MURRAY AND DARREN FERGUSON REACTION
Manager disappointed with injuries in Donny defeat
mansfieldtown.net, 30th August 2016
Stags’ boss Adam Murray says he is 'frustrated' with the injuries which his side picked up in the 2-0 defeat to Doncaster Rovers in tonight’s Checkatrade Trophy first round fixture.
Second half goals from wingers Alfie Beestin and Riccardo Calder secured the first win of the group stage for our fellow League Two opponents, after an opening hour which contained very few clear-cut chances.
And the manager was frustrated to see injuries suffered by midfielder Jamie McGuire and centre-half Kyle Howkins, which he says may force his hand on transfer deadline day, depending on the severity of the injuries.
“It’s alright for these ‘big’ clubs that are coming in but what people forget to think about that it’s people’s jobs on the line. It’s not just turn up and have a game for an under 23 team, this is people’s lives and we’ve got to go into the weekend now with knocks and bruises and whatnot," says Murray.
“And I’ll be honest with you, we got to 75 minutes and I’m telling people to stay out of tackles and to save their legs because when you have got a small squad, you can’t risk anything.
"Overall, we’ve got people minutes who we wanted to get minutes, I’d like to say we’ve come out of it without any bruises, but we haven’t."
After starting the Checkatrade Trophy group stage with a defeat, Murray drew positives from the tie and said he was impressed with a number of individuals’ performances but also wants his players to keep their standards high.
“I thought some of them played really well, I thought there were some good performances in there.
“The performance, at times, was really good without having any end product to it. We gave away two sloppy goals but like I say, I’ve pulled the reins on the lads a little bit because we’ve took two bangs to our team which will affect us, so we had to limit the damage.
“Some of them need to realise that this isn’t a comfort zone - it’s not just a ten-month 'jolly up' with the boys. You’re at 110 percent in this building or you’re not here very long.
“Some of them [I’m] really, really pleased with. [I’m] chuffed to bits with some of the performances, I thought some of the work-rate was really good.”
Looking ahead to Saturday’s visit of Cambridge United in Sky Bet League Two, Murray says preparations have already began for a side which he believes will be promotion challengers this season.
“Obviously they’ve probably not had the start that they would’ve desired but they’re a very strong outfit, [they] made some very good signings in the summer and I do believe they’ll be top seven at the end of the season.
“I think they’ve got good strength in depth there as well so it’ll be a tough game and they’re always tough games to go in to when teams haven’t picked up that vital win, so we’re going to have to be on our mettle.”
Supporters can view Adam Murray’s post-match interview on Stags PlayerHD.
Mansfield Town: Adam Murray told players to 'stay out of tackles' during loss
Mansfield manager Adam Murray said he told his players to "stay out of tackles" during Tuesday's defeat by Doncaster in the Checkatrade Trophy.
The first group game of the competition saw the Stags lose 2-0 to Rovers.
Kyle Howkins and Jamie McGuire picked up knocks ahead of Mansfield's next League Two match against Cambridge.
"It got to a certain point in the game where we were telling our lads to stay out of tackles and just let the game pass," Murray said.
"It is not competitive football, but my job is to get three points and get this team as high up in the league as I possibly can."
Mansfield are currently fifth in League Two, having won three of their first five league matches.
"Our priority is the league and we're down to 16 players," the 34-year-old explained to BBC Radio Nottingham.
"From the outside looking into this competition, you think we've got the half-big clubs and all these Under-23 teams in.
"They don't have to go and play for three points on a Saturday, they don't have to go and earn a living on the Saturday, where three points is life and death, it pays mortgages."
Stags boss Murray slams new Trophy format after injuries blow
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas, Tuesday 30 August 2016
Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray slammed the new-look Checkatrade EFL Trophy format as his side lost two players to injury in tonight’s 2-0 home opening group game defeat by Doncaster Rovers.
The competition has been a straight knockout competition for some time, but has reverted back to group games in the first round which allows Premier League academy sides to take part and means clubs more pack more games into their schedule.
With Jamie McGuire and Kyle Howkins limping down the tunnel, Murray said at the end: “I am glad it’s over. To put it politely it’s a pain in the backside.
“It was frustrating to pick up a couple of injuries in a game that I don’t get the ending to the whole thing.
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“It’s all right for these big clubs coming in, but what people forget to think about is that it’s people’s jobs on the line when earning three points is your living.
“It’s not just turn up and have a game for an U23 team, this is people’s lives and we’ve got to go into the weekend now with knocks and bruises.”
He added: “I will be honest with you, when we got to 75 minutes, I was telling people to stay out of tackles and save their legs as, when you have got a small squad, you can’t risk anything.”
Rovers were guilty of two or three thundering tackles, earning two bookings, but Murray said: “I don’t mind that, that’s the game. That’s the nature of the beast. It’s a frustrating evening.
“Our performance at times was really good without having any end product to it.
“And we gave away two sloppy goals, but like I say I pulled the reins on the lads a little bit as we’ve taken two bangs to our team which will affect us. So we had to limit the damage.
“I thought some of them played really well. There were some good performances in there.
“But some of them need to realise this is not a comfort zone. It’s not just a 10-month jolly-up with the boys. You are at 110 per cent in this building or you’re not here very long.
“But I was chuffed to bits with some of the peformances and I thought the work rate was really good.
“We obviously changed shape first half and got to work on it for an hour yesterday. So we expected hiccups.
“But, overall we got people minutes that we wanted to get minutes.
“I’d like to say we’ve come out of it without bruises, but we haven’t and the focus was always on Saturday.”
Mansfield Town may have to delve into market on deadline day Mansfield Town Manager Adam Murray Picture by Dan Westwell John Lomas email@example.com 06:30Wednesday 31 August 2016 2 HAVE YOUR SAY Stags boss Adam Murray will check on the fitness of Jamie McGuire and Kyle Howkins this morning before deciding if he needs to delve into the market on transfer deadline day to bolster his small squad. The Mansfield Town manager was livid that he picked up two more injuries in the expanded Checkatrade EFL Trophy defeat by Doncaster Rovers last night. Click HERE to read the match report Click HERE to read Murray’s views on the new-look EFL Trophy If both look to be fine today then Murray said he did not expect any movement in or out - including moves for goal ace Matt Green. “I have not spoken to the physio yet but if they are not going to be recovering in a quick amount of time then we will have to do something,” he said. “Otherwise, I don’t expect anything else to be happening in or out.” Stags have already turned down two firm bids for Matt Green, but the player has said he wants to stay. Murray knows every player has his price and fans will be relieved when the window closes tonight. But Murray said, as far as he was concerned, Green was going nowhere. “Nothing is happening with that,” he said. “I don’t care if we’re getting two hundred or three hundred million! I’ve not just put one billion on it so he’s going nowhere! “I am more annoyed with the stupid injuries we have picked up in this game and we will have to see how that is going to affect the squad.”
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FACEBOOK Jamie Mcguire, 31 Aug 2016
Good to start yesterday Shame about the result injury not as bad as thought ! Looking fwrd to Saturday carry on are league form
Gaffer content with win over local rivals in Checkatrade Trophy.
Darren Ferguson labelled a 2-0 win over League Two counterparts Mansfield Town in the Chekcatrade Trophy as a job done.
First ever senior strikes from Alfie Besstin - on debut - and Riccardo Calder saw Rovers home; giving the manager a glimpse in to the potential of future first team players.
“I thought second half we were good. First half we did okay, we didn’t play with enough zest in our game, it was a little bit too nice for me and we spoke about that at half time,” he said.
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“I expected more of them; I’ve got to be honest, which is a compliment. I could have easily gone in and said that it was fine.
“We looked solid enough, certainly but we just needed a bit more going forward and second half they did that, I thought they were very good.
“For me the future in terms of the players that played tonight is bright. We’ve got a lot of young players, but a lot of good ones and I said that to them at the end that they’ve got trust each other a bit more.”
While Beestin, who signed in the summer from Tadcaster Albion grabbed the headlines, Ferguson was keen to stress how much work he still needs to do.
“He’s a good player, he wanted to run with it too much in the first half and he’s not got the physical strength that the big centre halves he’s playing against have,” said the Scot.
“He needs to pass and move; maybe he needs to beat people in different areas.
“I’ve got high hopes for him and I don’t want to build him up too much - I’ve said that before - but certainly we hope he’s going to be a really good player for us.”
Despite an injury list that tallies in to double figures - which has led to the signing of experienced defender Frazer Richardson - Ferguson was adamant that the Rovers’ fourth win in succession would do no harm.
“It just keeps the momentum going, its four wins on the bounce. It’s a fantastic thing, that habit of winning can become a habit,” he said.
“You saw last year where it was the opposite - a habit of losing - the mentality is now that we’ve got to keep winning and take the momentum.
“We’ve got a really though game on Saturday (against Crewe Alexandra). We’ve got rest in to the players we wanted to but certainly the ones who’ve played have done themselves no harm.
“We’ve brought Frazer Richardson in on a short term deal and he’ll do fine for us. He’s got good experience, played 25 games in the Championship (last season).
“I think we were a little fortunate to get him but he was keen when I spoke to him on Sunday, he beds in really well, he’s trained, he’s a good lad and a good pro. Maybe at this moment in time, it’s the bit of experience we need.”
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