MURRAY, PEARCE AND HESSENTHALER REACTION
Murray - Orient display was 'outstanding'
mansfieldtown.net, 27th August 2016
Stags’ boss Adam Murray praised his side’s 'utterly professional' performance during their last-gasp 2-1 victory over Leyton Orient at the Matchroom Stadium this afternoon.
Striker Matt Green made amends for his first half penalty miss with an 89th-minute winner against the O’s after Orient skipper Liam Kelly had cancelled out midfielder Mitch Rose’s emphatic opener.
And after seeing his side continue to press for a winner deep into the second half in East London, Murray said his players’ performance was the thing which he was ‘most pleased’ with.
“I though the performance was utterly professional. We keep speaking to the boys about the process and making sure the process is right; the results will ultimately follow if the process is correct and we knew we were going to have to be disciplined today,” the Stags’ manager said after today’s game.
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“We knew, at times, we'd have to sacrifice possession and after last week's away performance we felt it was a little bit loose in our shape but I thought today, every credit goes to the boys, I thought they were outstanding.”
The 34-year-old said that the manner of the victory showed the character of his side after their 89th-minute winner saw them secure their third win from their opening five games.
“[Those] games when they’re tight and especially when you do have a little bit of bad luck and miss a penalty, you do think ‘is it going to be our day?’ and then when we go 1-0 ahead away from home at a place like this, you want to ‘shut up shop’.
“So to let them back in was a little bit disappointing but again we showed our character to come back and nick it and to do it in the period of time that we did it in, it shows our endurance [and] it shows our durability to keep going so [it was] a big three points.”
After more than a week of speculation over the future of today’s match-winner Matt Green, Murray commended the frontman’s attitude and performance against the O's.
“Matt Green scores goals. The big thing that I was ‘over the moon’ with today was the performance again from Matt - he worked his ‘so-and-sos’ off.
“I thought him and Hendo (Darius Henderson), at times, were a real threat and when we brought CJ (Hamilton) on, it’s a different element to our team.
“But I think you saw when he scored what the club means to him and what the goal meant to him and more importantly what the lads meant to him. He walked in the changing room at the end and said ‘that was for the boys’. We’re a tight-knit group; we were last year, we’re even tighter this year and I think you saw at the end there what it meant to Matt and what it meant to the rest of us.”
The manager was also keen to praise the influence of Stags’ chairman John Radford and directors Paul and Tina Broughton for the planning which allowed the squad to travel to the capital yesterday in preparation for today’s game.
“Again we, the lads and myself, thank Paul and Tina and the chairman for letting us come down early and prepare right and I think it shows the difference it does make.
“We thank West Ham for letting us train there yesterday as well and the fans were outstanding today. I asked them to stay positive with us today and get behind us and they did just that. To give them the three points to travel home with, it’s worth the sore throat.”
Supporters will be able to view Adam Murray’s post-match interview on Stags PlayerHD later this evening.
Murray hails ‘perfect away performance’ by Stags
Adam Murray hailed his Mansfield Town players for a ‘professional’ display away from home.
Second half goals from Mitch Rose and Matt Green gave the Stags a 2-1 win at Leyton Orient on Saturday afternoon.
Murray allowed himself a brief moment to saviour the victory over an Orient side tipped to challenge this season.
He said: “It’s been a tough week because we were disappointed in parts of our game last week.
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“We give all credit to the players today because they dug in. It was one of the most professional performances I’ve seen.
“It was one of the most organised performances that I’ve seen and it was the perfect away performance.”
And added: “I’m trying to learn to take things in. I’m such a 100mph person I don’t take in the good times. The bad times always effects you more than you enjoy the good times.
“I didn’t do it as a player and I can’t remember half the good moments from my career. I can’t remember some of the stadiums I’ve played at so this season I’m going to take a little bit in.
“I don’t want to get to an age where I haven’t enjoyed the moments that are worth it and today’s one of those moments.”
There has been intense speculation surrounding the future of Green but the striker now seems likely to remain with the Stags.
Green made up for his penalty miss with a second half goal that secured Murray’s men all three points from their Orient trip.
“It was a prime example of what Matt Green stands for,” said Murray. “He’s had a lot to deal with the last couple of weeks. He’s an emotional character, he really cares, he thinks about everything.
“It has shaken him the last couple of weeks. I know he’s had a lack of sleep. It’s really been on his mind so it’s been good for us to clear the air.
“His words to me last night were ‘I’ll always give you 100 per cent. I’m going to run all over them and win the game for you’ and he did just that.”
He added: “It would have to be a club changing moment to let him go. We want to progress. We had a good season last year but we want to be better. That comes from keeping your best playes and building on that, and that’s what we want to do.”
Matt Green’s goal against Leyton Orient ‘was for Mansfield Town team-mates’ reveals Stags boss Adam Murray
The Docklands and East London Advertiser, by George Sessions
29-year-old forward heavily linked with switch to Brisbane Road on Friday night, but showed his commitment to Mansfield on Saturday afternoon
It has been an eventful couple of days for Mansfield Town’s Matt Green, who was heavily linked with Leyton Orient on Friday.
The 29-year-old was subject of a £500,000 bid from the O’s allegedly, although that has since been rubbished as pure speculation.
Orient have registered an interest in the Stags striker, though, but haven’t placed an offer in for him.
After the rumours on Friday night, Green started for Mansfield at Brisbane Road the following day and was at the centre of the action.
Firstly he missed a penalty in the 22nd minute as he ballooned an effort way over Alex Cisak’s crossbar.
But eventually he had the last laugh as he scored the winner a minute from time after a wonderful chest down by Mitchell Rose.
It earned Mansfield a 2-1 success and their manager Adam Murray said: “Matt Green scores goals and the big thing I was over the moon with on Saturday was his performance.
“He worked his so and so’s off, him and Darius Henderson were a real threat and we brought CJ Hamilton on, which brings a different element to the team.
“I think you’ve seen when Matt scored what the club means to him and what the goal means to him and more importantly what the lads mean to him.
“He walked in the changing room at the end and said that was for the boys so we’re a tight-knit group, we were last year and we’re even tighter this season and you’ve seen at the end what it means for Matt and the rest of us.”
After finding the net, Green wheeled off and sparked jubilant celebrations from all of his Mansfield team-mates and the coaching staff.
Orient boss Andy Hessenthaler was quizzed after the striker after the game, but refused to confirm his interest in the former Oxford United ace.
He said: “I don’t know anything about Matt Green other than he scored the goal against us.”
Although the O’s haven’t confirmed it, they are interested in the forward, but it would take a significant amount of money to prize him away from Mansfield.
Late winner shows high team spirit, claims defender
mansfieldtown.net, 27th August 2016
Defender Krystian Pearce says another late winner from Mansfield Town underlines the Stags’ team-spirit and never-say-day approach.
For the second time this season, Stags secured maximum points with a winner in the closing stages.
Midfielder Kevan Hurst fired Stags’ to a stoppage time win at Newport on the opening day of the season and hitman Matt Green followed it today with an 89th minute decider as Stags beat Leyton Orient 2-1 at the Matchroom Stadium.
Praising his team mates attitude, Pearce said after today’s victory: “It [the last-gasp goal] shows great character from the lads. Everyone stuck together to grind out a great three points.
“The boys stood up well to it [the Orient test] and our spirit saw us through.
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“To score them [last minute winners] both away from home shows our team spirit. Hopefully we can take that team spirit into the rest of the season and get some more points on the board.”
Pearce was a real threat from corners throughout the afternoon and had chances to carve his name onto the scorecard in his first game of the season.
“I’m a bit disappointed not to get on the scoresheet. Maybe my timing was a bit off but we got the three points and that’s all that matters.”
Asked about his return to the side following injury, Pearce said: “I made it through, I didn’t pass out so I’m happy! I’m buzzing to make 90 minutes and get the three points to go with it."
A jubilant but well-balanced Pearce added: “It’s [the good results] only a start so we have to keep our heads level and kick-on."
The defender will be aiming to keep his place in the line-up on Tuesday night as the Stags take on Doncaster Rovers at home in the Checkatrade Trophy group stages.
Krystian Pearce’s interview will be available in full shortly on Stags Player HD
Leyton Orient boss Andy Hessenthaler said Jay Simpson remained injured and hopes to have him back next week
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Leyton Orient boss Andy Hessenthaler believes his side need to focus on making the right decisions at the right time after their second home defeat from the season.
Mansfield Town beat the O’s 2-1 at Brisbane Road and Orient have now only managed three points from a possible nine at their own stomping ground.
Mitchell Rose and Matt Green were the players to halt the O’s plans to win three games in a row in League Two.
“I looked at the goals it is not that we lacked concentration, we didn’t make the right decision at the right time,” said Hessenthaler.
“It was too easy to get the ball in to start with and we never dealt with the cross and the second goal was certainly a mistake on the far post.
“And defensively, we have just let him run in and score, we can’t do that, we just can’t we have got to stop that.
“If we stop that I think we are always going to create chances with the players we have got on that pitch. “ Former Arsenal striker Jay Simpson, who scored 25 goals last season, was once again a clear omission from the side.
Ollie Palmer remains the only striker to have scored for the O’s as he netted the winner against Grimsby last week as Liam Kelly and Gavin Massey have produced the goods from midfield.
The 51-year-old added: “It is a little bit concerning (strikers are not scoring), but we have been scoring from other areas and we were not going that last year.
“But hopefully we have to keep going with them, keep working with them and hopefully the goals will come from the forwards.
“Simpson is still injured today, he will hopefully be back training early in the week and we will see from there and there is no interest from other clubs as far as I know.”
Earlier in the day, the O’s were linked with the match winning goalscorer Green but Hessenthaler said he knew nothing about the player.
“All I know about Matt Green was he scored the winner today,” Hessenthaler concluded.
Orient will next face Stevenage in the EFL trophy on Tuesday night kicking off at 7:45pm at Brisbane Road before they travel to top of the table Morecombe on Saturday, September 3
Leyton Orient boss Andy Hessenthaler wants strikers to get back among the goals while Jay Simpson remains injured
The Docklands and East London Advertiser, by George Sessions
Experienced manager discusses defeat to Mansfield Town, lack of leaders and Jay Simpson with Southend United still interested in forwards
Leyton Orient manager Andy Hessenthaler wants his forwards to get back amongst the goals after watching the O’s lost 2-1 to Mansfield Town this afternoon.
The Stags left east London with all three points after goals from Mitchell Rose and Matt Green cancelled out Liam Kelly’s 73rd minute equaliser.
Kelly has two goals this year while Gavin Massey has three from out wide, but not many of Orient’s forwards have found the net.
Paul McCallum struck a brace against Fulham while Ollie Palmer netted at Grimsby Town last weekend, but both Jay Simpson and Jordan Bowery have yet to hit the target.
“I’m a little bit concerned with the lack of goals from our strikers, but it is good we’re scoring from other areas,” said Hessenthaler.
“We weren’t doing that last year, but we need to keep going, keep working with them and hopefully the goals will come from the centre forwards.”
Meanwhile Simpson was again absent at Brisbane Road due to a back problem, although it remains to be seen where he will wear an Orient shirt again with Southend United set to have made a big for the forward.
Hessenthaler added: “Jay was injured, he’ll hopefully be back in training during the week and we’ll see what happens from there.”
One of the O’s major problems this season and in recent years has been conceding sloppy goals.
Yvan Erichot was at fault for the penalty against the Stags, which Green blazed over the crossbar and struggled throughout.
But the former Gillingham manager didn’t want to single out individuals, just admitted they need more people to talk at the back.
“I think we are a bit quiet as a team, we do need a leader and people to talk and organise,” said Hessenthaler.
“When the ball is moving around, that is when you are at your most vulnerable going from side to side so you’ve got to defend properly.
“We didn’t do that so maybe we are lacking a leader type to get us organised and be vocal because we’ve got too many players that don’t say enough for me.”
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Fantastic team performance today we all dug deep got the 3 points ! Shout out the traveling supporters great backing
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