MURRAY AND ANDY MORRELL REACTION TO TAMWORTH GAME
New Mansfield Town signing Krystian Pearce injury not serious
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas, Saturday 11 July 2015
New Mansfield Town signing Krystian Pearce did not suffer a serious injury in today’s 1-1 friendly draw at Tamworth and was withdrawn as a precaution.
Fans would have been worried by the sight of the big defender limping off just after half-time, but boss Adam Murray said: “It was just a knock and we were about to make the substitutions anyway.
“In pre-season it’s not worth risking it so we brought him off.”
Former Stag Ross Dyer punished an early mistake by keeper Scott Shearer to put Tamworth ahead for a sweet finish by Nathan Thomas on 55 minutes to level.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the game,” said Murray. “But it took us 43 minutes to get going.
“They had a bit of a rollicking at half-time. These pre-season friendly games are a pain in the backside in some ways as there are not three points on it.
“I know as a player that as much as you want to do it, if there aren’t three points on it then it’s harder and I thought we went through the motions in the first half.
“We painted certain pictures with the ball that looked pretty but were not effective.
“I thought our work rate and tempo were not quick enough in the first half.
“All credit to the boys, they upped the tempo in the first 20 minutes of the second half before we made the changes and we should have scored two or three.
“Then we made the changes and I thought the young boys did well. Overall I was very pleased with the afternoon.”
After the game, Andy Morrell said 'It was a good work out and I'm pleased with how the lads have performed. Going straight into it against a League club has given us a foundation to build on.
We gave a couple of the U21 squad a run out at left back and centre half and that's the benefit of having a 'second team' - something we haven't had at the club for a while.
I'm still looking for a couple more additions to give strength in depth but am happy to wait to see who becomes available as pre-season goes on. We'll be fielding a similar side on Tuesday at Hinckley (at Heather St. Johns) and give everyone more minutes.'
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