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Stags' boss frustrated after Stanley showing
mansfieldtown.net, 19th August 2015

Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray was left feeling frustrated after tonight's 1-0 defeat at Accrington.

The Stags lost by a goal to nil at the Wham Stadium as Accrington Stanley had Sean McConville to thank after his first-half strike.

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The gaffer was frustrated with his side’s lacklustre showing in Lancashire. He said: “You hammer it (against complacency on Friday’s win) home, and then you ask people to take that on board. That’s the most disappointing thing tonight that it wasn’t taken on board. Some of the performances tonight were lacklustre. It’s a massive thump back down to earth.

“If it was a group of naive people then maybe you’d let it ride, but we’ve got some experienced boys in there.

“The warnings were there because we’ve all seen it a million times. To see it coming and the lads not react to that is the most disappointing thing tonight.”

The boss was disappointed with the way his side conceded the goal. “We switched off and gave a poor pass away. They’ve had one shot [in the] first half and it’s gone in.

“The disappointing thing is the ref has given the throw to us and the fourth official’s changed it. We’ve set up for our throw and then the game’s going again. We’ve given the ball away sloppily outside our 18-yard box trying to risk a pass and I think it’s nipped a defender on the way through,” Murray added.

“[In the previous games] we’ve set out to play on the front foot and go and get into people faces and go and win the ball high up and we didn’t do that tonight.

“We didn’t have that energy. The people and the managers that I've spoken to the last four five weeks who have seen us have commented how organised and disciplined we look as a side but we weren’t that tonight.”

Tonight's performance at Accrington could serve as a wake-up call, Murray hinted. “The most pleasing thing for me is that I know there’s a lot more to come from this group. We’ve shown in spells over the last two weeks what we can do. It’s about consistency.”

Murray admits there will be no let-up in the players' schedule, with the players being brought into training every day before the visit of Oxford United on Saturday.

“They’ll be in 9 o’clock in the morning, and they’ll be in Thursday morning, and they’ll be in Friday morning, and they’ll be in all day until they realise that we’re not good enough to turn up at 60/70%, to anywhere.

“We’re a team that we have to be at 100% every game, every day and when we do that we’ll have a chance of being up there in this league.

“We’ve shown that we're a good side. To be a good side we have to do everything to the tee.

“We can’t carry people, we can’t have people going through the motions. These boys will bounce back. There’s a lot of wounded egos in there because they know they’ve let people down tonight but we will go again.”


Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray furious players didn’t heed warnings about Accrington trip
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray was furious tonight that his side didn’t heed his warnings about an ‘After the Lord Mayor’s Show’ display at Accrington Stanley after their superb win at Notts County on Friday.

Despite underlining what could happen as everyone heaped praise on his players, Murray watched his side slump to a 1-0 defeat at the Wham Stadium, a deflected goal winning a poor game.

“We talked about it before the game, we spoke about it Saturday, we spoke about it Sunday, we spoke about it Monday - we pre-warned the players how these occasions pan out after a game like Friday - yet they didn’t respond to that which is disappointing,” he said.


“The quality was non-existent. We got a lot of balls into the final third but we lacked quality there. We didn’t have a cutting edge or an end product.

“I don’t think either team deserved to win it. It was a poor game and a poor spectacle. And it was a poor goal to concede, deflected in after we had set up for a throw-in to us the referee had given which the 4th official then gave the other way.

“It’s one of those things. We couldn’t have hammered it home any harder than we did. The most disappointing thing was to see some performances that were lacklustre.”

Murray added: “It’s a massive thump back down to earth. Games like Friday do take it out of you emotionally and physically but I am not making any excuses for them.

“We didn’t show our quality tonight - it was hot potato football. The ball kept coming back at us. And we got isolated and didn’t defend as a team.

“This season we have set off on the front foot, got in people’s faces and won the ball high up the pitch.

“Other managers have commented how organised and disciplined we look. We were not that tonight.

“It’s frustrating as it was there to be won. The goal changed the game. The first 15 minutes we had a number of chances, but we were too slow and had no end product.

“In the second half we showed more urgency but still lacked quality.

“If the group were naïve people I could maybe let it ride, but we have some experienced boys in there. We’ve all seen this happen a million times yet we didn’t react.

“The good thing is I know there is a lot more to come from this group. We have shown in spells over the last two weeks what we can do. Now it’s all about consistency.

“If you have days when it’s not going your way, you grind out results. But we have let ourselves down tonight and we’ve let the travelling fans down.”

Murray let his players know exactly how he felt with heated words after the game and their day off has now been cancelled as he has ordered them in for extra sessions ahead of Saturday’s visit of Oxford United.

“I have spoken a lot from the heart in there afterwards and the players will be in at 9am tomorrow, Thursday and Friday and work all day,” he said. “It’s not good enough to turn up at 60 per cent anywhere.

“We have to be at 100 per cent every game, every day to have a chance of being up there in this league.

“If you turn up and go through the motions you will get your pants pulled down. There are some wounded egos in there right now, but they will bounce back and I can’t wait for Saturday.”


Adam Murray: Mansfield Town manager wants more from Stags

Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray says his side "cannot go through the motions" as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Accrington Stanley.
Tuesday's defeat was their first in League Two this season and came four days after a 2-0 victory at local rivals Notts County.
Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham: "We need to work hard. We are not a team who are good enough to play at 70-80%.
"It has to be 100% and we need people focused to the standards we want."


Nathan Thomas @Naththomas19
Extremely disappointing result, we learn and move on, come back stronger #stags


video: John Coleman reaction


Accrington Stanley matchwinner Sean McConville almost subbed before he shot down Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman admitted he was about to substitute Sean McConville minutes before his deflected first half winner against Mansfield Town last night.

The goal changed a game in which Stags had been on top and Coleman said: “Sean will always get goals.


“But it was ironic as he was close to being substituted after 25 minutes as he was a having a horror show - and he wasn’t alone. But he popped up with a great goal and after that he was a threat all night and unlucky not to score again.

“We were delighted to win. You don’t want to be going too many games at the start of the season as it builds up the pressure and people get nervous.

“It was a poor start by us, but we got through the adversity of the first 35 minutes when they were comfortably the better side and scored against the run of play. Then second half we pinned them back, made a host of chances and should have had more goals. We played with an energy and a determination.

“Apart from a lob, and it’s a good job we have a 6ft high keeper, they didn’t really trouble our goal.

“You’ve got to give Mansfield credit. They are a good side and they were missing their main player tonight (striker Matt Green). When he comes back in their side they will give teams a lot of trouble.”


Goal is lift off for Sean 19/08/2015
by Dany Robson

Sean McConville admitted it was a relief to score his first goal following his return to Stanley - and it made it more special that it was the winner against Mansfield.

Winger McConville came back to the Reds in the summer after initially leaving in 2011 and he fired home the only goal against the Stags in the 33rd minute after a lack-lustre opening by the Reds.

His shot took a deflection to wrong-foot Brian Jensen and then Stanley could have gone on to make the win more convincing.

“It’s always good to get off the mark and get up and running and I will take it whether it’s one yard out or whether it gets a nick!” said McConville.

“The most important thing though was the three points. I think we perhaps gave Mansfield too much respect in the opening half an hour and we were under the cosh.

“For some reason I think every one, me included, was nervous at the start but you have got to give Mansfield some credit for that. We had to dig in but you will have spells like that as you can’t always be on top in games.

“Once we scored it seemed to settle everyone down and it was like a weight had been lifted from our shoulders.

“In the second half we played magnificently and it could have been two, three or four.

“The pleasing thing as well was the clean sheet as apparently we hadn’t kept one since February.

“The gaffer had been taking about it and saying how important it was and we have tightened up at the back.

“If you are solid at the back and we can hold teams to nil for a long period of the game then we have forward thinking players who will go and snatch a win. The goals will start flowing now.”

With four points on the board, the Reds will be looking to add more at promotion favourites Notts County on Saturday.

“I think their pitch will suit us as it’s open and we can play our passing game,” added McConville. “We will go there, hopefully keep their fans quiet and return home with three points.”



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