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27th November 2015 17:40

Boss sees Exeter loss as 'learning curve'
mansfieldtown.net 24th November 2015
by Will Ward

Adam Murray firmly believes this evening’s 2-0 defeat to Exeter City will prove a ‘learning curve’ for him in the weeks and months ahead.

The Stags succumbed to two first-half goals from Joel Grant and Lee Holmes at One Call Stadium this evening and couldn’t produce the same level of performance as they did in Saturday’s victory over Hartlepool United.

Murray pulled no punches in his assessment of the display and was disappointed to see such an uncharacteristic performance from his players.

Speaking post-match, he said: “I want answers for that, it’s not what I put together. It’s a learning curve for me - we started with quite a lot of young kids today. It’s tough for the young kids, and at times we looked like we were young in our thinking.”

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/murray-post-exeter-2817665.aspx#wjJDuwbpGuEHB7M7.99

“[It was] probably the worst performance, especially the first half, that I’ve had in my year in charge.

“When you play against Exeter they’re always a tough team, they change the formation often, they don’t play with fixed positions, they play a lot centrally and not with overloads and we got done with that," Murray continued.

“The thing that disappointed me tonight was that it looked like hard work, playing football looked like a chore and it’s been a pleasure to watch the team this season, until tonight - tonight wasn’t good.”

With Mansfield travelling south to face Barnet at the weekend in the hope of bouncing back, Murray is keen for the side to revert back to what he’s built to get maximum points.

“[The players are] pretty silent at the minute to be honest. We’ll be in tomorrow morning, we’ll pick it (the game) to bits because I’m not accepting that. If we’re going to lose a game of football we’ll lose it in the right way, not by huffing and puffing, not by it becoming individuals, not by people throwing their arms everywhere - that’s not what I’ve built and it won’t be tolerated."

Despite being disappointed with the way his team performed, manager Murray showed class in defeat to compliment Exeter City and the way they created gaps to exploit.

“I felt if we’d moved the ball like we have done in 95% of the games, we would’ve caused them problems. Credit to Exeter, their movement and rotation in the front four was excellent.

“We have a way of playing here, and that’s not it. You look at the performances on Saturday, you look at the performances before that - even if we weren’t picking up results, we performed better than that.
They’ve had two shots in the first half, and scored two - we can’t defend like that.”

You can watch Murray’s post-match interview on Stags Player.


Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray condemns worst display since he took charge in Exeter defeat
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

Adam Murray condemned tonight’s performance in the 2-0 home defeat by Exeter City as the worst since he took charge just over a year ago.

Stags marked his one year anniversary on Saturday with a 3-1 win over Hartlepool, but looked way off the pace tonight as Exeter coasted home in second gear and Stags went a sixth game in seven without scoring.

“That was probably the worst performance, especially first half, that I’ve had in the year in charge, said Murray.

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“We didn’t get started, we looked naïve and it looked a chore to play football tonight.

“It looked like we turned up and just thought the result was going to come tonight.

“I think we thought Exeter were going to roll over for us and I am a little bit embarrassed as it was not a team we’ve become used to seeing. I didn’t know we could do that to be honest so disappointed is putting it mildly.

“Exeter are always a tough team to play against. They change their formation often. They don’t play with fixed positions, they play a lot centrally and create a lot of overloads and we got done with those overloads.”

Murray changed tact at the break, making two changes and going 4-4-2.

“We were getting picked off at certain points so we had to make the middle of the pitch more solid as we were getting played through,” he said..

“When we did that we got a little bit more control of the ball but didn’t do enough with it.

“But Tonight we didn’t want to cross a ball, didn’t want to shoot, we didn’t want to put the ball into areas that would hurt them. From set plays we never looked like we were going to score - and that was one area I thought we were going to get at them today.

“If we’d moved the ball like we have done for 95 per cent of games, we’d have caused them problems.

“Credit to Exeter their movement and rotation in the front four was superb.”

Murray declined to shout and bawl at the players tonight but will hold an inquest with them tomorrow.

“I want answers for that as that’s not what I’ve put together,” he said.

“At times today, and it’s probably a learning curve for me, we started with quite a few of the young kids today and we looked naïve at times. Then when things are not going your way, it’s tough for the young kids as they need support and obviously they don’t get it here.

“It’s been a pleasure to watch this team up until tonight.

“We will be in tomorrow and we will pick it to bits as I am not accepting that. If we are going to lose a game of football we will lose it in the right way.

“It’s on their toes. We have a way of playing here and that’s not it.

“Even when we weren’t picking up the results we’ve performed better than that.

“I think they had two shots first half and they’ve scored two. We can’t defend like that. And when you’ve got to be a little bit brave as things are not going your way, I don’t think we were tonight.

“First half I have to give credit to Exeter as they have picked us apart.”


Adam Murray: Mansfield Town boss criticises Stags hunger

Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray has criticised his side's hunger following their 2-0 home defeat by Exeter City.

Tuesday's defeat saw the Stags slip out of the League Two play-off places for the first time since September.

Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham: "It lacked everything that we stand for and what we've built our good period on.

"We didn't show any enthusiasm, any fight, any willingness or bravery to get on the football. We looked dead in the water."

The Stags have slipped to eighth and are a point behind seventh-placed Carlisle United.


Tis: A Practical Performance
exetercityfc.co.uk, by Oliver Roderick

Grecians boss reacts to Mansfield win

EXETER CITY manager Paul Tisdale lauded a practical performance from his players following last night's 2-0 win at Mansfield Town.

Goals from Joel Grant and Lee Holmes helped City on their way, but it was a strong defensive performance that ensured that the Grecians held on to their clean sheet.

"I'm delighted to get the three points, which were what we set out to achieve," Paul said. "It was a little bit scruffy in parts; I don't think it was the best that we've played, but we crafted two really good goals. There wasn't a lot of great football in the game, but both of those goals came from very nice passing moves, and were nicely finished. Once you go two goals up, it's about being practical with your play, and we were. We defended pretty well, and 2-0 away from home is always a nice result.

Read more at http://www.exetercityfc.co.uk/news/article/tis-a-practical-performance-2819109.aspx#8spiXZ1pwjC1guoj.99

"Christian Ribeiro was one of the standout players; he played his position really well. The way that Mansfield played was inevitable - when you're two goals down at home, you have to try and do something. I have to say that I think Mansfield are playing some good football. I wouldn't say that they did themselves short in that aspect, but after we put another defender on, it became defence versus attack for the last fifteen minutes. Mansfield are having a very good season, and we're very pleased to have got a win here.

"My synopsis of the first half was that we were reasonably comfortable. When there was the odd set-piece into the box, we might have worried that something might happen, but generally I was pleased with the first-half display, other than the fact that we didn't put enough passes together with real momentum. When we did, and it was only two or three times, we opened the opposition up. Both goals were very similar in their production, and both were finished very nicely.

"We need to be reasonable - the players did the job today. When you go away from home, it's a pretty nice package to have; a hard-working team, substitutes that came on and did their job and the team defended well throughout. All of the central defenders played their part, and all-round it was a very practical performance."


Exeter manager Paul Tisdale delighted with defending in win at Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale was delighted with his side’s defending in last night’s 2-0 victory at Mansfield Town.

The Grecians drew level on points with the Stags thanks to two first half goals, and then shut up shop to blank the home side with relative ease.

Read more: http://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/local-sport/exeter-manager-paul-tisdale-delighted-with-defending-in-win-at-mansfield-town-1-7589188#ixzz3sWtnUVuD

“They are having a very good season so we are very pleased to get a win here,” said Tisdale.

“I am delighted with three points. That’s what we set out to achieve and we got it.

“We were a little bit scruffy at times with our play and I don’t think it’s the best we’ve played.

“But we crafted two really good goals.

“There wasn’t a lot of really good football in the game, but both those goals came from really nice passing moves and were nicely finished.”

He added: “You get two goals up and it’s then about really practical with your play and we defended pretty well. 2-0 away from home is always a nice result to get.

“Christian Ribeiro was one of the stand-out players at the back and he played his position really well.

“It’s inevitable when you are 2-0 down at home you have to try to do something. I hare to say I think Mansfield are playing some good football, they didn’t do themselves short on that, but late in the game we put another defender on and it became defend the last 15-20 minutes I suppose, and we did it nicely.”



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