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13th January 2015 19:18

Boss rues missed chances in Brewers’ defeat
mansfieldtown.net, 10th January 2015

Murray disappointed that we didn’t take points, but pleased with second half display at the Pirelli Stadium.

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Manager Adam Murray was bitterly frustrated that we were unable to take points from this afternoon’s away game at Burton Albion, despite a much-improved second half display against the Sky Bet League Two high-flyers.

After Reggie Lambe squandered a golden opportunity to put us ahead inside the first 30 seconds, the Brewers opened up a two-goal lead at half-time courtesy of goals by Matty Palmer and Kelvin Maynard.

Lambe atoned for his earlier miss by finding the target in the early stages after the re-start, but it wasn’t enough as despite us dominating the entire second half, we were unable to find an equaliser and pick up points.

Murray named all five of his new signings in his starting line-up and admitted that he was pleased with what he saw in the second 45 minutes, considering that the squad will need time to gel.

Speaking in his post-match interview, our boss said: “I’m obviously disappointed as we’ve lost a football game.

“Again I think it was a game of two halves. The first half was poor from our standards and [we conceded] two really bad goals from our point of view and there were a couple of apologies at half-time.

“The free-kick has gone straight in [for the first goal] and [for the second goal] the lad has got a free header from a corner, which isn’t us. Defending set-pieces is usually one of our strong points.

“That ruined the game for us, because I thought we had the chances to come in with something on the table at half-time.”

“I asked for a reaction at half-time and I thought there were a lot of positives in the second half. We spent most of the time in their half, so it’s another frustrating [result].

“It’s a performance what I look at and you could tell that there were players in there that hadn’t played together before, but there were a lot of plus points and that was always going to happen.

“The most frustrating thing is when you come off and the opposition manager says to you that his team were lucky today.”

He continued: “I thought there were some good [individual] performances - especially in the second half.

“We’ve come away to a top of the table team and dominated the game in the second half without being ruthless enough in the 18-yard box. The ball went in the 18-yard box that many times that we have to come out of the game with something.”

In other news, Murray is hoping to bolster our attacking threat with the addition of a new striker in the coming days, whilst he would also like to extend the loan of Crewe Alexandra forward Vadaine Oliver, whose last game of his loan spell is next Saturday’s clash against Exeter City.


Burton boss Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink told BBC Radio Derby:

"They looked at us properly. They tested us, and tested us a little bit differently to Shrewsbury last week by being more direct, and it caused us problems.
"It was not a classic. But you're not going to go through a season with all them games being easy and beautiful.
"It's not going to happen. Sometimes you have to really dig in as a team and work hard."

Mansfield boss Adam Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"People have held the hands up in the dressing room, but we have lost a game of football and we are not in a position where sorry is good enough.
"I felt we were unlucky to get a point after our second-half performance.
"We had enough chances, and the frustrating thing is we've come to a top-of-the-table team and took the game to them, and with a little bit more ruthlessness, it might have been different."


Boss Murray optimistic after Stags’ second half fightback

Although angry to see his new-look Mansfield Town side concede two sloppy first half goals, boss Adam Murray was delighted with their second half fightback in today’s 2-1 defeat at Burton Albion.


Murray, who threw five new faces in for debuts, said he now can’t wait for Saturday’s visit of Exeter City to see them build on a highly promising second 45 minutes.

After Reggie Lambe missed a first minute sitter, Mansfield conceded from two set pieces before Lambe scored to set up a pulsating second half fightback that failed to produce the equaliser they deserved.

“That was again a game of two halves,” said Murray. “The first half was poor from our point of view and we conceded two really bad goals.

“The free kick went straight in and then we let them have a free header from a corner. That’s not us. It’s usually one of our strong points. It ruined the game for us.

“There were a couple of apologies in the dressing room at half-time but it was a bit late to say sorry. You can’t defend like that.

“Also, I would have expected Reggie to have scored in the first minute. We had chances and should have come in with something on the table.

“But it was a much more positive second half.

“You could tell there were players in there who hadn’t played together before. But there were a lot of plus points. We just need to get some of the lads up to speed and today will have done them the world of good.

“They are good players I have brought in and now they just need to gel together. That will be done over the next week and I can’t wait for our next game.”

He added: “It is frustrating when the opposition manager tells you they were lucky to get the win.

“We have come away to a top of the table side and dominated the second half without being ruthless enough in the 18 yard box.

“We are in a battle to stay in this league and we need points on the board. But there are 22 games left and lots of points to be won.

“I felt we deserved a point today with the chances we had.

“Apart from the two that went in, they only had one other shot in the first half and, in the second half, Adam Smith didn’t have a save to make.”

Stags were roared on by an excellent away following and Murray said: “I thought the fans were absolutely awesome. When they kick in and get going behind the boys it makes a real difference.

“By the way they stayed behind to clap at the end I think they really appreciated the effort and the way we went at Burton in the second half. I can’t wait until we start putting points on the board for them.”

Home manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said: “It was not a classic, but not every game through the season is going to be easy and beautiful.

“Mansfield tested us in ways that Shrewsbury did not last week.

“They had five new players and they wanted to impress, that is what they did. They will cause teams problems if they play like that.

“There are times when you have to dig in as a team and grind results out. Mansfield came here with a game plan and they tested us.

“There are times when I wish we played more football and killed games off to ease the pressure, but I am not going to criticise my players for that.

“We started to make more mistakes in the second half and Mansfield’s goal gave them more belief. I thought we looked strong and a good solid unit in the last 15 minutes.

“We can play better than that, but I am happy with the three points.”


Debutant takes positives despite defeat
mansfieldtown.net, 10th January 2015

Ravenhill reflects on disappointing loss to local rivals, but says there are positives to also be had.

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Midfielder Ricky Ravenhill, one of five players making their debut today, felt his new team were unlucky in their narrow defeat to title chasers Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.

With the Stags 2-0 down at half-time, a much improved performance, which included a goal by winger Reggie Lambe, saw the game finish 2-1 although the new midfielder took the positives from the defeat.

“I think we showed in the second half that we dominated and large parts of the game, created some good chances and did some really good things, so to come away with a 2-1 loss is very frustrating,” said the 33-year-old.

“But there are loads of positives to come out of today as well I think - some of the stuff that we did in the second half and the way we put a top of the league team to the sword.”

Despite the narrow defeat, Ravenhill believes that our team have the foundations of a strong side that can kick on and win games.

He continued: “We know we’ve got to cut out the sloppy goals and the mistakes, but I’ve seen enough hear today and what I’ve seen since I’ve been here in training to know that we’ve got a good set of lads with a lot of ability in the team and I think we have a bit of everything now to go forward.

“There has been a lot of taking information on board this week - trying to take on and learn the way that we want to play and the way we want to do things so it will take time.”

The experienced midfielder added: “It’s is a great set of lads here. Everyone has been made to feel welcome, including myself, so that is not an issue, but like I said it will take time for things to gel fully.

“I think you look at the second half, especially for a team that has stuck five new players in, there are a lot of positives to come out of it.”

Ravenhill also thanked travelling fans for their support today describing them as ‘unbelievable’ as the away support made noise throughout the 90 minutes.


Ravenhill confident Stags can claw away from dogfight

New signing Ricky Ravenhill has no doubts Mansfield Town can pull away from trouble, despite a 2-1 defeat on his debut at high-flying Burton Albion.


The midfielder, one of five Mansfield debutants at the Pirelli Stadium, helped lead a great second half fightback after Stags had gone 2-0 down by the break.

Despite many of the team being strangers to each other, Ravenhill has already seen enough for him to think they can turn the season around.

“I am very confident,” he said, “I know we have got to cut out sloppy goals and mistakes. But I have seen enough here today and in training to know we’ve got some very good players.

“There is a lot of ability here and a bit of everything to go forward and win games in this league.

“We will gel sooner than later as we can’t afford to take too long. We will nail down what needs nailing down.

“We have taken a lot of information on board this week, trying to learn the way we want to play and do things.

“They are a great set of lads and everyone has been made very welcome including myself.

“It will take time for things to fully gel, but the way the team performed with five new players in it was really positive.”

On the Burton defeat, he said: “We more than matched them, if not better, and that’s the frustrating thing. They are second in the table yet they are no better than us.

“It was a frustrating debut. But I think we showed in the second half we dominated large parts of the game and created some good chances. We did some really good things.

“But we’ve come away losing 2-1 and that’s going to sit hard tonight until we can clear our heads and go again.

“The positives were that today we’ve gone away to a team at the top and really gave it a go. But we gave ourselves a mountain to climb with those two goals in the first half. After that we had the better of it and at least deserved a point.”

He added: “Our fans were unbelievable. They were brilliant all game, trying to suck the ball into the net behind that goal in the second half.

“I knew what they were all about before I came here and they didn’t let us down today.”


Burton Albion boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink knew Mansfield would be a difficult side to beat
Burton Mail, By Tom Sloan

JIMMY Floyd Hasselbaink recorded a fifth win in five home games since taking over Burton Albion - but admitted Mansfield were a tough nut to crack.

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The Brewers beat the Stags 2-1 at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday but had to dig deep against a side fighting to arrest their slide down the League Two table.

Hasselbaink also said that expectation played a part in the match.

"Luton was quite hard, Shrewsbury was quite hard and this was hard but different because of expectation," he said.

"Everybody just thinks Mansfield is coming and Burton is just going to walk all over them.

"That's not the case, that's not going to happen in this league.

"Nobody just lies down and you have to take the game to them, whoever it is.

"It was difficult in a different way and I must say they asked us questions.

"Also, we could not prepare this week for Mansfield as we wanted because they had five new players.

"If you see they played a totally different way than they used to. They used to play a 3-5-2 and against us they played a four.

"It gave us a little bit of a problem."

Despite the problems - and the fact Albion had to defend for periods of the second half as they played against the wind - the Brewers had enough to see off plucky Mansfield.

"It's always nice to find answers to the questions posed of you," said Hasselbaink. "We battle on.

"Can we get a little bit more football in? We are trying. We're trying to get a bit more control and a bit more passing and that kind of stuff.

"Hopefully that will get better."



Young midfielder happy with first Football League strike

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The gaffer has been practicing free kicks with myself and Damo all week and it has paid off"

"I have waited too long to be honest" admitted Matty, "I was really pleased to score today and help get the three points and hopefully I can add a few more in the next few games. The gaffer has been practicing free kicks with myself and Damo [Damien McCrory] all week and it has paid off. Hopefully I can add to my tally next week.

As a spectacle it was the archetypal game of two halves with Albion dominating the first period and establishing a two goal lead before Mansfield took advantage of the windy conditions to get an early second half goal and throw everything at their hosts in search of an equaliser.

"I thought first half we did well as a team" Matty explained, "Obviously the conditions helped us in the first half and in the second half made it very difficult but I think all in all we coped with it well and got a good three points."

"They came out and put us under pressure and got an early goal which didnt help us and with the windy conditions it made getting out and getting up the pitch more difficult but we coped with it quite well in the end and deserved the points."

"With the wind as it was you couldnt play too long as it would come straight back at you so we had to play the conditions and we decided after their goal to pass it a bit more. I think we can do that better but we can learn from that and put it into practice next week."

Albion now face two tough looking away fixtures with a trip to Fratton Park to take on Portsmouth next on the list for Matty and the team and it is one of the fixtures that the young midfielder is relishing being a part of.

"They are the sort of games you look forward to. Portsmouth are a massive team in this league but we are looking forward to it and hoping we can go there and get another win."

The last few games have seen Palmer featuring in a wide midfield role rather than the central midfield role that supporters are used to seeing him in but the talented and versatile youngster is enjoying a role that gives him more chance to get forward.

"It's different and it takes a bit of getting used to but I'm enjoying it and getting more freedom going forward and that definitely helped me today."


Reggie Lambe @ReggieNaldo
Devastating loss, but want to thank everyone for celebrating my goal with me, the support means a lot. #ThankYouAll

Martin Riley @LifeofRiley6
Gutted with that result after that second half performance. Tough game with the wind but conceding two set pieces not good enough #stags



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