MURRAY, DIESERUVWE AND MARTIN ALLEN REACTION
Boss wants Stags to remain unbeaten
mansfieldtown.net, 23rd April 2016
Stags’ manager Adam Murray has reiterated his wish for his side to remain undefeated throughout the remainder of the campaign following the 1-1 draw with Barnet this afternoon.
Striker Mani Dieseruvwe scored his first goal for the club to cancel out John Akinde’s opener for the Bees during a hard-fought draw at One Call Stadium.
And although other results mathematically ended the Stags’ play-off hopes, the manager still aims to finish the season strongly after his side’s fourth game without defeat.
“Overall, we haven’t been beat. [It’s] frustrating because I felt we did enough to win it but you look elsewhere in the league and the teams that we probably needed to slip up have won,” Murray said.
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“The players have done great and it’s not over yet - we’ve got six points to play for so if we don’t finish seventh, we want to finish eighth and that’s our aim from now.
“We want to finish the season on a high, we want to finish the season unbeaten and that’s our aim.”
After the Stags fell behind to John Akinde’s header after six minutes this afternoon, loanee Mani Dieseruvwe produced a lovely finish to score his first goal since joining on loan from Chesterfield, and the gaffer praised the forward, as well as midfielder Adam Chapman, who was awarded the sponsors’ Man-of-the-Match.
“[It was] a great finish by Mani. I thought he played well. He’s a young lad [with] lots of potential and lots to learn, but it was a great finish.
“I’m over the moon for Chappy (Adam Chapman). He’s done that now for the last four games and for the fans to give him the recognition of that [was pleasing].
“I’m proud of the fans to be honest because sometimes it’s tough to 'bite the bullet' when you’ve been giving someone ‘stick’. So fair play to them, they all shouted his name when he was coming off.”
Speaking post-match, Barnet boss Martin Allen said our boss is ‘one of the brightest managers about with a bright future in the game’, and Murray was touched by the former Notts County man’s comments.
“Coming from someone who’s hit milestone after milestone in his career as a manager, that’s given me shivers down my spine to be honest with you. That’s a lovely comment. I said before the game yesterday that he’s someone that I watch even when we’re not playing them because of his charisma.
“I know a lot of people that have worked under him, a lot of people who are close to me, and every one of them speaks highly of him - of not just his managerial skills but his people skills as well, so to get that comment from someone like him is superb.”
With the Sky Bet League 2 play-off positions now out of reach for Murray’s men, the boss reflected on what has caused the Stags to fall just short this season.
“I think the month killed us, of March, that killed us. I think all we needed from that was probably a win to keep the flame alive and a couple of wins would’ve been great and we should’ve got them.
“I think personally, as a manger, I chased the results too much in that month. We should’ve stuck to the process, like I keep saying, and that’s my learning curve. And I think as players, our decision-making at times has let us down.”
Supporters can view Adam Murray’s post-match interview on Stags Player HD.
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Adam Murray: Ryan Tafazolli offered new Mansfield Town contract
Defender Ryan Tafazolli's career prospects will be best served by extending his stay with Mansfield Town, says Stags boss Adam Murray.
Tafazolli is contracted until the summer and has been offered what Murray said is "a very good deal" to remain.
The 24-year-old has played 107 league games for Mansfield since 2012.
Asked if Tafazolli is capable of playing at a higher level than League Two, Murray said: "He will make a bigger step if he stays with us."
Talking to BBC Radio Nottingham, Murray added: "He's still a baby at 24, he still needs 18 months with this team and under this guidance."
Play-offs gone but let’s finish eighth, says Stags boss Adam Murray
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas, Saturday 23 April 2016
As Mansfield Town’s faint play-off hopes died with today’s 1-1 home draw with Barnet, boss Adam Murray challenged his side to end the season unbeaten and finish eighth.
A jaded performance against the Bees saw loanee Mani Dieseruvwe net his first goal for the club and the Stags waste a succession of other chances as Barnet took home a deserved point.
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With AFC Wimbledon winning, it meant the seventh and final spot for the play-offs was finally beyond his side with two games to play, but Murray said: “We have six points to play for and if we can’t finish seventh I want to finish eighth. That’s our aim now.
“The month of March killed us. All we needed from that was probably a win to keep the flame alive. A couple of wins would have been great, and we should have got them.
“As a manager I chased the results too much. We should have stuck to the process and that’s my learning curve.
“Players’ decision-making has let us down in both boxes at times which had probably cost us a play-off place.
“It was a massive learning curve to throw 14/15 new players into a hat and shake it up and ask them to do what I want in my first full season as a manager.
“The players have done great and I am proud of every single one of them.”
On today’s game he said: “We started slow. We started like we’d had a tough couple of weeks. We looked a little bit sluggish.
“It was a poor goal (to concede). We knew exactly what was coming and we didn’t deal with it.
“We had a bit of a barney at half-time as that was probably an error we were making four months ago.
“I think it was more tired minds today than bad technical ability or tactical play. It was a frustrating game as we had more than enough chances to win it.
“Some of the chances we had we have to score. If we are being really honest with ourselves, that’s probably been the missing thing all season.
“We need to be better next season and we will deal with that in the summer.”
He added: “It was a funny game. They put us under a lot of pressure. (John) Akinde is like eight handfuls, not one. “We knew if we got in a wrestling match we’d lose a couple of times we made bad decisions and did get into a wrestling match.
“Overall, we’ve not got beaten and I thought we did enough to win it.
“But you look elsewhere in the league and the teams we needed to slip up have won. We now want to finish the season unbeaten and on a high.
“It took us 20 minutes to get going, then it was a great finish by Mani. But we didn’t have that sharp cutting edge we’ve had in recent weeks. We had scored 10 goals in three games for a reason before today.
“Today we looked like the last couple of weeks had caught up with us.
“I though Mani played well. He is a young lad with lots of potential and lots to learn. It was a great finish and a great bit of skill.”
Man of the match went to Adam Chapman, a target of the boo boys at home this season, and Murray said: “I am over the moon for Chappie.
“He’s done that for the last four games now and the fans gave him recognition for that.
“I am proud of the fans to be honest as it’s sometimes tough to bite the bullet when you’ve been giving someone stick.
“Fair play to them, they all shouted his name when he was coming off.”
Murray is a big fan of Barnet and their boss Martin Allen, who also had nice words on Murray’s achievements which delighted the Stags manager.
He said: “I like them. I am a big fan of the manager and a big fan of the way they do things. They are in your face and make it hard to defend.
“They’ve had a great season and fair play to them.”
On Allen’s comments that Murray is a bright young manager to watch in the future,” he added: “Coming from someone that has hit milestone after milestone in his career as a manager that gives me shivers down my spine. That’s a lovely comment.
“He is someone I watch, even when we are not playing them. He has charisma.
“I know a lot of people who have worked under him and every one of them speaks highly of him - not just his managerial skills, but his people skills as well. So to get that comment is super.”
Loanee pleased as hard work starts to pay off
mansfieldtown.net, 23rd April 2016
Goalscorer Emmanuel Dieseruvwe was pleased that his attacking endeavours finally paid off in the 1-1 draw with Barnet at One Call Stadium this afternoon.
The Chesterfield loanee bagged his first league goal of the campaign on the half-hour mark after Bees’ forward John Akinde had earlier put the visitors into the lead.
And ‘Mani’ was relieved to get on the scoresheet in the contest after not scoring on previous outings since he joined the club in mid-March.
“I’m very pleased, as you could tell with the celebration - it’s been coming, I’ve just been trying to work hard in every game. Luckily today, the ball just bounced for me in the box and I managed to just put it away.
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“I’ve been looking for that elusive first league goal for a while now, for the whole of this season. It meant a lot for me to finally get off the mark for the season, for Mansfield as well.
“I think it was my first real shot for the club and thankfully it went in as well. It was always going in once it left my foot!”
The 21-year-old also praised the Stags for getting a well-earned point, considering the style that Martin Allen’s Barnet used to combat the hosts.
“The boys put in everything. It was a difficult game, they came here to slow the game down and try and get their long throws involved in the game. That was their main threat, and getting the ball forward to (John) Akinde.
“We really put effort in as well, we tried to get the ball forward as quickly as possible; get onto second balls and stuff, to try and create a tempo and an atmosphere - unfortunately we just couldn’t get the win.”
Dieseruvwe says he’s aiming for ‘at least two more goals’ in the remainder of the campaign, and paid boss Adam Murray a compliment for believing in the attacker’s ability.
“I think I’ve done okay [since I came], I’ve tried to work as hard as I can. The gaffer’s given me a lot of faith which I’m happy with and I just want to repay him and score as many goals as I can.
“There’s only a couple of games left now, I’ve enjoyed my time here and I think I’ve given 100 percent for the team.”
Supporters can view Mani Dieseruvwe’s post-match interview on Stags Player HD.
Stags loanee Dieseruvwe celebrates first League goal
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas, Saturday 23 April 2016
Despite the disappointment of not making the play-offs, one Mansfield Town player had plenty to celebrate last night after Chesterfield loanee striker Mani Dieseruvwe scored his first ever League goal in the 1-1 draw with Barnet.
Diesweruvwe struck on the half-hour with an unstoppable finish from 12 yards and said: “I was very pleased to get off the mark as you could tell by the celebration.
“It’s been coming. I’ve just been trying to work hard in every game, and some of them have been scrappy. Luckily today the ball just bounced for me in the box and I managed to put it away.
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“It meant a lot. I’ve been looking for that elusive first League goal for a while now, the whole of this season.
“There was nowhere else it was going to end once I got that chance. It was my first real shot for the club and thankfully it went in.”
Stags needed to make it four wins on the bounce to keep their play-off hopes alive but failed to put away a physical Barnet side, who wasted time as often as possible and also looked dangerous going forward.
“The boys put in everything,” he continued. “It was a difficult game. They came here to slow the game down and try to get their long throws involved. That was their main threat to be fair.
“We tried to get the ball forward as quick as possible and get onto second balls. We wanted to create a tempo and atmosphere. Unfortunately we just couldn’t get the win.”
An uncertain future now awaits the 21-year-old with his contract at Chesterfield up this summer. But he has enjoyed his loan spell with Stags.
“I think I’ve done okay,” he said. “I have tried to work as hard as I can and the gaffer has given me a lot of faith which I am very happy with and just want to repay them and score as many goals as I can. I’d like at least two more if possible.
“There’s only a couple more games left now, but I’ve enjoyed my time here and I have put in 100 per cent for the team.”
Bosses Murray and Allen form mutual fan club after game
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas, Saturday 23 April 2016
Stags boss Adam Murray and experienced Barnet boss Martin Allen struck up a mutual fan club after yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Allen tipping Murray as a bright new light.
Allen said: “Their manager has done a fantastic job, recruiting and putting together a really good team.
“He is a young manager who deserves a lot of credit.
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“I think he is certainly one to look out for in the future for what he has done here.”
Murray said afterwards he has a lot of respect for Allen and to hear someone who has achieved so many managerial milestones say that sent shivers down his spine.
On the game, the charismatic Allen said: “They have just beaten Exeter away and won their last game here, a local derby, 5-0. There was big crowd here, full of energy and enthusiasm.
“I tried to get that across to our players that this was going to be a tough game. We acquitted ourselves very well.
“We looked dangerous going forward. We could have had a bit more care and quality in the final third.
“We were the team probably in the ascendancy in the second half.
“But we were just playing for fun. We can’t go up and we can’t go down.
“For the Mansfield, players, staff and supporters this was a big game and they had to beat us. That brings an added pressure and difficulty.
“The supporters perhaps expected to beat little Barnet and we ain’t little Barnet, we are a decent team who have had good form for a few months.”
Martin Allen: “We’re a decent little team!”
barnetfc.com, 23rd April 2016
The Bees’ manager discusses this afternoon’s 1-1 draw at Field Mill.
Martin Allen was impressed with his team’s performance against Mansfield Town, but believes that pressure on the Stags made things more difficult for Barnet’s opponents.
Speaking after the match, Martin said:
“Mansfield have just beaten Exeter City 3-2 away, and they’ve just won a local derby against Notts County 5-0.
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“There was also a big crowd here today, that was full of energy and enthusiasm.
“I think that their manager has done a fantastic job with recruitment; putting together a really good team.
“He’s a young manager that deserves a lot of credit, and he’s certainly one to look out for in the future.
“I tried to get that across to all of our players - that this was going to be a tough, tough game.
“I thought that we acquitted ourselves very well, that we looked dangerous going forward, but that we could have had a bit of care and quality in the final third.
“In the second half I think that they had one shot, from a free kick that was 30 yards out - our goalkeeper made a ‘Gordon Banks type’ save.
“Apart from that, with the wind coming down the hill, I thought that we were probably the team in the ascendancy.
“But what I will say is that we’re just playing for fun at this time of year.
“We can’t go up and we can’t go down, but this was a really big game for the Mansfield players, staff and supporters.
“They had to beat us, which also brings an added pressure.
“It’s difficult for managers and players to deal with, and also the supporters as well.
“They were all expecting Mansfield to beat little Barnet!
“But we aren’t little Barnet, we’re a decent little team!
“We’ve had good form for a few months now; drawing at Accrington and at Exeter, beating all the big clubs and the big teams.
“So we’re pretty decent ourselves.
“We’ve got a good run of form going and an excellent squad of players who I really enjoy working with.
“We play Yeovil Town next week, and then we go away to Crawley.
“We’re trying to keep rotating the squad and giving everyone a game, but what I will say is that they’re making me very happy at the moment.
“I’m enjoying watching the team play and I’m enjoying working with them.
“Some of the senior players need to play at the moment - some of them are out of contract in the summer and some of them deserve the opportunity.
“I can’t kid myself - in a few weeks time I’ve got to make decisions on players.
“That’s stressful and very difficult for me, and means that these games are very important.
“All those players deserve the opportunity to play, but our younger ones were also involved this afternoon.
“Harry Taylor has come on for 25 minutes today and done really well.
“There were another couple of 18 year olds on the bench too - I’m running out of Haribos pretty quickly, because all the kids keep eating them!
“They’re experiencing what it’s like and they’re getting used to it.
“To be honest with you I’m getting them ready for August and giving them a taste of it.
“We’ve got another few good young lads, but some of the senior players who have done well deserve opportunities to play in the team.
“They’ve trained so hard and they’ve been so good to me.
“We’ll keep preparing the players as professionally as we can - as we have done for this match, and as we’ve done every game.
“Players that have done well in training will get opportunities, and the players that haven’t done so well won’t play.
“Tom Champion and Curtis Weston are out injured at the moment, but the lads that have come into the team have done great.
“I’ll never be happy though, and I never am happy!
“They’ve all got to keep doing better, and they’ve all got to keep doing more.
“I’m never going to just accept where we are, because we’ve all got to strive to improve what we do.
“That includes myself, the staff, and the players - whether it’s John Akinde or one of our 18 year olds.
“The demand is that they make themselves the best that they possibly can - week in, week out, day in, day out.
“I think that the day that you sit back, that you’re comfortable and happy with what you’re doing, is the day that you shouldn’t be doing this job.”
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