MURRAY, LAMBE AND KEITH CURLE REACTION
Murray delighted with Stags’ disciplined performance
mansfieldtown.net, 9th April 2016
Mansfield Town recorded their ninth away league win of the campaign for the first time since the 2003-04 season today and manager Adam Murray says his side stuck to a game plan ‘perfectly’.
A goal in either half from Colin Daniel and Reggie Lambe secured a 2-1 victory over Carlisle United on a beautiful day at Brunton Park, despite Tom Miller’s late consolation goal.
And boss Murray, who travelled to Cumbria to watch the Blues’ 1-0 victory over Hartlepool in midweek, says his side’s disciplined performance paid dividends.
Murray said: “We knew that we had to put a structure and a game plan in place that was disciplined, organised and we looked to catch them on the counter attack.
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“We wanted to suck them in and catch them on the break and it worked perfectly. I think [conceding] at the end, when you do have to stay disciplined and focussed for that long, it takes it out of you physically and mentally.
“The most pleasing thing for me is they stuck to the gameplan today. It wasn’t pretty at times, I don’t apologise for that - we came here to make it scrappy, we came here to make it horrible and we did just that."
The boss had praise for left-back Mal Benning, who started the game on the bench but replaced Colin Daniel in the first half after the goalscorer suffered a back injury.
“I haven’t spoken to him (Daniel) properly but I don’t know if it was a ‘whack’ or whether he’s landed on it funny but he couldn’t move so we put Mal on and we spoke about Mal having a tough time lately, but I thought he was absolutely superb, so well done Mal!”
After making two goal-line clearances at Brunton Park this afternoon, the manager also praised midfielder Adam Chapman, who he says was ‘unbelievable’ today.
“He’s one of these, sometimes he puts performances in that go unnoticed. Sometimes, because he’s a risk taker with his passing, because he’s got a great range on him, he’ll make two or three bad passes on the bounce and he’ll get 'hammered' for them.
“But the fans need to get behind Chappy, because he’s here next season. When he’s confident and he’s got people behind him, he’s one of our influential players. He showed today, he went through brick walls - he’s cleared two off the line, he’s put Greeny in three or four times and he’s a leader of men.”
Finally, Murray says his staff were ‘brilliant’ during today's game, with regards to the information they relayed to him whilst the match was ongoing.
“My mind was going 100 miles-per-hour and the staff were clear and concise with some of their information, I went with some of the information they gave me.
“I see why the youth team were top of the league now with some of the things Scott (Rickards) said, and people know that Karl’s (Hawley) been in all week - he’s probably been a little bit more than just the forward coach - he’s been working a lot on our attacking play as a team and because the lads have got so much respect for him for what he’s done, he’s been a massive voice in the changing room this week.”
Murray delighted by hard-working win
Adam Murray was full of praise for his Mansfield Town players after they secured their first win in eight games at Carlisle United on Saturday.
Goals from Junior Daniel and Reggie Lambe did the damage in Cumbria to give the Stags’ play-offs hopes a flicker of hope with six games still to play.
And while Murray admitted it wasn’t pretty, the three points were all that mattered.
He said: “Our discipline was excellent today. The confidence levels were low given the run we’ve been on but we stuck to our game plan and did well to focus.
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“It wasn’t pretty at times and I make no apology for that. We came here to make it scrappy and horrible - we needed what you might call a ‘horrible’ three points.
“We’ve conceded a lot of late goals recently but full credit to the lads - to come through a spell like that and get the win is fantastic.”
Let’s finish on a high, says Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray
Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray wants to finish the season on a high after his side ended a run of seven games without a win on Saturday.
Murray was pleased with the discipline showed by his Stags players in the 2-1 victory at Carlisle United, secured by goals from Colin Daniel and Reggie Lambe.
The win at Brunton Park moved Mansfield to within six points of seventh-placed AFC Wimbledon and kept the Stags’ hopes of a League Two play-off finish alive.
Near neighbours Notts County visit the One Call Stadium this coming Saturday, with five games remaining.
Murray said: “We knew we were coming to a side that play good football. We were coming to a team that were on a high and a point from the play-offs before the game. We’re coming into it on the back of a little bit of a dip in form, we didn’t have a lot of confidence going into it, so we knew it would be hard for the players to be confident and take responsibility.
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“We knew we had to put a structure and a game plan in place that was disciplined and organised. We looked to catch them on the counter-attack. We wanted to suck them in and catch them on the break.
“It worked perfectly. I think when you do have to be disciplined for that long it takes it out of you physically and mentally. I think they had seven up front at the end so we had to defend.
And added: “We’d got to the point where our performances are really good.
“We hadn’t had the luck of the draw and had some bad decisions, so we just needed a horrible win, however it came, we needed to get three points on the board for the lads more than anything.
“They know the performances have been good and sometimes when you’re playing well and you’re not getting the results you start to think ‘what do we need to do?’ So they needed the three points, however they came.
“The most pleasing thing for me was that they stuck to the game plan. It wasn’t pretty at times, I don’t apologise for that, we came here to make it scrappy, to make it horrible and we did just that.”
The victory at Carlisle was the Stags’ ninth away win of the season.
“We’ve had a lot of positives this season, we’ve put building blocks together for us to move on in a good direction,” said Murray.
“We want to finish on a high. We’re all going to learn how to be better, we’re going to teach our players how to get better, I’m learning to be better.
“The future’s bright. Yes - we’ve got three points but the win is more than that because it’s been a tough time.”
Winger Lambe says Stags are learning
mansfieldtown.net, 9th April 2016
Goalscorer Reggie Lambe praised the Stags for learning their lessons from previous weeks in their 2-1 victory over Carlisle United at Brunton Park today.
The Bermudian struck in the 62nd-minute after Colin Daniel had earlier put Mansfield in the lead, before Tom Miller grabbed a consolation for the hosts in second-half injury-time.
And Lambe lauded his team-mates for showing the grit and determination against the Cumbrian play-off chasers to come away with the win, while he also praised the away side for remaining more stubborn in defence.
“It’s a great effort from us, we pushed hard and we made sure we got the three points today. Coming back into the team and getting a goal after being on international duty; that’s great for me and for the team.
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“We stuck to the game plan very well and [I give] praise to everyone on the pitch to keep going for the 90 minutes and even when the subs came on, I think they did brilliantly as well.
“I think us trying to defend properly, staying on our feet and not giving away silly fouls [helped] - keeping the ball and attacking as a team as well; I think we did that very well today.”
Lambe has netted four goals in the 2015-16 campaign, and although he looks favourably on the one he scored at Huish Park against Yeovil earlier on in the season, he’s pleased with his strike against Carlisle.
“I had the best feeling [against Yeovil] - scoring so late and winning the game one-nil, I think that was very important for us. But today, being that it’s right now and in the moment, I’d have to say right now it’s the best goal.”
The 25-year-old was making his first start after returning from international duty for Bermuda and was relieved to get back onto the pitch, whilst he is looking forward to next week’s clash with foes Notts County at One Call Stadium.
“Getting away and clearing my head brought me back with loads of confidence and I’m ready to keep going until the end of the season and hopefully I get a few more starts before then.
“We’re going to go into training this week and we’re going to make sure we get a victory against our local rivals. We build it up very much, we want to be ‘on top of’ Notts County and get a win because they’re so close and they’re our rivals. We’re going to go into the game and know it’s a dogfight.”
Reggie Lambe: ‘It’s going to be a dog fight’
Mansfield Town are ready for a ‘dog fight’ against rivals Notts County, says Reggie Lambe.
The Stags man scored in the 2-1 win over Carlisle United on Saturday on his return to the starting line-up following time away with international side Bermuda.
Lamb praised the team’s performance at Brunton Park and said his own experience with Bermuda was a worthwhile trip.
“It’s a great effort from us. We pushed hard and made sure we got the three points,” he said.
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“Coming back into the team and getting a goal after coming back from international duty was great for me and the team.
“Getting away and clearing my head brought me back with loads of confidence and I’m ready to keep going until the end of the season.
“Hopefully I get a few more starts before then.
“It was a very worthwhile trip. I scored for Bermuda as well so I’m trying to keep going until the end of the season.”
Next up for Mansfield is near neighbours Notts County at the One Call Stadium.
The win at play-off chasing Carlisle ended a run of seven games without one for the Stags who sit six points off the top seven with five games remaining.
The Magpies go into the derby with renewed optimism following the appointment of Mark Cooper as manager and back-to-back 1-0 wins at home over Stevenage on Saturday and Hartlepool on Tuesday night.
And before that claimed a point at top of the table Northampton Town.
Lambe added: “We’re in training this week and we’re just going to make sure we get a victory against our local rivals.
“I think we build it up very much. We want to get on top of Notts County and get a win because they’re so close and they are our rivals, so we’re going to go in to the game and just know it’s a dog fight.”
MANAGER: We're still in there
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Manager Keith Curle gave us his reaction to the Mansfield home defeat on Saturday afternoon.
“I think in reality we created enough goalmouth action to have put the ball in the net more times than we did,” he said. “There’s a level of frustration from myself that we got the ball into good areas without using it properly.
“At times we needed more quality and we needed to move and anticipate things better. Sometimes, believe it or not, there can be a little bit of pressure and nerves that creep in. The pleasing thing is we are seeing a group which is desperate to do well.
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“That can cause nervousness and players start to worry about doing the wrong things. You need to try to unlock that and get them to feel comfortable in expressing themselves in the final third. The fact is we had enough chances to have put the ball in the back of the net.”
“We had over 20 shots but not enough of them were on target,” he added. “We need to tighten that up, but overall we're still two points off the play-offs with five games to play. If we'd scored early rather than with 40 seconds left we’d have had a chance.
“You can over analyse it sometimes and at the end of the day the players are giving everything. Mansfield quietened the crowd and got them edgy. Then they got a goal to defend as well. We kept trying to get the ball in wide areas and deliver but we need to have a little bit more quality and belief.”
“What we have to consider is the players are only human,” he continued. “Everything they do through the week is geared towards winning on a Saturday. What we want is to achieve an end goal of being able to compete in the play-offs at the first attempt this season.
“If we’re able to do that then a lot of credit will have to go to the players and the staff who created a level of consistency in the environment we are trying to create which has given us the opportunity to do this.
“There are a lot of plus points to come out of this season so far and we have to remember that. Yes, there is also frustration because I want to score goals and I want to win games comfortably. We’re going into nervy times because we want success but I also remember we had nervy times last season when we were at the wrong end of the table.
“All I can ask is that we don’t get off the bus because we’re still there. Our mindset would obviously be different if we’d won and we were sat in the play-off places. That wouldn’t have changed things going down to Cambridge next week because we still have to go there and win.”
“There will be twists and turns for most teams between now and the end of the season and the players have got to handle the pressure,” he commented. “That’s the only way to be successful. There are five games left and the question we pose to the group is to ask if they can get us five wins.
“We’re at the business end of the season and the fact is you have to get results. We ended with seven attack minded players on the pitch and a centre back playing up front. We tried everything we could to get the run of the ball but it didn’t quite work out for us.
“That doesn’t mean we have to now dismantle all the good work we’ve been doing. The biggest disappointment was some of the use of the ball at the near post wasn’t what we needed. We had four or five which the keeper dived out and got hold of and that’s when you need one of your centre forwards to make the unselfish run to make it harder for the keeper to do that.
“We’d knocked on the back door, we’d knocked on the front door, we tried the side door and then we tried to get in through the window. We put Michael Raynes up there and that was the last throw of the dice for us.”
Looking ahead to the run-in, he said: “My job is to pick the 18 who, in my opinion, will get us the result. It's still alive and there are still things to look forward to.
“There were players out there giving everything for the football club and the supporters, as well as for themselves. My teams won't go away saying they haven't competed and there won't be a lack of effort because that is a minimum requirement. They give us everything they've got. They might come up short technically but I can accept that.
“The players will always get honesty from me. What I've said to them is that we're two points off where we want to get to. They're frustrated because they know we've put enough balls into the box and we were slightly reactive to some of the knocks downs rather than gambling. As I say, we’ll work on that and we’ll look at how we will get the points next Saturday.”
Carlisle Utd boss asks fans not to give up on play-off push
Keith Curle has called on Carlisle United's fans to stick with his team as they try to cope with the "pressure" of the play-off race.
The manager made the appeal ahead of the Blues' remaining five games.
United are aiming to recover from another blow to their top-seven chances after Saturday's home defeat to Mansfield.
It left Carlisle two points outside the play-off places.
Curle said the weight of expectation may have played a part in United's failure to break down Mansfield, who won their first game in eight.
United's boss said: "The players are frustrated.
"They know they put lots of good balls into the box, but with our anticipation on some of the knock-downs, we were slightly reactive.
"We didn’t gamble, we weren't on the move in and around the 18-yard box where you need to get a strike on goal.
"Sometimes that can come out of nerves, pressure, players being desperate to do the right thing.
"Sometimes that can cost you that natural instinct, that half a yard, through not wanting to do the wrong thing.
"It's a pressure situation for these players. They are desperate to do well for this football club.
"Can we ease the pressure off them? You can by saying you're mid table and have got no chance, so relax and enjoy yourselves.
"But no - we're in a pressure situation where, as a collective, everybody associated with the football club has to bear with us, stick with us and back us."
Tom Miller's late consolation came after Colin Daniel and Reggie Lambe had struck for Adam Murray's visitors.
Victory would have put Carlisle seventh, but Wimbledon moved ahead of the pack and into the last play-off place with a late winner at Plymouth.
Curle admitted United were not productive enough around the Mansfield box.
He told the News & Star: "If you get 20+ shots, and only have six on target, it means some of the ratio of getting in and around where want to be is good, but the final product we need to improve on.
"At the end of the day the players have given all they can, and in the final third we just came up a little bit short.
"If we'd got the first goal it could have been a different game completely.
"You can over-analyse it sometimes. I said to the players that we're two points off where we want to be and are trying to get to." Curle also explained his decision to send defender Michael Raynes up front for the closing stages.
He said: "It was just trying to change anything and everything to get something out of the game.
"The longer it goes on and you're knocking at the door, you have to try the back door, the side door, climb through the window if necessary."
Curle also said Mansfield's time-wasting tactics "did my head in" but added: "Some people would call that professionalism, game management.
"As an opposing manager, it's very annoying but would I encourage my team to do it away from home? You'd like to think the players are learning how to see games out."
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