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Malvind Benning: injury update
mansfieldtown.net, 28th October 2015
Stags’ boss Adam Murray has this morning given an update on the injury sustained by Mal Benning in the 2-1 defeat to Bristol Rovers at One Call Stadium.
Speaking at this morning's news conference, Murray revealed that after consulting a specialist, the full-back received the news that the injury isn’t as bad as first feared and his time on the sidelines will be considerably shorter than originally thought.
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“It’s not as bad as we expected. We obviously expected the worst when we got the scan results and the original diagnosis, we thought it was going to be the whole season, if we’re being totally honest.
“We think we’ll have him back January-time, he hasn’t got to have an operation. He’s got to be in a brace for 12 weeks, obviously Mal’s young and he’s very, very fit."
Benning, who was an ever-present prior to sustaining the knee injury, will be vying for a return to action in the new year and Murray says it is good news for everyone involved.
“It’s great news for the club, great news for Mal and it’s great news for me.”
You will be able to watch Murray’s news conference, in full, later on Stags Player.
Ambitious Stags' boss wants to up the ante
Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray has set his squad sky-high ambitions in their continuing quest for success in Sky Bet League Two.
The Stags face the challenge of Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday - the team which he wanted his side to aspire to when speaking about them last season - but now Murray is eager to improve on the standards set by the weekend’s visitors to One Call Stadium.
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Stags' currently lie in 5th position in the league and Wycombe, who suffered play-off final heartbreak on penalties to Southend last season, are in 10th.
Murray said: “I would like us to be better than Wycombe to be honest. Wycombe didn’t get promoted - we’re still setting our goals [towards] the moon, we’re still aiming for perfection. We know it’s early into our journey and we’ve wanted this season to be a progressive one.
“We said a couple of months ago to aim for the limits, and if we don’t quite hit that we’ll end up in a good place. We believe as a football club we’re growing, off the pitch and on the pitch we’re moving forward.
“They (Wycombe) had a great season last season and they’re carrying that on so it’ll be another tough test for us. They’ll provide us with different problems, they’re an efficient outfit. We’re at home so we’ll try and make it as much about us as we can.”
Reflecting on Monday’s Emirates FA Cup first round draw in which Mansfield were drawn at home to play Oldham Athletic on Saturday 07 November, Murray believes his men have nothing to fear going into the contest in a little over a week.
“It’s a good tie for us, good to be at home and one we can go into believing we can win. I’m not really interested in the defeat a couple of years ago, it was obviously a different team and a different way of doing things. We’ll approach it in our manner, take the game to them and we’re confident we can get a result.”
Stags’ Under 18s, managed by John Dempster, host Cambridge City at One Call Stadium on Monday evening (02 November) and Murray is excited about watching the league-leading youngsters in action.
“They’re flying. I’ve had some conversations and I want to get the next batch through and around the first team as much as we can. There are some good players in there and they’re top of the league.
“These young boys know standards have to be risen, and if they’re performing well they’ll go in [to first team reckoning], there’s no doubt about that. It’ll be a good game, we’re looking forward to watching them - we’ve got a few of the boys training with us today, the future’s bright.
“The infrastructure needs to be there. [John] Dempster has turned it into a positive manner and the play they have produced in the youth team set-up has been tremendous. [The academy] is a big part of this football club and over the next few years we want to see players coming through, grabbing shirts and keeping them.”
After being thrust into the spotlight at a young age himself at then Premier League outfit Derby County, the manager added: “The importance is understanding how much hard work it is. Sometimes for the young kids they can be put into the first team environment and they think that’s it, they think they’ve made it.
“They take their foot off the gas, they don’t want to work as hard as they did before - and before you know it you’re working in Tesco. It’s a dream job [being a footballer] and one you need to earn the right to have.”
One of Stags’ young professionals, Liam Marsden, has recently been loaned out to Guiseley AFC to get some games under his belt and the manager is keen to take the same approach with other youngsters on the fringes of the first team squad.
“It’s a great opportunity for Mars (Liam Marsden) because he’s got to go and play games at that level, it’s tough. It’ll test him more than any reserve game or training so we’re over the moon with the opportunity he’s had.
“It’s something we’re going to be looking to do with a few more of our kids now. We’ve got a healthy squad, even though it’s small on numbers there’s some of these boys we’re not going to have sitting around and training without any game to look forward to on the Saturday.”
Watch Adam Murray's news conference now on Stags Player.
Mansfield Town v Wycombe Wanderers match preview: Stags closer to getting better of 'the big boys'
BOSS Adam Murray says Mansfield Town are edging closer to getting the better of 'the big boys' in League Two.
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The Stags held second-placed Portsmouth to a goal-less draw last weekend, on the back of a 1-0 win at Yeovil Town four days earlier.
Murray's men are right in the play-off mix ahead of tomorrow's visit of Wycombe Wanderers.
But the manager feels there is still room for improvement, with the real indicator they are challenging at the top coming when they pinch a victory on the road at one of the 'bigger clubs'.
"It was an excellent four points on the road," Murray said of last week's haul.
"We've played the top three now and none of them have beaten us. You look at our record against these teams and we've gone in structured and organised.
"Maybe (we) sacrificed a little bit of our attacking threat because we're up against the big boys. Let's not get carried away. Let's not get arrogant about where we are.
"We're up against some big boys in this league and our boys are fighting tooth and nail, they can't give any more than what they're giving, so hyper-critical we would have liked to have been better in possession at times but that's our next stage.
"That can't happen overnight and I keep saying when we achieve the standards that I think this team can achieve then they're the kind of performances when we come away and we've nicked it 1-0.
"I said it after Accrington, those types of games we have to draw or we have to nick 1-0. We go to Yeovil and we do that because it was another couple of months down the line.
"The next step will be going to these bigger clubs and nicking the 1-0s.
"It's all part of the journey and I really enjoyed Saturday. I really did. It was a pleasure to watch my team and again I thought our fans were immense.
"You come away from the game glowing because a smaller club compared to Portsmouth have gone in there and more than competed with them."
And Murray praised the solidity of his team, stressing it has been a collective effort.
"If you look at our defensive record so far it's good but that's not a back-four thing, it's not a goalkeeper thing, it's a whole team thing," he added.
"The only way we keep these standards is if we keep battering it home. It does become monotonous at times but when it's called upon it's second nature."
Adam Murray believes Mansfield Town’s future is bright
Adam Murray believes the Stags’ future is bright.
Mansfield Town’s youth side sit top of their division and Murray has already held talks with his staff about integrating promising players in to first team training.
Young trio Jack Thomas, Joe Fitzpatrick and Corbin Shires were all handed professional contracts in May and Murray said the infrastructure is in place to see more come through.
He said: “They’re top of the league and the more we can breed our own than that’s ultimately the goal. Our young pros know the standards have risen. If they are good enough they’ll go in.
“You do have to deal with the here and now but I’ve said to the board that I don’t want this to be a one-hit wonder that’ll be over in a few months and we go back to having no future goal.
“The new kids that we have got in and the academy are the future so whether I’m manager or someone else the infrastructure needs to be there. The infrastructure is there and the quality has been tremendous, that’s why they’re top.
“They’re a big part of this football club and over the next few years we want to see the like of Thomas, Fitzpatrick and one or two others grabbing shirts and keeping them. They have to understand how important it is.
The Stags manager, whose side face Wycombe Wanderers at the One Call Stadium on Saturday, had a few words of warning for the club’s young prospects about the pitfalls of professional football.
“Sometimes when they get in to the first team environment and they think that’s it, they think they’ve made it. They take their foot off the gas, they don’t want to work harder than they did before and before you know it you’re working in Tescos,” said Murray, who made his debut for Derby County in the Premier League.
“Professional football is a dream job that you’ve got to earn the right to have and you need to respect the game. If you don’t it’ll kick you in your so-and-sos.
“I’d gone from playing in the Premier League to playing for Mansfield in League Two. We used to train at school at that time and that was a big culture shock but it was a wake up call and something I probably needed.
“I probably had some of the best times I had as a young player here so it works both ways. We’ve taken a couple of young lads on loan over the past ten months and they’ve gone back to their club better people and better players.”
Rose impressed by 'unbelievable' Stags' defence
mansfieldtown.net, 28th October 2015
Mitchell Rose has heaped praise on Mansfield Town’s ‘unbelievable’ defence after they recorded back-to-back clean sheets in last week’s tough Sky Bet League Two away double-header.
The midfielder has played a large part in the Stags’ strong start to the season with 13 appearances in all competitions so far, and the Doncaster-born man has been delighted to play a regular part whilst also proving his versatility in the Stags’ side.
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He said: “Looking over the last three or four years, I haven’t played a lot of senior football so this has been a vital season for me to get senior games. The first ten to 12 games I was in the team and doing okay, I was relishing every opportunity.
“I’m grateful now to be back in the team and contributing to performances,” he added after a recent suspension saw him absent from Adam Murray’s squad temporarily.
Rose also went on to say: “If you look at the strength in depth of the squad, my natural position is central midfield but with the players we’ve got in there - Chappy (Adam Chapman), Chris Clements and Jamie McGuire - it makes it difficult for me to cement a position that I most want to be in.
“I have to be willing to play in other positions, and my performances in the other positions will then warrant me an opportunity to play in centre midfield so I’ve got to make sure wherever I play I’m contributing.”
Speaking about the backline’s displays so far this season and having to play at right-back in the recent away win at Yeovil, the ex-Rotherham United player declared: “The defence has been unbelievable, they’ve kept the most clean sheets in the league so to be in there in my unnatural position, I had to make sure I was on the top of my game with no room for error.
“I’ve been looking at that week since I first came (against Yeovil and Portsmouth). Coming out of the back of that week to get four points is massive for us and it puts us in a great position for Saturday - I think if we’d been at our best with the ball against Portsmouth we’d have taken all three points.”
Looking ahead to Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two contest with tenth-placed Wycombe Wanderers, Rose believes the side must not think too far ahead with the Emirates FA Cup tie against Oldham Athletic seven days later.
“We’re planning for the Wycombe game in training and the attention to detail is great for us and puts us in a great position to go out and get three points on Saturday. We’re looking forward to both games but we have to take one game at a time - our priority now is Wycombe on Saturday.
“We’re getting stronger every single game. You can’t take anything away from Wycombe, they’re a very good side. We’ll come up against some very good players on Saturday, so we have to compete well. No game is easy in this league, every game is a difficult game.”
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