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29th November 2014 12:13

Murray pleased by team's character

Caretaker boss reflects on win in tough conditions at Concord Rangers.

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Caretaker boss Adam Murray was delighted that our team dug deep to overcome Concord Rangers in last night’s FA Cup First Round replay.

In tough conditions at the Vanarama South club’s tiny Aspect Arena, both sides had chances to go ahead, before Ollie Palmer tapped home from Rob Taylor’s cross for the game’s only goal, just after the hour mark.

“We’re absolutely over the moon [to get the win],” said Murray. “We knew what kind of game it was going to be, the atmosphere that was going to be created, the slope of the pitch and the surroundings and we had to make sure the boys were ready for that.

“We got a little bit tied up in the two styles that we’ve been playing, which if I’m being honest, knew was going to happen at some point. As I said on Saturday, there’s been a lot of information [given to the players] and in the first half, we got caught between the two styles and were causing ourselves problems.

He continued: “The pitch affected the way we wanted to go about things. People obviously saw the way we want to go about things on Saturday now, but it’s not an excuse and some of our decision making in the first half wasn’t good enough.

“Our game-management wasn’t good as effective as it ought to have been, but I think again, at times we saw the product that we’re trying to get. We’re trying to move the ball quickly and get it out to the wide boys and cause trouble and if we’d been a bit more ruthless in the final third, we could have won by a greater score.

“We tweaked things at half-time and gave the boys a little bit of guidance on how we were going to win this game. Fair play to the boys, they gave everything in the second half and I’m really proud of them.”

Murray also complimented first team coaches Micky Moore and Richard Cooper for the part they played in last night’s victory.

“I’m not going to take all the credit for the half-time changes,” added the 33-year-old. “Micky and ‘Coops’ behind me have been superb. We had to make the changes and the lads had to carry things out, so they deserve all the credit.”

Following the victory, our team will travel to the R Costings Abbey Stadium to meet Cambridge United in the second round on Saturday 06 December (3.00pm).


Murray delighted to see Stags skip Concord banana skin

Adam Murray was delighted and relieved tonight as he made it two wins out of two as caretaker boss with a 1-0 FA Cup first round replay win at Conference South Concord Rangers.


On a filthy cold, wet Tuesday night on Canvey Island, Stags dug in deep to ensure they wouldn’t join the list of giantkillings with an Ollie Palmer goal enough to see them through to a second round clash at Cambridge United.

“I am absolutely over the moon with that result,” smiled Murray.

“I knew exactly what kind of game this was going to be. I knew the atmosphere that would be created, I knew the state of the pitch and the surroundings and I had to make sure the boys were ready for that.

“In the first half I think we got tied up between the two styles we have been playing. I knew that would happen at some stage as the players have had a lot of information gone in this week. So we caused ourselves problems.

“We tweaked it in the second half a bit and I gave them a bit of guidance how to go out and win the game. The lads gave us everything second half and I am proud of them.

“The first half wasn’t good enough but in the second half at times you saw the product we are trying to create, moving the ball quickly and getting it to the wide players to cause trouble.”

Murray added: “Concord were a credit to their club and management team. They were just incredible and gave absolutely everything and pushed us all the way.

“It was end to end and exciting for the neutral, and a bit too open for me at times.

“But I am enjoying this and I am the proudest man in the world right now. This is massive for me.”


Mansfield caretaker manager Adam Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"We knew what kind of game it was going to be, the atmosphere that was going to be created and the state of the pitch and surroundings.
"For the neutral it would have been exiting at times, it was end to end and got too open for my liking.
"You have to understand that these guys from Concord Rangers have been at work all day as well, and it is a credit to them and their management team for putting in a performance like that. It was a real tough job for us."

Concord Rangers manager Danny Cowley told BBC Essex:

"Obviously we're disappointed, but once we have dusted ourselves down, we'll be mighty proud of the run that we've had.
"Football is about moments and small margins and we just came out the wrong side, it was a close game I don't think there was anything in it.
"From a neutral's perspective they probably wouldn't have known who the League Two side was because I think we matched them toe-to-toe and gave them problems, especially in the first half.
"We said in the dressing room that you don't want to have any regrets. I've got players at different stages of their career and for some this would have been the pinnacle and everything for them. I'm pleased that they all did well and they did themselves credit."


Danny Cowley rues "missed moments" after Concord Rangers' defeat to Mansfield Town
by Luke Lambert

DANNY Cowley says Concord Rangers’ failure to take advantage of their best moments was the reason for their FA Cup exit against Mansfield Town.


The Beachboys manager was full of praise for his valiant side’s display, which saw them go down 1-0 to the League Two strugglers.

And Cowley said he was disappointed not to take the game to extra-time, as a number of good chances came and went for the underdogs.

“The over-riding emotion is one of disappointment as we took them all the way in both games,” said Cowley.

“We did all we could to score on Tuesday night but came up a little bit short but this group of players went toe-to-toe with a Football League side and that speaks volumes of their character and ability.

“We have a couple of good chances and dangerous crosses but this game is about moments and we didn’t take ours.”

The only goal came after an hour when Ollie Palmer slid in to score at the far post and, despite hitting the post and forcing Concord goalkeeper Josh Vickers into two superb saves, Cowley said the Mansfield staff were full of praise for the home team in the close run contest.

“I spoke to their management team after the game and they said the players said it was harder than any league game they have played all season,” he said.

“For us to take it this far is a special feeling and is a massive achievement in itself.”

A record crowd of 1,537 watched the match at the Aspect Arena, braving torrid conditions to cheer on the Conference South side.

And the Concord manager said the support was incredible.

“I am an optimist,” he laughed. “But even I never thought in my wildest dreams that we would see more than 1,500 people turn up to watch a Concord Rangers match here. This game really caught the imagination of the wider community and I want to thank everyone for coming here to support the team.

“The reception the Mansfield fans gave us last week will live long in the memory and this will too, it is just a shame we couldn’t get the result we wanted. This is a special club with a special DNA but we now look towards Boreham Wood in the FA Trophy.”



Martin Riley @LifeofRiley6
Job done! #stags

Jamie Sendles White @j_sendles_white
Good win yesterday in horrendous/dreadful conditions @mansfieldtownfc #stags

Reggie Lambe @ReggieNaldo
Great result tonight for the boys #stags @mansfieldtownfc



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