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17th December 2015 21:07

Murray pleased with a point against in-form O’s
mansfieldtown.net, 12th December 2015

Stags’ boss Adam Murray says his side fought well to earn a point after going behind to an early goal against Leyton Orient this afternoon.

Jay Simpson scored his 16th goal of the season to give the Londoners the lead before Reggie Lambe’s volleyed equaliser earned Stags a draw on a blustery afternoon at One Call Stadium.

In a game in which Murray felt his side gave the Orient frontline too much respect in the first 30 minutes, he was pleased with the way his players fought to get back into the game after he changed the shape to combat the visitors’ threat.

“We came out for the second half and changed our shape to 4-3-3 - it worked a lot better for us. It enabled us to ‘get out’, we created chances with it and I think, in the end, we were unlucky not to take all three points.

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“We changed the shape after half an hour because they were causing us problems and we looked a lot better. At times today we missed Clemmo (Chris Clements). We don’t have the same flow when Clem’s not in the team, especially at home.”

The gaffer believes his side were ‘a lot better’ in the second half - and also coped well with the deterioration of the pitch after the constant rain throughout the match.

“In the second half, Mitch (Rose) and Chappy (Adam Chapman) got hold of the game and Jammer (Jamie McGuire) did the screening job really well. I thought the two wide boys were superb and when Blairy (Matty Blair) came on, he created chances,” said Murray.

“We created chances, Pearcey (Krystian Pearce) hit the post - he knows he should score there.

"[But] as I say, [it was a match] where two teams were 'going for the game' and at times, because of the conditions, it was very open.”

Murray also had praise for referee Darren England after he allowed the game to go ahead after a pre-match pitch inspection.

“Fair play to the ref, because he made the call before the game. It was heavy but it was playable. As the game went on, in the second half it [the ball] wasn’t rolling much. I think the wind was up to 40 miles-per-hour today and that caused the problems because through balls were going too long and when you’re against it, the balls come back at you.”

Although the nature of the game made it hard for either side to take a real foothold in the game, Murray believes the point will be a big one upon reflection later in the season.

“That will be a massive point for us. When we look back at it in two or three months’ time, that’s a huge point because if you take points off people around you and you don’t get beat by people around you, it keeps you in the top seven.

“I’ve got a certain amount of wins that I believe we need to achieve, to get to where we need to be and we’ve got another 25 games to continue on that path.”

You can watch manager Adam Murray's post-match interview on Stags Player.


Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray pleased with fightback in awful conditions
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray hailed his side’s battling display as they earned a 1-1 home draw in dreadful conditions against play-off rivals Leyton Orient to stay in the top seven.

On a day when heavy rain and swirling wind ruined any hopes of football, Reggie Lambe wiped out Jay Simpson’s early strike and Murray said: “I think that was a massive point for us.

“When we look back in two or three months time, it will be a huge point as you take points off the sides around you, don’t get beaten by the teams around you, it keeps you in touch with that top seven.

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“ They had the better of the first half hour, and we probably edged the second half and had enough chances to win it.

“It was a scrappy game, not much football played, and we were killing ourselves first half trying to play across the back and the ball was getting stuck in the water and causing our own problems.

“Defensively we looked as if we were up against the top centre forward in the league and for the first 20 minutes we gave him way too much respect.

“We sat back and got dictated to which is not like us. After that I thought we were excellent in the second half. We came out, changed the shape and looked a lot better with 4-3-3. It let us get out and create chances and in the end we were unlucky not to get all three points.”

On the equaliser he said: “It was probably undeserved if I am totally honest, but we sometimes get these things go against us, so you earn these bits of luck.

“It was a good finish by Reg and we needed that to get us back in the game and settle our minds down a bit.

“Conditions played a massive part. They ruined the game and there wasn’t much football played. I think we dealt with that better second half than first.

“The ball wasn’t rolling properly. The referee decided before the game that the pitch was playable, but as the game went on, especially second half, it wasn’t. The wind was the biggest problem, I think it was 40mph today.”


Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"In the second half we were dominant. We had the better chances and hit the post and never really looked like conceding.
"But in the first 30 minutes we were all over the place. We conceded an early goal so coming back and drawing, we are probably happy.
"We probably should have gone on to win but overall it was good point. But the first 30 minutes we need to look at. The conditions were horrendous. It was a no-risk game."


Versatile Rose sees point as a positive result
mansfieldtown.net, 12th December 2015

Stags’ midfielder Mitch Rose says today’s 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient can be viewed as an encouraging result after coming from behind.

Reggie Lambe’s first-half volley cancelled out Jay Simpson’s 12th-minute header to ensure Stags picked up a point at One Call Stadium this afternoon, meaning Adam Murray’s men are now unbeaten in three of their last four Sky Bet League Two fixtures.

The former Rotherham man was pleased with the point against Orient and believes his side could’ve snatched the win, with Krystian Pearce coming close as he clipped the post with a header.

“It was a tremendous result for the team - it was one where you look later on in the season and it’s a positive result for us going forward against a team who have aspirations, like us, of being in League One next season. We’ve got to keep getting these results and keep pushing forward throughout the season.

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“Collectively as a team we were pushing each other until the 94th minute. Regardless of where I play, whether it’s right-back, right-midfield or central midfield, I’ll give my all for the team. It was a tough game because of the conditions but a massive result for us.

“I think we could’ve won, we’re a little bit disappointed not to take the three points today but we haven’t lost. We’ve got a point on the board so we’ve got to take the positives from the game.”

The Stags remain in seventh place, level on points with Bristol Rovers in eighth - and Rose believes the Stags have got to start picking up points against teams in the higher echelons of the division to progress up the league.

“It has been highlighted that we’ve been dominating [teams in the] the bottom half of the league and we have now got to start kicking on against the top competitors in the league.

“We’ve got to be patient, we’ve shown throughout the season that we’ve got the quality to compete and be better than the top teams, so it’s only a matter of time [before we beat the top teams].”

Rose’s versatility has been a useful ploy for Murray in the tough demands of League Two football, and the Stags’ number four says he doesn’t mind moving positions and knows he will improve by putting in the practice.

“Some games I’ve found myself being ineffective, but the manager’s praised me and said I’ve been really effective and done well. Each week I’ve got to keep getting better, keep practising and shape my game.

“I take a lot of gratitude from that, that he [Adam Murray] trusts me in a position that’s not naturally mine, he sees that I’m able to play there. I will always do my best.”


Mitch Rose happy with a point for Mansfield Town against Leyton Orient as Stags still search for win against leading rivals
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

Mitch Rose knows Stags have to start turning draws into wins against League Two’s leading sides, but was happy enough with a point in terrible conditions in yesterday’s 1-1 draw with play-off rivals Leyton Orient.

The game only went ahead after a pitch inspection and saw Stags come from behind to take a point, which means Mansfield still haven’t beaten a side in the top 15, yet still sit seventh.

“It has been highlighted and we know we have got to start picking up wins against the top sides,” he said.

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“But we have taken some good points from them and been the dominant performers against the top teams. So we know it will come. We have the class and quality to compete with them and the win is just a matter of time.”

Rose said the driving wind and rain were awful to play in.

“It wasn’t good. I can’t feel my hands and feet half an hour after the whistle,” he said.

“But it was a tremendous result for the team and we just need to keep pushing forwards.

“Collectively as a team we pushed each other today. It was a tough game with the conditions but a good result.

“I think we could have won it and we are maybe a little disappointed not to take all three points today.

“But we haven’t lost. It’s a point on the board and we have to take the positives from the game.”

A central midfielder, Rose has played at right back this season and yesterday wide on the right, but said: “Sometimes playing out there out of position I sometimes don’t feel I have added anything to the team; but the manager has praised my performances. His feedback is really positive for me.

“For me wherever I am on the pitch, to get a game in a very competitive squad. I am grateful for that. He trusts me in a position that isn’t natural for me.

“I will make the most of any position I play in and give 100 per cent.”


Leyton Orient manager Ian Hendon told BBC Radio London:

"Obviously with the conditions it was very difficult out there. We went a goal up and then conceded a sloppy goal.
"It's a difficult game, they're the home team, you expect them to come out and have a go which they did but I don't really think Alex Cisak has had too much to do.
"I'm not saying it was a good performance, it was a scrappy performance but the boys dug in in horrible conditions, and we come away from home and don't get beat."


Leyton Orient boss Ian Hendon frustrated as rivals Mansfield Town hit back for a point
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

Although frustrated with the manner of Mansfield Town’s equaliser in yesterday’s 1-1 draw, Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon was happy to take a point home in dreadful weather conditions.

Reggie Lambe squeezed home a 40th minute equaliser to wipe out Jay Simpson’s 12th minute opener and Hendon

said: “That was a point gained in very difficult conditions.

“We went a goal up but then conceded a sloppy goal. We didn’t defend a throw-in well enough and the ball has squirmed in the corner.

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“It was a difficult one to take but still a point gained.

“We said because of the conditions it was important to get the ball wide and into the area and for a forward to try to get a touch and that’s what Jay (Simpson) did.

“It was a great finish and a good ball in from Jobi (McAnuff).

“We expected Mansfield to have a go, which they did, but Alex (Cisak) hasn’t had too much to do. It was a scrappy game and the boys dug in in horrible conditions.

“There weren’t many clear-cut chances in the game at either end.

“We had a fantastic following today in terrible weather and I am disappointed we couldn’t get the win for them.”

Orient now have an FA Cup replay to focus on with a tie at Premier League giants Chelsea for the winners at stake.

“Now we can focus on the FA Cup replay at Scunthorpe,” he said. “That’s the next game. We had put it on the back-burner but now we can concentrate on it.

“There is a big prize but we have got to beat Scunthorpe first. Any celebrations can only come after the game (if we win it). We are not there yet.

“There is a great carrot there that is dangling and it is a great motivation for the players. We will go to Scunthorpe as underdogs, they are a League One team.”



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