MURRAY, TAFAZOLLI, GREEN, RUSS WILCOX REACTION
Adam Murray believes Mansfield Town are on the right path after York City win
Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray believes his side are on the path to success after yesterday 2-1 win at York City.
A Matt Green doubled help Stags overturn an early deficit to secure all three points and move to eighth in the tabl
Focused Murray has previously spoken of his belief that Stags can clinch a play-off place this campaign.
And Stags looked every bit play-off contenders as they sealed their second away win in three games.
Murray said: “My aim this season is to make sure our fans never go through what they went through last season. My team wants success and we are hungry.
“We can still be more clinical in the final third from other people, we are getting into great areas. When the building blocks keep coming like they are, when we reach 1oo per cent full throttle, we are going to be a team in this league.
“York are tough team to play against and set up like we did a few years ago, but we have to defend and grind out points if we have to.
“We defended well and showed a lot of energy, this is a building block for us to climb up the table.
“We showed we can play today. The movement and speed of our play was excellent at times, what we need to do now is carry it on for 90 mins.
“We spoke all week about how their strengths were set pieces, so to concede one that early was disappointing.
“But the character shown by the lads after that was super, we got on the front foot from then.
“We work hard on our organisation, as a player I know working on that stuff day can be a bit tiring working on it day in and day out, but when you know it inside out as a unit, you can be tough to breakdown. We showed that today.”
“Overall, it showed a complete performance and that we can do all sides of the cylinder. It’s a massive three points.”
Delighted Murray was also full of praise for striker Matt Green, who got over last week’s penalty miss to earn is side all the points.
“I heard a comment in the week that Greeny is not the same, which made me laugh. I’ve never heard anything like it,” added Murray.
“Whether it would have taken eight or nine games to get off the mark,Greeny scores goals.
“His work ethic is superb. The guy is a monster and his second goal was great play.”
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Matt Green told Charlie Slater of Radio Nottingham:
"It feels like a long time since I got on the scoresheet. I know it's just 4 games but persistance pays off. Full credit to the manager who had full belief in me.
The first one a little bit fortunate but that goes in and gives me the confidence to take the second one.
The first one came at me so quickly and it was just pure instinct. When there's a bit of pressure on you to score a goal and you put pressure on yourself, sometimes you can't see where it's going to come from. But right place right time.
For the second one I showed what I can do.
I've got a good record against York but it's good to come back and kill those demons (about being sent off here last time he played, in the play off semi final).
I haven't set targets for this season. If there's a goal to be scored, I try and score it. I'll try and score as many as I can."
(transcribed by Martin Shaw)
Tafazolli praises team mates after win
mansfieldtown.net, 29th August 2015
Commanding centre-half Ryan Tafazolli paid credit to his team-mates after a well-earned 2-1 victory at York City today.
The 6ft 4in defender was an imposing figure in a Stags' back line which was rarely breached after York's sixth minute opener from Reece Thompson.
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And Tafazolli, a contender for Man-of-the-Match reserved praise only for his team mates after the victory at Bootham Crescent, particularly Matt Green - the scorer of both goals.
"It was an excellent performance all round. We started very well and even though we conceded, [we] stuck to the game plan and dictated play in the first half," he said.
"A lot of credit has to go to Greeny (Matt Green). He works so hard daily and we joked during the week that his first goal would be a deflection and then they'd start coming along like London buses!
"His first was a bit of good fortune but with the second he really showed his class with a good finish after working hard to get the ball."
On his new defensive partner Krystian Pearce, Tafozolli said: "It's good to play with Pearcey, he makes it easier to play at the back and it's been a pleasure so far.
"I know if I miss anything he'll be round me there to sweep up because he's got very good pace. We understand each other very well.
"I also think a lot of credit has to go to Adam Chapman, Chris Clements and Mitch Rose in front of us. Sometimes, the hard work they do goes unseen but they protect us really well. Collo's (Lee Collins) helped us a lot too. He's come back from injury and in training we've been pushing to perform good defensive partnerships.
"As you get to understand the people you're playing with the morale and team understanding increases every week. These players the gaffer (Adam Murray) has brought in are very good, and I think he deserves lot of credit because in the first half we must've strung together 15-20 passes in some passages of play
"Obviously when we went 2-1 up they were always going to put pressure on us but we showed our resilience towards the end and ground out a victory.
"It shows the togetherness and also the team spirit, which is massive this year.
"We're a tight-knit squad and it showed massively toward the end of the game. We all demanded a lot from each other and everyone came up with the goods."
York City boss Russ Wilcox admits to striker problems
York Press,by Dave Flett
YORK City boss Russ Wilcox believes his team’s attacking potency has been blunted by injury.
The Minstermen chief saw Reece Thompson score his second goal of the season during a 2-1 home defeat to Mansfield but the 21-year-old summer recruit from Frickley Athletic is the only striker to net during the club’s first seven fixtures.
During that period, Jake Hyde’s contributions have been limited by the recurring problems that saw him miss the whole of pre-season and, as a consequence, Emile Sinclair has also been rushed back into the squad following the thigh injury he suffered in March.
Vadaine Oliver, meanwhile, has started every match this term, but is yet to open his account for City, with Wilcox adding: “You have to make your chances count but we put a few over and a few wide (against Mansfield).
“There were also crosses flashing across the box and we needed somebody in there with a bit more instinct, but we’re still suffering with our strikers. Emile Sinclair is still trying to get up to speed and Jake Hyde is out injured again.
“Vadaine also needs a goal - we all know that. There was lots of huffing and puffing from him, but they dealt with him well.
“Reece scored again and looks the most likely to score for us at the moment but we need two or three others to chip in. We are working on it with finishing drills and, as a striker, you have to get between the sticks and then it’s down to execution.
“But I know we have strikers who can score goals. They just need confidence and belief.” Wilcox also bemoaned a lack of quality against Mansfield, who secured the points after Matt Green’s first-half brace cancelled out Thompson’s sixth-minute opener.
He said: “We’ve wasted a great opportunity to get into the top half of the table because a win would have taken us into 12th place. We scored first and had enough attempts at their goal but our quality was poor in terms of the final ball and final execution.
“I know there’s better quality in the dressing room than we showed out there and I feel we have a better group of players than I inherited last season, so we should be doing better than we did then and I play a part in that too because I pick the team and choose the formation.”
Wilcox went on to express his frustration that the team were trailing by the half-hour mark despite netting first.
“It’s disappointing not to manage the period after scoring that first goal with a good finish from Reece,” the City boss admitted. “We’ve got enough experience in the team to do that but we got undone from their first corner when we didn’t deal with the second ball and left Matt Green unmarked to score in the middle of the goal.
“He scored a second on the counter attack and we knew that’s how they would try and play too. It then became a bit of a desperate game in the second half.”
Luke Summerfield (foot) and Thompson (groin) were also replaced after suffering recurrences of previous injuries and Wilcox will be assessing their conditions before deciding whether he might bolster his ranks before the transfer window closes on Tuesday.
“We will have to look at Luke and Reece and decide whether we want to something, but we also have a big squad to choose from if we need to freshen things up,” the City manager reasoned.
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