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31st March 2015 19:08

Murray apologises to supporters after defeat to York
mansfieldtown.net, 28th March 2015

Boss bitterly disappointed by performance in home defeat to the Minstermen.


Manager Adam Murray has apologised to supporters following this afternoon’s bitterly disappointing 4-1 defeat to York City at One Call Stadium.

The Minstermen earned three crucial points to edge closer towards us in the Sky Bet League Two table thanks to goals by Shaq Coulthirst (2), Jake Hyde and Keith Lowe.

The result means our team are now also just seven points above second-bottom Tranmere Rovers, whom we still have to face in mid-April, with only seven matches of the season left to play.

Speaking in his post-match interview, Murray said: “It was the lowest point of my twenty-odd games [as manager], gutless, spineless and I’m ashamed to represent that [performance].

“We knew that the wind would play a big part in the first half. It did, but we didn’t do the basics. We didn’t defend set-pieces, didn’t win any battles, didn’t win any races and [the ball] became a hot potato.

“We lacked bravery and didn’t have any possession of the football. It was just [a case of] get rid of it as quick as you can, and we owe people an apology tonight.

“Every single [Mansfield Town] fan that came into the ground deserves an apology, because that wasn’t acceptable.”

He added: “I said three months ago that we lacked massive and vital ingredients and nothing has changed.

“We had a few wins a few weeks ago, but the bottom line of this hasn’t changed. I said we’ll be in this battle to the last day [of the season] and we will be.”


Mansfield 103.2 interview (also on StagsPlayer):

Adam Murray: "I'll scrap and fight to do that (keep us in the league) and then I'll have a decision at the end of the season whether I need this.
The job I was given was to keep the football club in the league and I'm confident that we'll do that. Sometimes you've got to look at the battles you fight."



Sarah Clapson @Sarah_Clapson
Spineless, gutless, shambolic... You get the picture. Comments from Murray post-match, also hints he may not want to continue after summer
Think that's probably the hurt from an abysmal defeat talking. But still interesting words from Murray.

BBCNottinghamSport @BBCRNS
#stags manager Adam Murray hints that he may not want to continue after the summer. Comes in wake of 4-1 home hammering to York


Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"It's the lowest point of my time in charge so far. We didn't carry out any kind of game plan, we might as well have spent a week at home and done no preparation.
"We showed no bravery on the ball and none without it. Its a tough one to take and we can only apologise to the fans who came to see us.
"You're asking people to carry out responsibilities and jobs - only they can do that. I don't hold anything against people for walking out, the group deserved it today."


Stags boss Murray at lowest ebb after home humiliation by York
chad.co.uk, Saturday 28 March 2015

Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray apologised to fans for today’s humiliating 4-1 home defeat by struggling York City and admitted it was the worst day of his short managerial career.


He even ended an emotional press conference with suggestions he may have to consider if he wants to stay on next season, even if he does keep Mansfield in the League.

With three tough games to come next week, they will certainly struggle to pick up anything with a performance as bad as today’s against a side playing with 10 men for the last hour.

“That was shambolic and the lowest point of my 20-odd games,” said Murray. “We were gutless, spineless and I am ashamed to represent that tonight.

“We didn’t do the basics. We didn’t defend set pieces, we lacked bravery in possession and we didn’t win any battles. The ball became a hot potato.

We were gutless, spineless and I am ashamed to represent that tonight
“We owe people an apology tonight. Every single person that came to the game deserves an apology. That was not acceptable.

“They were creating a number of chances so we had to do something. We were not dealing well with the conditions and we looked all over the place. But if you can’t rely on people to carry out their jobs you are in trouble.

“Working on things all week then going out and doing you own thing on a Saturday is pointless.

“The bottom line hasn’t changed as I have said all along this will go to the wire. We had a few wins recently, but we are not good enough to pull ourselves out of it and go through a time when we don’t need the points.”

He added: “Today showed we are a million miles away. Now we have three ridiculously tough games and the boys need to get their heads out of their backsides.

“There are no excuses. We showed no courage, no passion and no pride.

“We have vital things missing which I’ve known for a while.

“But we now have to dust ourselves down and go again. We have seven games left and we need some points.

“We have got to stick together. No one is going to help us. We are on our own. This squad of 23 players will carry us over the line.

“We can’t dwell on it or feel sorry for ourselves. Games are coming thick and fast and we now have seven World Cup finals.

“In both boxes we were awful. We couldn’t defend, we didn’t look like we wanted to score and in between we kicked it as far as we could and we don’t ask people to play like that.

“We didn’t look a team. We looked like an outfit that was scared to death. It’s ripped my heart out to be honest.

“Three months ago my remit was to keep this football club in the League. I will fight and scrap to do that which will then allow me a decision if I need this. Sometimes you’ve got to look at the battles you are fighting.”

In stark contrast, York boss Russ Wilcox was delighted with what could be a crucial win in saving his side from slipping back into the Conference.

Today should have been made a harder task when he had keeper Bobby Olejnik red-carded on 31 minutes for leaving his box and stopping a Rakish Bingham lob finding the net with his hand.

But York coasted home with plenty to spare and Wilcox said: “The main thing to take from today was the mental side of it.

“We spoke before the game that Mansfield would put the ball into our box at every opportunity, sometimes with quality and sometimes not, and we dealt with it very well.

“To play with 10 men for an hour and still manage to score two more goals as well and continue to show great shape, commitment and organisation was tremendous.

“We weathered a bit of a storm at the end and there were a few nervous moments at 3-1, but to get the fourth goal at the end topped it off nicely.

“It was the best performance since I took over because of playing for so long with 10 men at a difficult place against a big, powerful team.

“The three centre halves were immense, along with the rest of the group.

“That was the base to build from and they were the catalyst that kicked us on. They got first contact on most balls that came into our box and showed their experience.

“It was a brave decision to keep on two strikers when the keeper was sent off and take off my captain instead. “It would have been easy to take a striker off and say let’s try to see it through, but I wanted to keep two up the top and they caused problems all afternoon.”

He continued: “It was the icing on the cake to score from two corners. “They were two fantastic deliveries by Josh Carson and it just shows what can happen when you make first contact, you get opportunities to score goals.

“I am proud of the group, but we have to go again next weekend.

“Easter weekend is always a huge weekend with two games, nothing will be decided but if we can perform like that we can push ourselves further out of trouble.

On Olejnik’s sending off, he added: “It was a crazy decision by the goalkeeper.

“He didn’t need to come out, the centre halves would have dealt comfortably with the situation.”


Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray to review his position after the season
Nottingham Post, by Sarah Clapson

Adam Murray hinted he may consider walking away from the position of Mansfield Town manager in the summer.

It is almost four months since the former skipper was named permanent successor to Paul Cox at the One Call Stadium. And he hit the "lowest point" of his short career as a manager with a 4-1 thrashing at home to York City on Saturday.

Read more: http://www.nottinghampost.com/Mansfield-Town-manager-Adam-Murray-review/story-26250925-detail/story.html?#ixzz3VrDGFX00

Feeling "embarrassed" by a limp performance, Murray (pictured) seemed to suggest he could do without the stresses and strains that come with the job.

"It's ripped my heart out," he said of the defeat.

"But we can't feel sorry for ourselves. We've got to go again; we've got to scrap.

"My remit three months ago was to keep this football club in the league. I'll scrap and fight to do that and then I'll have a decision if I need this. I look at the job and the job I was given three months ago was to keep this football club in the league. I'm confident we'll do that.

"We'll bounce back, we'll go again but sometimes you've got to look at the battles you're fighting."

After initially lining up in a 3-4-3 formation, Murray switched to 4-4-2 with 23 minutes gone and his side already 2-0 down.

"They were creating a number of chances and we weren't dealing with the conditions. We looked all over the place," he said.

"If you can't rely on people to carry out their jobs, then you're in trouble.

"You can't work on things all week and then go do your own thing on a Saturday - it's pointless.

"It's not worth the time. There's no point going through hours and hours and hours of preparation if people want to do their own thing."

The gap between Mansfield and the relegation zone stands at seven points with seven games to go, but clashes with promotion-chasing Southend United, Shrewsbury Town and Plymouth Argyle are next on the horizon.

"We go into three ridiculously tough matches now. Those boys need to pull their heads out their backsides," said Murray.

"I'm ashamed to represent this football club after that. There's no excuses. We showed no courage, we showed no passion, we showed no pride."


Ten-man York City boss Russ Wilcox hails "tremendous" 4-1 win at Mansfield
yorkpress.co.uk, by Dave Flett

YORK City boss Russ Wilcox hailed a tremendous away performance after watching his ten-man team win 4-1 at Mansfield.


Following early goals by Keith Lowe and Shaq Coulthirst, keeper Bobby Olejnik was sent off for handling outside his area on 31 minutes.

But Jake Hyde extended the visitors’ lead after the break and, after Matt Rhead pulled a goal back, Coulthirst scored again to complete the rout.

A delighted Wilcox said: “To lose Bobby and play with ten men for an hour at an intimidating place like Mansfield and then score two more goals is a tremendous away performance. There were a few nervous moments at 3-1 because we are York City and we don’t ever do anything easy but we showed great commitment and organisation to complete a terrific job.”



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