MURRAY AND MARK SHAW REACTION
Boss pleased with side's organisation in Worksop win
mansfieldtown.net, 30th July 2016
Stags’ boss Adam Murray says his side’s organisation was the most pleasing thing during the 3-1 victory over Worksop Town this afternoon.
Second half goals from skipper Lee Collins, midfielder Chris Clements and youngster Zayn Hakeem ensured that Stags recorded a fourth win of their pre-season campaign, despite a consolation goal by a Worksop trialist.
And the manager said he’s been concentrating on ‘the little things’ over the last two weeks and the organisation of his team pleased him this afternoon.
“I think our organisation was more where I expect it to be today. It’s the little things that I have looked at over the last couple of weeks,” said Murray.
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“I think we’ve got some real good players and it’s the little things that make the big difference and I felt today our organisation [and] some of our patterns were very good.
“We should have had a lot more goals but we’re confident that if we create chances, the goals will come.”
The 34-year-old Stags’ chief says his side have had to cope with a high level of intensity during pre-season training and hopes it will stand his players in good stead for the upcoming campaign.
“We’ve worked hard. I said a couple of weeks ago that our intensity [during] this pre-season is probably a lot higher than we did last pre-season.
“Last pre-season, we were wary of niggles and stuff like that [but] this pre-season we’ve took a little bit more of a risk because we feel that getting a higher intensity of our baseline will enable us to play at a higher tempo for longer into the season.
“The fact of it is that nothing can prepare you for the pace of League Two football, you can’t prepare for that.
“It always does take that first month to get everybody up to that three-point tempo and that’s what we’ve got to aim to do and we’ll push the lads again this week and then we’re into 'proper' football then.”
Murray was also pleased with a number of individual performances at the Windsor Food Service Stadium and he’s got ‘nice headaches’ regarding selection ahead of next week’s season opener against Newport County.
“We made a couple more changes today from what everyone presumed was the team two weeks ago and the thing that we have got is, I keep saying it, a small squad, a tight squad but a high-quality squad.
“So all these boys need to be ready and I think some of the boys that played today, some of the lads that came on; the performances were very, very good.”
Finally, Murray revealed that some of his squad will take part in an open training session at tomorrow’s open day, at a time to be confirmed on mansfieldtown.net.
“It’s a chance for especially the new lads to meet our fans and we’re going to use tomorrow as a training day as well.
“We’ll have a recovery day and I think we’re going to put on a bit of an open session for the lads that haven’t played today so [it's] a chance for our fans to see the boys in action on the training pitch.”
Supporters will be able to watch Adam Murray’s post-match interview on Stags PlayerHD later.
Attacking play pleases Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray
chad.co.uk, by Matt Brooks
Adam Murray was pleased with his side’s attacking play as Mansfield Town ran out 3-1 winners over Worksop Town.
The Stags created a host of chances, particularly in the first half at Sandy Lane, and Murray believes on another day the margin of victory could have been greater.
He said: “I thought it was another very good workout for us. I thought we played really well, especially first half when we had a lot of possession, and we worked out different ways to break them down.
“We should have had a lot more goals but we’re confident if we create chances the goals will come. With all due respect we could have had six or seven here today and we’ve got to keep playing the way we’ve been playing.
“We need to carry on creating opportunities and the end product will come. We had a lot of openings and I thought at times our decision making was good. Still loads to improve on but it was a good final game.”
Second half goals from Lee Collins, Chris Clements and Zayn Hakeem gave Stags the win after a goalless first 45 minutes in front of a crowd of 558.
“I think our organisation was more where I expected it to be today,” said Murray. “It’s the little things I’ve been looking at these past couple of weeks, we’ve got some really good players and it’s the little things that make a big difference.
“Our organisation and our patterns were really good today. It’s a lovely pitch but because there was a game on it last night it was a little bit sticky and slowed the game down a little bit.
“We showed we did have a ‘Plan B’ when we got into the forward areas and if we had anticipated a little bit better then I thought we would have got more goals.”
Murray and Shaw show respect is mutual after Stags v Tigers friendly
chad.co.uk, by Matt Brooks
Stags boss Adam Murray says he won’t forget the part Worksop Town played in his career.
Murray enjoyed a loan spell at Sandy Lane late on in his playing days and was pleased a crowd of 500-plus turned out for Saturday’s friendly.
Speaking afterwards, he said: “It’s one of those things, when I went through a period in my career where I found myself what some might say ‘out in the cold’, these guys looked after me.
“I’m not one to forget that. If we can help them out, and the crowd today would have done that, we always will do.”
The respect is mutual between Murray and Tigers boss Mark Shaw, who was full of praise for his opposite number after the 3-1 defeat to Stags.
On Murray, Shaw said: “He is a fantastic person. The game got re-arranged just before pre-season started as they were able to pull a big Premier League club.
“Adam’s always maintained that he would come and bring a first team and he’s a man of his word.
And added: “We’ve got good links. He’s a very good friend of mine and we’re lucky for them to come down pre-season. I think they’ll do well this year.”
Tigers boss excited for new season after Stags friendly
chad.co.uk, by Matt Brooks
Worksop Town manager Mark Shaw is excited for the new season to come around having watched his side’s display against Mansfield Town.
Though disappointed to lose against their League Two neighbours Shaw was happy with the way Tigers performed in Saturday’s pre-season friendly.
He said: “I’m disappointed to lose, as I am disappointed to lose any game but I’ve got to be realistic when it comes to the opposition that we played. That’ll probably be the same team that goes out against Newport County next Saturday.
“It was a very good test. It was very good for the home supporters and my players to play against opposition like that. I thought our organisation was very good. We gave them some questions to answer. I’m really happy.
“All the players got the right kind of minutes, that put that type of effort I want to see throughout the season and I was really pleased with the performances.”
Stags enjoyed the majority of possession but were unable to find a way through Worksop’s defence during the opening 45 minutes at Sandy Lane.
“I think you’ve got to give them the ball,” said Shaw. “When you play against sides in pre-season that are going to be taking chances on the ball, it was a case of ‘can we provide them a test’ and I didn’t think they hurt us that much.
“They hit the bar and had a chance from outside the box that Kendo (Jon Kennedy) had to save but they never got through us. I think the same could be said for the second half. We’ve conceded two poor goals from set pieces and one from when they got round the back of us.
“I’m really pleased with my group to perform like that against a professional club. We’re missing players today that will probably play next week. Adam Murray has got some really good players and I’m sure they’ll do well in the season ahead.”
And added: “I’m really looking forward to next week now and getting started when it really matters.”
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