MURRAY AND HESSENTHALER REACTION
Boss praises travelling supporters after final away game
mansfieldtown.net, 30th April 2016
Stags’ boss Adam Murray has praised the club’s fans for their ‘tremendous’ support after the final away fixture of the 2015-16 campaign.
Murray’s men were defeated 1-0 by Leyton Orient in East London this afternoon after former Stags’ striker Ollie Palmer climbed highest to head home Lloyd James’ second half free-kick during a game of few chances.
And although the Stags ended their away campaign with defeat, Adam Murray’s side have recorded ten away wins in the Football League for the first time since the 1991-92 season and the gaffer praised the travelling support who have been there every step of the way.
“The majority of our travelling fans, as usual, were tremendous and we thank them for their support all season,” Murray said.
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“They’ve come with us on the road and they’ve pulled a lot of the results out the bag with us on the road because we’ve had some good times and the amount of last minute goals we’ve scored on the road this season has been fantastic and I’m proud of the team for giving the travelling fans a lot to shout about this season.”
The manager said that although his side didn’t get the desired result this afternoon, they approached the game in the same manner as previous games in which they’ve emerged victorious from.
“We’ve been very organised and very disciplined and I said after the Exeter game, people accept it when you’ve won but when you haven’t won people don’t like hearing it, but this game of football, you don’t have to have the ball all the time.
“Against the better teams, you can control the game without the ball but then you have to make your chances count and today [in the] first 20 minutes we controlled the game really well but we’ve got to take our chances.
“When you play teams like this, you need to be organised in your approach, you cannot go gung-ho because they will 'pick you off'. For 60 minutes we controlled the game for large parts, the changes we made was to get a little bit more energy and an attacking threat up there."
It was a game of few clear-cut chances at the Matchroom Stadium and our 34-year-old gaffer says his side, at times, were ‘a yard off the pace’ in the final third.
“If we anticipate instead of react, you get a goal and that’s what we were lacking today, that anticipation in the 18-yard box.
“We’ve lacked it a lot all season and like I keep saying, that’s not just forward players, it comes from all around the pitch. When we get into that final third, you’ve got to be one step ahead of your opponent because they want to keep the ball out of the net as much as you want to put it in.”
With one game remaining of the current Sky Bet League 2 season, the manager wants his players to keep their focus to end their season on a high against Cambridge United at One Call Stadium next week.
“I have said to the players in the dressing room, it was six points to play for and now it is three points to play for and that should be all the motivation you need.
“The game is ruthless and a horrible business, whether it is the second game of the season or the second to last game of the season you still have to apply yourself with everything you have got.”
Supporters will be able to watch Adam Murray’s post-match interview on Stags Player HD later.
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Murray confirmed Mal Benning has signed a new contract, while Jack Thomas, Jamie McGuire and goalkeepers Scott Shearer and Brian Jensen are close.
"I haven't got a gun to my head in terms of 'you want me here so you have to give me this'," said Murray.
"That is not how it works - this is what you are offered, if you don't want it, then it is not a problem."
Murray says a number of players have been offered new contracts, including defender Ryan Tafazolli, who he insists has been offered "a very good deal" to remain.
"They haven't got that long to think because I'm planning for next season already," Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham. "I want the business done really soon. There are only a handful that are thinking about things."
Mansfield sit 13th in League Two after Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Leyton Orient, with one game to go in what has been Murray's first full season in charge.
"I love this team, I love every single one of those players in the dressing room," Murray said. "They have given me everything and I've given them everything this year.
"I built something here overnight that has had a half-decent season. If the worst-case scenario is that I have to do it again, then I'll do it again."
Stags boss Murray salutes away form, despite final defeat
Despite the disappointment of losing their final away game 1-0 at Leyton Orient on Saturday, Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray paid tribute to his side’s superb road form over the season.
The Stags chalked up 10 away wins, just one short of the club’s Football League record and Murray said: “I think our away form has been superb.
“You obviously can’t win every away game, as much as we try and do and as much as you want to.
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“Saturday was one of those in that we were coming up against a team that hasn’t had the greatest of seasons in terms of what they expected, but they are still probably the biggest club in the league. So we knew it was going to be tough.
“They have some very good players, players who can hurt you. “It was disappointing not to finish on a positive result, but overall we couldn’t really ask any more from our away form this season.
“It really has been superb and I think we have definitely given the travelling support something to shout about on the road. “The last minute wins we’ve had, the performances and some of the results we’ve had on the road have been a real excitement for everyone.
“It’s come through a lot of hard work and it’s something we want to carry on next season.”
With the play-offs gone for both sides, the match at Brisbane Road was a damp squib end-of-season affair, though Stags had enough opportunities to win it.
“We’ve heard it a number of times over the years but I felt it was a typical end of season game,” said Murray.
“The atmosphere was dead. The crowd was dead. The tempo of the game was dead.
“But we still should have won the game in my opinion.
“We’ve had a goal disallowed first half which, when looking back on it, I think it was onside.
“Then I think Mani’s (Dieseruvwe) headed chance just before that, he’s got to score it really.
“Then we’ve gone down the other end second half, hit the bar, and scored again and had that disallowed. It was all-round annoying and one of those games you just want over.”
Ironically, in the end the winning goal came from ex-Stags striker Ollie Palmer, released last summer and subjected to catcalls and boos from the travelling Mansfield fans on Saturday.
But Palmer had the last laugh and Murray added: “Fair play to him.
“I’ve watched a lot of Leyton Orient over the season. I think Ollie has only scored four or five goals this season, so he’s not been prolific.
“I think he has probably found the step-up in level goalscoring-wise tough, but he’s been one of their best players and he has created a lot of goals for Jay Simpson.
“So credit to him. I’m not going to hate him for scoring a goal. “We didn’t deal with him on the day. He has a good game on the day and he got the better of our centre halves.”
Andy Hessenthaler told BBC London
"Ollie (Palmer) was a threat and he said to me at half time - don't take me off because I'm going to score.
He was desperate to score against old club and I'm glad he did, I'm pleased for him."
Aron Pollock has ‘bright future’ insists Leyton Orient caretaker Andy Hessenthaler after Mansfield Town victory
30 April 2016, by George Sessions, london24.com
Brisbane Road interim boss reflects on Pollock’s performance and admits they’ve not spoke to president about next season
Leyton Orient caretaker Andy Hessenthaler hailed the performance of Aron Pollock after his impressive debut against Mansfield Town this afternoon.
Ollie Palmer scored the only goal of the League Two match at Brisbane Road in the 49th minute and shined against his former club.
At the other end, Pollock, making his first appearance for the O’s, was so composed at the centre of defence and looked good alongside Shaun Brisley.
The 18-year-old was brilliant all match while Sandro Semedo gave glimpses of his potential in the first half and Josh Koroma enjoyed a decent cameo late on.
Hessenthaler said: “Pollock was outstanding, he was a little bit nervous in the first 10 minutes which was understandable, but grew into the game.
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I thought he was excellent and has a bright future. “I said in the changing room what we’ve got coming through is fantastic and credit to Andy Edwards, Danny Webb and Richard Thomas because they’ve done a fantastic job to produce these youngsters and now they are up in the first team.
“The youth have had a fantastic season, won the league and credit to them - it is nice that they’ve seen three of their team mates making their debuts today.
“Sandro is a little bit older than them, but come through the system as well.
I’m sure it won’t be long before a few more in that under-18s team are making their debuts.”
Orient’s caretaker admitted he was never likely to play more of the youth side because he felt it was important the ones that did feature had a lot of experienced players alongside them.
Sean Clohessy, Brisley and Peter Ramage helped Pollock through at the back while Semedo had Lloyd James, captain for the afternoon, in midfield.
“I wasn’t really tempted to play more because if you put too many in it could disrupt things and I don’t think it would have been great for the kids if we had too many of them out there,” said Hessenthaler.
“We needed some experience alongside them and Aron had the likes of Sean at right-back because Nicky Hunt went down ill.
“Brisley was there, he was immense today and ‘Rambo’ played as well.
Unfortunately he had to come off because he was feeling unwell so we made that change.
“With the experience we had like Lloyd James in and around midfield for Sandro, it worked well I thought.”
Again Hessenthaler was asked if he knew what the future holds with the season just one game from finishing now.
The 50-year-old conceded he hadn’t seen president Francesco Becchetti this past week and will be carrying on as normal.
He added: “I don’t know what will happen next, I haven’t got a crystal ball. Only time will tell, we have one game left and the presentation tomorrow.
“We’ll do it the right way again this week, go to Yeovil Town on Saturday and hopefully finish with a win.
“We haven’t seen the owner this week. He is away or been busy so we haven’t had a conversation with him. We’ve got on with training like normal.”
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