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12 July 2016

Pre-Season Friendly added: Mickleover v Mansfield, 26 July, 7.30pm

Adam Murray says in today's interview on StagsPlayer that this game has been added to get more minutes into the players, and it will be on a good pitch.

(8 minute interview)

Murray says that he would ideally like to sign one more player.
Meanwhile the trialist from Saturday may or may not get another run out against Matlock.

Murray on the game against Matlock tomorrow: "It was just something that popped up. Matlock fancied a game and we looked at our minute-bank and we felt that we might need the odd one or two more friendlies put in there. It's an extended training session really against a team that don't know what you're doing. Sometimes when you have your in-house stuff, everybody knows what you're doing, so it defeats the object. It'll get the lads a bit more game time, and we can work on a couple more bits."

Also on StagsPlayer, all the goals from Clipstone v Mansfield, and Carlton v Mansfield


Murray seeks one more new face, Hawley likely to sign as ‘safety valve’
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

Adam Murray is still hoping he can bring one more player into his squad before the big kick-off.

However, the Mansfield Town manager did confirm it was likely he would register his new first team coach Karl Hawley as a player as a ‘safety valve’.

With loan windows abolished this season, Murray knows he will have to work with what he’s got as soon as the August window shuts.

In Saturday’s 2-2 friendly draw at Clipstone he ran the rule over a young unnamed right back and was off to watch another game last night as he continues to cast his net.

“Including our younger pros, we have 20 first team players,” he said.

Read more: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/mansfield-town/mansfield-town-news/murray-seeks-one-more-new-face-hawley-likely-to-sign-as-safety-valve-1-8012069#ixzz4EJ5FcOzZ

“It will be touch and go with that number. We know we are running a risk a little bit, but we do have a multi-functional outfit.

“In an ideal world I’d probably like to bring one more in. So we’ll just see how the next few weeks go and what comes up.

“What’s happening now, which you knew was always going to happen as it happens every season, is your players that wanted three hundred millions pounds six weeks ago want £3.50 now.

“So we will wait and see. I think our group is fantastic in its team spirit and gel. We already had a good base there from last season, but the new boys have come in and added to that, which I didn’t think was possible.

“Standards have gone up. So for that one person to come in, he’s got to be a special guy.

“But if he does turn up and we do find him, one more would possibly make me feel a little more secure in my mind in terms of dealing with injuries and suspensions but keeping us strong.”

Murray added: “It is a cliché, and probably quite a few managers say it and lie, but I am saying whole-heartedly I have got 20 senior players, including the young pros, that any one of them could play and I don’t feel we’d be weakened, which is a great position to be in.

“I have looked at some of the permutations and some of the partnerships we are putting together and it’s tough to say what’s going to work best at the minute. We’ve looked at a few things over the first three game and a lot of things have looked really good.

“The next few games we will be trying bits and bobs out and seeing what works and what doesn’t. If something pops up that could improve us we’ll drag him in and tie him down.”

On the addition of 24-year-old free-scoring striker Hawley into his squad, he said: “With the way the windows are this season, we’d probably be foolish not to.

“You never know in this game what’s going to happen. You could have the world’s worst sickness bug and we’ve only got 10 players.

“We will possibly register him for safety’s sake.

“Could he do a job in League Two? As I said on Saturday - one million per cent.

“He is as fit as a lot of our lads - he really does look after himself.

“You look at some of the players still playing at our level at 34 and he is a lot better than them. So I think I would be a fool if I didn’t register him.

“Will he play? I couldn’t answer that question. Is he in the forefront of my mind to be in the squad? No. He is more of a safety valve.”


Thomas misses out on Stags’ Matlock friendly
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

Midfielder Jack Thomas will not be part of the Mansfield Town squad that heads to Rossington Main FC to play Matlock Town tonight (7.30pm).

Thomas is the only member of Adam Murray’s squad to pick up a niggling injury from pre-season training and Stags are taking no chances.

“He is still a little bit sore,” said Murray. “He has a little bit of tendonitis, so we are having to be very cautious with him. We want him right for the start of the season.

Read more: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/mansfield-town/mansfield-town-news/thomas-misses-out-on-stags-matlock-friendly-1-8012179#ixzz4EJ5PtT9Y

“Fortunately Jack’s general fitness is very good, so we are not too worried he is going to have to play catch-up because he is quite a fit lad.

“As long as get the injury settled down, he will be fine. But we won’t be risking him at Matlock.”

Murray said yesterday that training was going very well.

“We had another good training session this morning and the lads are looking sharp,” he said.

“We worked them into the ground yesterday all day. They left about 6pm last night. They started at 9am today. It’s now half two and we are ready to go again at 3pm.”


New friendlies will help Stags top up the ‘minute bank’
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

Tonight’s friendly against Matlock Town and another announced today at Mickleover Sports are designed to ‘top up the minutes bank’.

Boss Adam Murray has watched his side play three friendlies and decided to add two more late fixtures to the list.

“Tonight was just something that popped up,” he said ahead of the trip to Rossington Main’s ground in Doncaster where Stags’ first team will take on Matlock (7.30).

“Matlock fancied a game and we looked at our minute bank.

Read more: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/mansfield-town/mansfield-town-news/new-friendlies-will-help-stags-top-up-the-minute-bank-1-8012147#ixzz4EJ5UaJsR

“By the end of pre-season we felt we might need one or two extra friendlies put in there, so we’ve chucked em in to get the lads a bit more game time and work on a couple more bits.

“It’s an extended training session really against an opposition that doesn’t know what you are doing, whereas sometimes when you are trying things in-house everybody knows what you’re doing, which defeats the object.”

This morning Mansfield also added the trip to Mickleover on Tuesday, 26th July (7.30), Murray adding: “We’ve booked Micklover Sports in again as a minute banker, just to make sure we’ve got everyone going into that first game with enough match fitness in their legs.

“I have 20 boys that could play against Newport so I’ve go to make sure they are all up to match speed.

“We know the guys at Mickleover, so we know it will be a decent game with a nice pitch.”

Murray is still hoping to add one more player to his tight-knot squad and at Clipstone last Saturday gave 45 minutes to an unnamed trialist right back.

When asked if he was still interested in the player, he said: “There is always interest in people.

“He might come along tomorrow night, he might not. I think we saw in the two games on Saturday that some of our first year youth team players got some game time, guys who have just left school as 16-year-olds, and they were outstanding.

“So it will be good to try to get some of them involved if need be. But it will be the first team that travels tomorrow night.

“We will look to extend a bit of game time and get another matchday work-out.”



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