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9th October 2015 23:24

Hard work is paying off for Murray
mansfieldtown.net, 3rd October 2015, by Nick Lough

Stags’ boss Adam Murray believes the determination his players put in on the training pitch is key in the making of memorable moments like the victory at Dagenham & Redbridge this afternoon.

Speaking to the press after the sensational 4-3 victory that saw the visitors come from two goals down to wrap up the three points through late strikes from Krystian Pearce and Adi Yussuf, Murray admitted he struggled to contain his emotions when the ball hit the back of the net.

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Murray said: “I’m not exactly sure what I did but I know I wasn’t in the technical area!

“This is what we do it for, we work hard and I tell the boys that the monotonous work in our preparations are for moments like that. It’s a massive win and great to put back-to-back wins together.”

The Daggers proved stern competition for Mansfield after coming from behind themselves to take a 3-1 lead in the match before the late comeback by the Stags and Murray spoke about what was needed to secure another victory on the road.

“There are a couple of teams in this league I don’t like playing against because I think they’re very good in certain aspects of what they do, and Dagenham is one of them.

“Wayne (Burnett, Daggers’ manager) has got them playing, attacking-wise, where in a way it’s hard to play against and you’ve seen first half they caused all kinds of problems. But we don’t settle for second best and the lads push each other every minute of every day.

“It was a massive wake-up call in terms of when we spoke on Tuesday about the type of opposition we would be coming up against today. It was disappointing for the first 40 minutes because we didn’t take the plan in to practice like we did on Tuesday, and we got punished for it.

“We had an immense second-half; the desire to win and the passion for the shirt not to give in and not let your team-mates [give in] and have that belief we spoke about to push on and win.”

Murray made the decision to take off Jack Thomas just after Matt Green’s penalty brought the scoreline back to 3-2, replacing him with forward Adi Yussuf. Murray stated his reasons for the first-half change along with sharing his opinions on why the Stags were able to grind out a fantastic late win that sends them within a point of the automatic promotion spots.

Murray continued: “One of our main strengths this season so far has been our defensive resolve, our structure and organisation as well as our discipline.

“We didn’t show that, which was the wake-up call I mentioned, and we had to sacrifice Jack [Thomas] after the first part of the game because we needed to put it on them and put them under a lot more stress than we were doing. It was nothing against Jack, just a tactical change and it worked.”

With the fans in full voice and the players showing they can fight together arm-in-arm, Murray believes his tight-knit group are always capable of battling their way out of any corner they are put in to.

Murray rounded off by saying: “We don’t die and we refuse to let each other down. As staff and as players we are a family and you saw our fans today; simply, wow.

“When the chips are down we are learning to fight together, which over the past few years that hasn’t always been the case. At this moment in time we are all fighting the same battle.”


Adam Murray relieved and delighted as Mansfield Town survive ‘wake-up call’ in Dagenham thriller
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

While being as pleased as punch with his side, Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray described today’s sensational 4-3 win at Dagenham & Redbridge as a ‘massive wake-up call’.

He also revealed there was a half-time bust-up among his players in the dressing room after a first half in which Stags squandered an early lead to go 3-1 down before Matt Green’s spot kick success gave them a lifeline.

Then it took two late goals by Krystian Pearce and Adi Yussuf to snatch the points just when it looked like a one-way second half might see the east Londoners hold on.


“That was a massive wake-up call,” said boss Murray.

“We spoke from Tuesday about the type of opposition we’d be coming up against today. It was one that as a manager and a coach it was difficult to plan for because their position at the minute doesn’t represent the good players they’ve got and the good manager they’ve got.

“The kind of attacking team they are, they will always cause you a lot of threat. So it was a disappointing first 40 minutes because we didn’t put the plan into practice like we did on Tuesday and got punished for it.

“But my team were immense second half with their desire to win and their passion for the shirt, not to give in or let their team mates down and keep going. Also to have that belief to push on.”

He added: “I did expect a game like that. There are a couple of teams in this league that I don’t like playing against because I think they are very good in certain aspects of what they do, and Dagenham are one of them.

“Wayne (Burnett) has got them playing attacking-wise in a way that at times it’s hard to play against them. You saw first half they caused us all kinds of problems.”

Before the game Stags had the third best goals against record in the entire Football League with only six conceded. So, having let in three in 45 minutes, tempers flared at the break in a heated dressing room inquest of what had gone wrong.

“We had a bit of a bust-up at half-time,” said Murray. “The lads went for each other. It was head to head, but it got broke up.

“That’s what winners do. They don’t settle for second best. We push each other every minute of every day and we got the reaction second half that we wanted.”

The winning goal came from sub Yussuf - his first League goal.

“I am over the moon for Adi to get that goal as he has worked his so-and-so’s off and he deserved it,” said Murray, who got so carried away with celebrating the goal he couldn’t remember what happened.

“I’m not actually sure what I did, but I wasn’t in the technical area, I know that,” he said

“But this is what we do it for. We work hard and like I said to the boys, sometimes the monotonous work we do in our preparation is for moments like that.

“It’s a massive win and it’s great to put back-to back wins together.

“One of our main strengths this season so far has been our defensive resolve, our structure, and our organisation and discipline, and we didn’t show that first half. So it was a wake-up call.

“At half-time I asked them to be the players they are. Some of those players can go on to play at a much higher level - they are only young lads.

“We had to sacrifice Jack Thomas after the first part of the game as we needed to put it on them and put them under a lot more stress then we were. It was nothing against Jack - just a tactical change, and it worked.”

He added: “We don’t die. We refuse to let each other down. As staff, as players, we are a family. You’ve seen our fans today - wow, they were incredible.

“Dagenham is three hours, three and a half hours for some, but we are a family and we stick together. When the chips are down we are learning to fight together.

“That hasn’t been the case for a few years at this club. “Everyone has fought in different directions. At this moment in time we are all fighting the same battle. As long as we do that we’ll be fine.

“We were good second half, but when you come to places like this, we knew they needed the win and we know what it’s like. We were there last season. You suffer in confidence.

“For me Dagenham have got one of the best managers in the league. He has got some great ideas and over the years the teams he has put together have been superb. We’ve seen what they did to us first half.

“Obviously that little bit of a lack of confidence they have in their group, we had to play on it. Like Crawley, we knew it would be a weakness.

“We are over the moon with the win, but like I said on Tuesday, congratulations are the seeds of complacency.”

Stags’ opening goal was a stunning volley from left back Mal Benning on his weaker right foot. But it was no surprise to Murray, who said: “That was from the training ground. Like I say we work on things, and one of them is getting our full backs overloaded in certain areas. He nearly had one on Tuesday. But what a finish.

“Also, the way that Adi at that time in the game got into the position for the final goal, then the composure on his weaker foot for the final goal was superb.”

Now Stags will unwind from the rigours of their first back-to-back wins of the season inside five tough days.

“Saturday/Tuesdays are always hard,” said Murray. “We will have some good recovery time now and the boys can enjoy what’s been a super week for us. But we will push on again now and we are back at home next week.

“I’ve never had three triple bypasses before in a game. Today was good, it was bad, it was unrealistic at times. It was frustrating at times and it was super at times.

“We passed it so well at times and did the ugly stuff when we had to, put them under stress and won second balls.

“Tonight belongs to the players for their endeavour and their work rate and their togetherness. They had to dig deep together as a group today, and they did it.

“You saw our supporters at the end and what it meant to them. Again it was ridiculous support, so let’s go through this journey together and see where we end up.”


Yussuf elated to repay parents' faith
mansfieldtown.net, 3rd October 2015, by Nick Lough

Mansfield Town forward Adi Yussuf was thrilled to notch his first goal for the Stags after signing from Oxford City in the summer, thanking his parents for their belief in his abilities.

The Tanzanian striker beat two defenders before sliding the ball past Dagenham goalkeeper Liam O’Brien from an acute angle to secure a dramatic late victory for the Nottinghamshire club, and he had quite a few people to credit in his post-match interview.

“Obviously I’m glad to get off the mark but the main thing is that it was a good team performance and I just want to thank all the boys, all the staff and my Mum and Dad who have always had faith in me,” said Yussuf.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/yussuf-elated-to-repay-parents-faith-2725918.aspx#lmufeeoB5jiC2OW5.99

“I just wanted to pay them back and score, all the praise goes to them really, the hard work has paid off and I have to kick on from now.”

The former Burton Albion striker celebrated after the match with his mother and father on the touchline and he spoke about how he was desperate to put a smile on their faces with a first goal for his new club.

“My Mum and Dad have been to every game since I was about 10 so I owe them because they’ve been through thick and thin for me.

“I just wanted to pay them back and everyone here too. The gaffer has always had faith in me and I wanted to pay him back too because he’s been there for me from day one.”

Talking about the moment that settled the match in favour of the Stags, Yussuf stated that he didn’t have the opportunity to reflect on what he was going to do with the ball when he collected it from Matt Green, going on to speak about the team’s ‘never say die attitude’ to clinch the last-gasp winner.

“I didn’t even think about it, I just thought be positive and score and that I could get the win here. I’m just glad I scored and paid back all the people that have put so much faith in me.

“Our team spirit has been brilliant. Everyone goes out together, everyone is friends so the team spirit is wicked, and when you’ve got that there is always a chance. We’ve got the never-give-up mentality and today we have shown it.

“Anything is possible with hard work. We shall just see what happens.”

A humble player with an attitude to succeed, there will be no lavish celebrations in the Yussuf household tonight, with the striker insisting on the ‘same old’ relaxation time with his loved ones.

He continued: “I was playing Conference North last year so it’s good to be back here [at this level] and to score is just a dream come true to be fair. I’ll spend time with my family and girlfriend tonight and just chill.”



Adi Yussuf repays faith shown in him with Mansfield Town winner
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

Mansfield Town match-winner Adi Yussuf dedicated his first Football League goal to everyone who has had faith in him after his late strike saw Stags snatch a thrilling game 4-3 at Dagenham & Redbridge yesterday.

A proven goalscorer at Conference South level with Oxford City, the Stags’ summer signing has had few opportunities in the first team so far, but yesterday grabbed the headlines.


“Obviously the main thing was that we won, but I am glad to get off the mark,” he smiled.

“It was a good team performance and I just want to thank all the boys, all the staff, my mum and dad and everyone. They’ve always had faith in me and I just wanted to pay them back and score.

“The hard work paid off and I have obviously got to kick on from now.”

After he had scored Yussuf raced over to celebrate with his family, and said: “Mum and dad have been to every game since I was 10, so I owe them really.

“They have through thick and thin for me and I just wanted to pay them back. They have been there from day one.”

Yussuf said when his chance came he didn’t think too much about it, just happy to see it hit the net.

“I thought just be positive and score,” he said. “I can get the winner here. I am just glad I scored it and paid back all the people who have shown so much faith in me.

“To play in a game like that and score the winner, it’s a dream come true to be fair.”

Stags trailed 3-1 after squandering an early lead, but Yussuf said the side’s never-say-die attitude always gave them hope.

He said: “Our team spirit has been brilliant. Everyone here are friends, and when you’ve got that there is always a chance.

“We have always got that mentality of never giving up - today we’ve shown it.”

Stags are now in the top six, and he added: “Anything is possible with hard work, so we will see what happens.

“The goal is promotion, but today was just a win and we have to push on. We can’t get too excited.

“We have got to celebrate, obviously, but it’s back to square one on Monday.

“I will celebrate tonight by just spending time with my family and girlfriend and just chill.”


Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett told BBC London 94.9:

"The goals were a joke. An absolute joke. Our players were not good enough.
"I could single out individuals, but collectively we've all been beat.
"From the off, every ball that went into the box from a corner or a free kick, they won every header."


MATCH REACTION: Wayne Burnett Post Mansfield
Sat 03 Oct 2015, daggers.co.uk

Daggers boss Wayne Burnett speaks after the 4-3 defeat at home to Mansfield
Burnett laments the Daggers defending after surrendering a two goal lead.

“We should have won, we’re 3-1 up and we gave away a penalty. We’ve given a needless goal away and its changed the complexion of the game. We came out and we didn’t perform in the second half and we defended deep. They won every header, our players today weren’t good enough.”

Read more at http://www.daggers.co.uk/news/article/daggers-dagenham-and-redbridg-mansfield-town-wayne-burnett-2725608.aspx#CxWOTwsIlZdhtG1r.99

“We relinquish possession in our defending third, it was criminal how we conceded the second goal. At 3-2, Cureton had a chance then went passed the post and they went up the other end and scored. It is not a coincidence why we keep getting beat, we’re not good enough at the moment and that is individually and collectively.”

“We’ve lost players that would drive the team forward but we have players that are driving the team forward but we don’t have enough of them. We need men in the team, we shouldn’t be getting be in the position we were in. The minimum requirement is a draw for the second half score line because that would have meant we won the game.”

“We’ve tried everything with the players, we’ve tried giving them tough love and putting our arm around them but the players keeping making individual errors. Sometimes the other teams have got better players and that is a fact. But we should be winning this game today but players are making incorrect decisions with and without the ball.”

Daggers Player subscribers can watch the full video with Wayne by clicking here.



Nathan Thomas @Naththomas19
That's how champions win, never say die attitude and unbelievable team spirt! What a win #stags
Not enough been said about this guys goal today @Mal_1993 wow is all I can say #screamer

Mal Benning @Mal_1993
right foot shank much love nath boyyy

Mal Benning @Mal_1993
Shoutout to the main man @adiyussuf , fully deserved brother

Nathan Thomas @Naththomas19
Massive shout out to the beast that is @adiyussuf on the winner and first league goal #gamechanger #beast

Brian Jensen @jensen_com
Only one beast pal

Nathan Thomas @Naththomas19
sorry big man

Brian Jensen @jensen_com
Adi can have it after that goal #minibeast

Ryan Tafazolli @RyanTafazolli
Massive shout out my dog @adiyussuf hardest working guy, paid off today

Big win today from the staff to the players who played and subs everyone stuck together big shout out the fans aswell @mansfieldtownfc

Reggie Lambe @ReggieNaldo
Buzzing with today's result #stags!!!

John Radford @JRadfordMTFC
Lost for words. Incredible fightback from Adam and the boys. Massive well done. Stags are on the march!!! Come on You Stags!!!



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