
"For me, they’re a top drawer team in this league and probably should be inside the top three.
“I know the guys down there set very high standards and I imagine they will expect themselves to be inside the top three."
After obtaining seven points from the last nine available, Murray says his players will head into Saturday's match with optimism.
“We are on our journey and we’re progressing every week. It’ll be another tough test with for us [on Saturday], one which we’ll go into with a lot of confidence.
“We have a certain way of playing at home, and that won’t change.
“We’ve had some good results and some very high performances but we’re only just scratching the surface of where I believe I can take this team and football club.
“The boys are high in confidence. They’re playing superbly at the minute and can’t wait to get their teeth into another challenge."
Stags could be without winger Junior Brown for Saturday’s match after the winger suffered a hamstring problem during last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Cheltenham Town
“Junior’s struggling with his hamstring; obviously we had to take him off on Saturday,” said Murray.
“It looks like he’ll miss the Bury encounter, which is a big blow for us because he’s been superb. But we’ve got Jeff [Monakana] who can come in and do a very good job for us.”
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Stags winger Brown set to miss Bury clash
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas, Tuesday 10 March 2015
Mansfield Town look set to be without winger Junior Brown for the visit of Bury on Saturday.
Brown damaged a hamstring during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Cheltenham Town and the Stags are hoping it won’t sideline him for too long.
His absence will see Brighton loanee Jeffrey Monakana get another chance to show what he can do.
Manager Adam Murray said: “Junior went to close someone down on Saturday and just felt it and signalled to us that he was struggling.
“It is a big blow for us. He will have a scan today and we will know more from that, but hopefully it won’t be too bad.
“But Jeffrey Monakana can come in and do a very good job for us.”
Stags boss Murray challenges his side to beat last year’s finish
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas, Tuesday 10 March 2015
Mansfield Town could all but make sure of League Two safety by capitalising on their fine recent home form and taking six more points when they entertain Bury on Saturday and AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday.
Stags have taken seven points out of their last nine available and only lost once in seven games while, at home, they have won three and drawn two of the last five.
However, manager Adam Murray is taking nothing for granted and is challenging his side, currently 19th on 42 points with 11 games to go, to beat last year’s finish of 11th with 60 points.
“They are two home games against decent sides, but our home form at the minute is superb,” said Murray.
“But we still have 11 games to play and the way the league is, we are not taking nothing for granted this year as there are that many ups and downs.
“I want to beat last year’s points total and that will be our focus. There is still a lot to play for.
“There will be no foot coming off the gas in this camp.”
When Stags were outplayed in a 2-0 defeat at Bury on 28th December, Murray said his side were a million miles away from the classy Shakers’ display.
“We have come a long way since that,” he said. “We are a bit closer and we are only 900,000 miles away from them now.
“We are getting there and working hard. But we are only scratching the surface of where I believe I can take this team and this football club.
“Bury away was one of the three games in which we have been really poor since I took over, but you have to give some credit to the opposition, and I said before we played them that they were an outstanding outfit and, for the resources and infra-structure they have got there, probably believe they are a bit below where they should be.
“For me they are a top drawer team for this league and should be in the top three. I knew they set very high standards.
“It will be another tough test, but we can’t wait to get out teeth into the challenge. We will go into it with a lot of confidence. At home we have a certain way of playing, and that won’t change.”
He added: “It was a very good point at Cheltenham and it capped off a very good week for us and a good period of time.
“It is important now that we get our focus straight back on and our foot back down as we have another big game on Saturday.
“All credit to the boys. We have rotated players around the last couple of weeks and everyone who has come in have performed at a very high standard. Picking a side is a good headache to have and it’s important we keep the freshness and energy levels high.”
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