ADAM MURRAY MONDAY NEWS CONFERENCE
A few snippets from Adam Murray's 15 minute video interview today on StagsPlayer:
2nd November 2015, by Martin Shaw
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"You have to give credit where credit's due sometimes and they defended really well. They did a professional defensive job on us, something we've done to other teams this season. We had 74% possession, but you've got to use that.
A couple of people said to me over the weekend, you've got to change this, you've got to do that. Why? We're sixth in the league. Are you winding me up?
What we need to do is become a little bit more ruthless.
We're playing two at the back at home, and a holding midfielder, hence why the opposition manager worried about our full-backs all week.
We've got to stick to the gameplan, not have an erratic mindset in terms of we've got to change this and we've got to do that. We haven't. We've got to keep the focus.
We're facing good challenges. It excites me because it's work on the training ground, that I know where we need to tweak things. And I know how we need to become a bit better. And we will do.
You're going to go through spells where the chances don't go in.
Let's have a bit of perspective of where we've come from. Let's not have headloss every time we lose a game. Because I've got some breaking news, we're going to lose more football matches.
We've come a long way in 16 games. Let's keep the balance. Let's keep the focus.
We've got to learn to break teams down. We've got to learn that teams are coming to defend against us. What a great problem to have. Teams came here last year and thought: how many can we score?
We're in a great place. We're moving forward. And we'll continue with that.
No-one's harder on Greenie than he is himself. He's a massive part of what we do. The year we got promoted, he didn't really start scoring until Christmas. He will start scoring, we all know he will. It might take a bit of time. Strikers all round the country go through these patches. Greenie will come good, we know he will.
One of our biggest strengths this season is our bouncebackability and I expect that again."
Visiting teams' approach to games is sign of Stags' progress - Murray
mansfieldtown.net, 2nd November 2015
The way in which visiting teams are beginning to set up when playing the Stags at One Call Stadium is a respectful sign of the progress made at home in recent months, boss Adam Murray said today.
The Stags suffered only a second home defeat at One Call Stadium this season against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, and Murray thinks the Chairboys’ approach to the game was a reflection of his side’s progress.
Speaking at this morning’s news conference, he said: “I think we were below our standards but we still played well, it was one of those games where on another day we could’ve had four or five goals. Wycombe defended really well, their keeper’s pulled off a string of great saves.
“It’s disappointing to lose but it’s a sign of our progression. For me, it’s a progressive season - let’s be honest, over the that last couple of years people have come here and thought ‘how many can we score against Mansfield?’. You listen to his (Gareth Ainsworth) press after the game and he’s worked all week on our forwards and our full-backs attacking so that’s a sign of respect and something that we haven’t had here for a while.
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“It’s a credit to how far we’ve come so quickly. We’re way ahead of schedule and facing challenges now that we expected to face months down the line.
“The same team, the same formation, the same tactics put four past Crawley, put four past Dagenham, put three past Newport - we score goals. We’re going to go through spells when the chances don’t go in, if we weren’t creating chances we’d have a problem. We dominate large parts of every game we’ve been involved in, so let’s have a bit of perspective.
“We’re a very good team, we don’t lose very often and what happens with that is expectation goes up - the great thing about this place at the moment, and let’s hope it doesn’t change, is that there’s a superb realism. We all want to win every game, we’ve come a long way in 16 games so let’s keep the balance, let’s keep the focus.”
Despite the rare loss at the weekend, the boss has been encouraged by the reaction of his players.
“There’s a couple of bruised egos [from the weekend] which I always like. One of the big things I’m wary about at Mansfield Town is keeping the focus of everybody - we have this ability to go from ridiculous highs to ridiculous lows - the fans, the players, the board need to keep a balanced focus of where we are."
Stags' preparations are underway for their Emirates FA Cup first round tie against David Dunn’s Oldham Athletic at One Call Stadium on Saturday, and Murray believes the contest may come at an appropriate time for his players.
“It’s a great challenge, it’s probably come at the right time as well. Maybe it’s a time to refocus, reassess the areas we can get better at, reassess the things we’re doing well at. The FA Cup is something we want to do well in this year. We do need to approach games in different ways because we’re coming up against new challenges. They’re coming to us earlier than we expected but that’s brilliant because it means we’re ahead of schedule.
“They’re a team in transition, a team I believe will go forward under Dunny (David Dunn). We were in a couple of the same England squads, he’s a good guy and good player, he’ll have his team prepared and they’ll come here to play football.”
You can watch Adam Murray's news conference, in full, on Stags Player.
Stags boss Adam Murray backs striker Matt Green to rediscover scoring touch
Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray has backed Matt Green to rediscover his scoring touch.
Stags striker Green is without a goal in his last five games - since the start of October - and has found the back of the net just once from eight at the One Call Stadium.
The 28-year-old has four to his name from 15 starts in League Two so far this season, following his summer return to the club from Championship side Birmingham City.
An avalanche of goals in his first spell at Mansfield in the Blue Square Premier - 54 in 87 over two seasons - helped the club secure promotion back to the Football League in 2013.
And Murray is confident Green, fighting fit again after a lengthy lay off with a knee injury which spelled the end of his time at St Andrews, will be back amongst the goals soon.
He said: “No-one is going to be as hard on Greeny than himself. The view from me and the boys in the camp is that he’s a massive part of what we do. The year we got promoted he didn’t start scoring until Christmas.
“People will say ‘he’s not scoring’ but imagine what it’ll be like when he does start scoring, and he will. It might take a little bit of time.
“Strikers go through these patches. It won’t just be Matt Green.
“There are strikers all around the country that go through these patches. Greeny will come good, we know that and at the minute we’re sixth in the table and we haven’t got our marquee striker scoring goals.
“Good luck to teams when he does.”
Green and Mansfield drew a blank last Saturday in a 2-0 defeat at home to Wycombe Wanderers despite fashioning more than twice as many chances as their opponents.
“Goals have dried up in the last few games but we’ve been away for two of them,” said Murray. “Let’s not get carried away. We can’t be expected to go away to Yeovil and Portsmouth and put four away, it’s not going to happen.
“You go away from home and you try to be solid and play on the break or sneak a goal, or two, and defend. The same team, the same tactics put four past Crawley, four past Dagenham and three past Newport.
“We’ve scored goals. Sometimes you go through spells when they don’t go in. We’re still creating those chances if we weren’t we’d have a problem but we are creating plenty of chances.
“We dominate large parts of the game with the ball so let’s have a little perspective of where we’ve come from.
“I refuse to let this football club have a head loss every time we lose a game because I’ve got some breaking news for you - we’re going to lose more football matches.
“I’ll keep a level head because I know we’ve got a good team. We don’t lose very often and what happens with that is that expectations go up. The great thing about this place at the minute is that it’s got a superb realism.”
Stags face League One side Oldham Athletic in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday in what Murray sees as a “great challenge” for his side in a competition he wants to do well in.
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