MURRAY: OUR BIGGEST GAME SO FAR
Murray: This is our biggest game so far
mansfieldtown.net, 26th March 2015
Boss wants supporters to create a ferocious atmosphere as we take on York City.
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Murray: "It’s going to be about how many people we can get through the doors and how much noise they can make"
Manager Adam Murray says this Saturday’s ‘six-pointer’ showdown with York City is the biggest game in his tenure so far and wants supporters to create a cauldron of noise inside One Call Stadium.
A win this weekend would take our team a massive 10 points above the Minstermen in the Sky Bet League Two table with just seven matches of the season to go, though a defeat would see the visitors narrow the gap to just four points.
It promises to be a big game and one which our manager is relishing.
He said: “I can’t wait [for the game] to be honest. The boys have got a real fire in their belly about Saturday’s game. We were disappointed with our result on the Saturday just gone [losing 1-0 away at Hartlepool United] and we want to put that right again.
“Every time we’ve had to react, we have done so. It’s one of those games where for the first time I’ll give you the line of ‘it’s a six-pointer’ because it’s a big game. They obviously need to win so they’ve got to come at us and it’ll be a really good game.”
Murray continued: “We’re getting to that stage of the season now where points are the most important thing. It’s not about performances any more - it’s about points on the board.
“It’s interesting speaking to a few players and other clubs that I know and people’s kind of view on the game change. It’s about getting [the ball] in the box as quickly as you can now and a lot of teams are setting up that way, because points are a necessity.
“[Saturday’s game] will be a battle and a war between two teams that are fighting for points and I can’t wait.”
Our boss also wants supporters to continue to play their part by creating a fantastic atmosphere inside One Call Stadium and getting behind our players throughout the game.
“We need the crowd to play a part in it,” said Murray. “I’d go as far as saying this is probably our biggest game so far this season, so we’ll see, as a football club, what we’re made of.
“It’s not going to be about 11 players on the pitch or the 18 players in the squad. It’s going to be about how many people we can get through the doors and how much noise they can make.
“It’ll be interesting to see, when you look at all the clubs below us at the minute, and they’re all doing rallying cries for supporters, so we’ve got to do the same.
“It’s a time where with eight games to go, we have to want more than at any other time in recent times. We’ve put ourselves in a great position to achieve what we set out to do three months ago.”
In team news for Saturday’s match, we will be without winger Junior Brown, who starts a four-game suspension, as well as Reggie Lambe, who is away on international duty with Bermuda.
Striker Liam Hearn featured for the reserves in midweek, but is unlikely to be rushed back.
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Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray delighted to see Liam Hearn back
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, Thursday 26 March 2015
Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray says it is a pleasure to see injured striker Liam Hearn playing once again.
Hearn played 15 minutes in Tuesday’s 2-1 reserve win at Rotherham United.
It was the first time Hearn has put on a Mansfield Town shirt since limping off during the Capital One Cup defeat at Sheffield United in August.
Said Murray: “It was a pleasure seeing Liam Hearn back. He looked fit and strong and it is great to have him back.
“From day one, once he got over the shock and disappointment, his attitude has been perfect and he has been determined to come back stronger and not let anything stop him.
“He is back two months ahead of schedule, which says a lot.
“Liam is obviously over the moon to be back and we can’t get him off the training ground right now.
“We have still got to be wary with him. He has had a long time out and not played a lot of football, we have got to be careful and avoid rushing him back.”
It capped an excellent outing for the Stags reserves side, who defeated Rotherham thanks to two Alex Fisher goals.
“The kids did well against a good Rotherham team,” Murray added.“The win helps individual confidence. Wins are always good because it helps breed a winning mentality throughout the club.
“The performance was very encouraging. We want to allow the kids to express themselves and to be comfortable on the ball.
“It is about being effective with the ball and the players were excellent.”
Adam Murray says York City match is Mansfield Town’s biggest of the season
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, Thursday 26 March 2015
Adam Murray has described Saturday’s crunch relegation clash with York City as Mansfield Town’s biggest game of the season.
Stags can edge closer to ensuring their League Two survival next season with three vital points against the struggling Minstermen.
‘This is our biggest game of the season and is a real six-pointer. We need to go the extra yard and make it our day’
Mansfield have won three of their last six matches as they move towards safety, while 21st-placed York have just two victories in their last 10 matches.
But, depsite the visitors faltering form, Murray knows his side are in for a big battle.
“York will be coming here for the points and it is going to be a good game,” said Murray.
“This is our biggest game of the season and is a real six-pointer. We need to show what we are made of and make it our day.
“It will also be a battle and a war between two teams fighting for the points.
“The players are raring to go for Saturday because we want to put the Hartlepool match right.
“It is important we get points off the teams below us, points are the name of the game now and not performances.
“York are a strong outfit with good players and it is important that we go the extra yard.”
Murray has also urged the Mansfield fans to get fully behind their side as the relegation battle hots up.
“This is a game where we need the crowd behind us and where we need to act as one,” added Murray.
“The teams around us have been issuing rallying cries to their fans and that is what we need from our supporters.
“This is a tense time for the football club. We have come a long way in a short space of time and are in a great position to do what we set out to do three months ago and that is to get 15th place.
“We cannot let all the good work we have done go, because that would be criminal.
“I know where I want us to be and we are nowhere near that at the moment.
“We want to get over the line as soon as we can. Once we get over that line, we can start to play in the way we want to play next season and give the kids a chance to gain experience and show people what they can do.”
Mansfield have won three of their last five home games.
York City boss Russ Wilcox hopeful on Mansfield return for Zubar and Coulson
yorkpress.co.uk, by Steve Carroll, 25 Mar 2015
YORK CITY manager Russ Wilcox is hopeful Stephane Zubar and Michael Coulson may be fit in time for Saturday’s SkyBet League Two trip to Mansfield Town.
The pair both missed the 2-2 draw with Accrington at the weekend - centre-back Zubar still recovering from a thigh injury suffered in the home defeat to Bury and midfielder Coulson missing with a hip problem.
Wilcox said the duo were being “assessed daily” but is keeping his fingers crossed that both can help bolster his squad as the Minstermen visit the Stags.
Striker Emile Sinclair, forced off after 14 minutes of the Accrington game, is set to have a scan on his injured thigh today.
“Stephane has not trained. There is still soreness in there and Coulson has not trained either,” Wilcox said. “We will assess them daily and we are hoping they will be okay for the weekend.
“Emile will have a scan today and we will see what that brings.”
Wilcox added that he was still working feverishly in a bid to add to his squad before tomorrow’s loan deadline but admitted it was proving difficult to get the quality player he wanted.
He explained: “We are hoping to get someone in before Thursday but it is always difficult to add at the top end of the pitch.
“Everyone wants to keep strikers in house but we are working away.
We are all going out to games and making phone calls.”
Asked whether those difficulties were proving a frustration, Wilcox said: “You expect it at this time of year.”
The match at the Field Mill is all-ticket with no sales to away supporters on the day. City have been given an allocation of 744 tickets and the deadline to buy at the ticket office is 3pm on Friday
O'Hanlon Arrives Until End Of Season
yorkcityfootballclub.co.uk, Thu 26 Mar 2015
Young forward moves to Bootham Crescent on loan deal...
YORK City have this afternoon completed the loan signing of AFC Bournemouth striker Josh O’Hanlon until the end of the season.
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The 19-year-old will link up with the Minstermen for the remaining eight games of the Sky Bet League season and go straight into the Russ Wilcox squad, starting with Saturday’s trip to Mansfield Town.
The young forward, who has yet to make his first team appearance for the current Championship top-toppers, was signed from Longford Town in January 2014 after scoring seven goals in 22 appearances for the non-League outfit.
Miller Joins On Loan
yorkcityfootballclub.co.uk, Thu 26 Mar 2015
Coventry City striker links up with the Minstermen...
THE Minstermen can this afternoon confirm the signing of Coventry City forward Shaun Miller on loan until the end of the season.
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The 27-year-old will go straight into City squad for the remaining eight games of the Sky Bet League Two campaign as Russ Wilcox’s side look to retain their Football League status.
Miller, who started his professional career with Crewe Alexandra, scoring 43 goals in a six year spell in Cheshire, joined fellow League One side Sheffield United on a free transfer in 2012.
Two seasons at Bramall Lane followed where he notched the winning goal in a famous FA Cup victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage last season, before linking up with Coventry at the start of current campaign after the Blades decided against renewing his contract.
The 5ft 10in forward has made a total of 13 appearances in all competitions this season for Coventry, scoring two goals, whilst he also took in a loan spell at Crawley Town at the end of 2014.
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