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25th November 2015 21:27

Murray ‘chuffed to bits’ for strikers
mansfieldtown.net, 21st November 2015

Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray heaped praise on strikers Matt Green and Adi Yussuf, whose goals helped us to a 3-1 win over Hartlepool United today.

Green’s brace, along with a thunderous strike by Adi Yussuf secured all three points for the Stags after Krystian Pearce’s own goal got Hartlepool a fortuitous equaliser before half-time.

The boss was delighted to see Green regain his golden touch in front of goal.

“I’m over the moon. When you’re somebody like Matt Green, people make it out to be worse than what it is," said Murray, speaking to the media after the win.

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“The lad hasn’t played for two years [previously, because of injury]. He’s in his 18th game and we knew it was going to take time with Greeny. Everybody builds it up that Matt Green is the only one in the team who can score goals, for five games no one else has scored but nobody’s said anything about that.

“If you look at Greeny’s game over the past seventeen games, he’s been improving every week.”

After seeing the frontman take his tally for the season to six goals, Murray believed his striker needed one to go in ‘off his shin’ to build his confidence back up.

“Even though he’s a strong believer in his own ability, like we all are, he needed that little burst of confidence. The two goals were proper striker's goals, he kept getting in there today and he just needed that first one to come off his shin.

“He’s highly thought of in our league and the leagues above, not just for his goals but for his overall game. He’s a big part of our football team.”

The gaffer also had praise for Green’s strike partner, Adi Yussuf, who came on as a second half substitute and scored within two minutes to put the Stags ahead.

“Adi doesn’t surprise me. You look at Adi’s games, every time he’s come on he’s got a chance.

“Goals are going to come with Adi, goals are going to come with Greeny, [Craig] Westcarr’s got goals in him, [Chris] Beardsley’s been injured for a bit but he’s someone who gives us a different option - he can be the battering ram so the other boys to do the good stuff. I know I’ve got goals in my team.”

After celebrating a year in charge of the Stags, Murray, who has brought the club on leaps and bounds during his tenure, said: “We’re all learning, I’m a year into the job and I’d like to think I’ve brought the club on leaps and bounds.

“I think there’s a real togetherness [at the club]. There’s a real drive to stick together and be successful. Obviously the tactical and the technical side has changed a lot and we’ve moved at a rapid speed.

“We’ve got no given right to win any game, we almost got relegated last year. We need to keep perspective of who we are, we don’t get 9,000 [fans] every week, we haven’t got the resources to get 30 players that are League One standard so to be where we are, we’re blessed.”


Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray marks anniversary with crucial win
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

Adam Murray marked his first anniversary of taking over as manager at Mansfield Town today with a much-needed 3-1 home win over Hartlepool United.

It was a first win in five, ended a goal drought of 474 minutes and his under-pressure centre forward Matt Green weighed in with a brace to sew up a near perfect day for Murray.?“We took our chances today,” he smiled.

“You look at that first 30 minutes we created a hell of a lot of chances. There were a lot of balls that got whipped across the face and you do start wondering if it’s going to be one of those day again.

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“But we’ve know for a long time there is goals in us and it was only a matter of time of it coming.

“I though the performances all round today were superb.”

Murray was upset that a few Stags fans chose to hurl abuse at him and the team with the scores locked at 1-1 at the break, though stressed it was a small minority.

He said: “I was a little disappointed with certain parts of the ground today. But I’ve been here 13 years now so I get used it.

“We are drawing 1-1 and we come off at half-time and myself and the lads have took abuse that we are not ‘effing’ good enough, and need to sort ourselves out. Yet we are sitting sixth in the league.

“It’s probably only about half a per cent, but for people to even have that mindset, the place does baffle me sometimes.

“But on a positive note, the 99.5 per cent of fans were exceptional for us today. They stuck with us. There was a little bit of anxiousness round the ground today and it was very quiet for the first 20 minutes.

“I keep saying, at times they are going to have to get us going when we have little spells like we have done. We need them to raise the roof for us. It can’t just be us scoring goals all the time. At times we need them to do it for us and at times through this little rough patch we’ve needed them.

“Overall I am really chuffed for the fans and the players and we needed that result.”

Someone else who needed today was striker Green with pressure growing on him to find the net.

“When you have someone like Matt Green, everyone makes an even bigger deal of it than it is,” said Murray.

“People don’t look at the raw facts that the lad hasn’t played for nearly two years.

“We knew it was going to take time with Greeny. Everyone build it up that Matt Green is the only one in the team that can score goals. For five games no one else has scored but no one has said anything about that.

“I am absolutely chuffed to bits for Greeny. If you know the game and actually have an idea what you’re looking at, if you look at Greeny’s game over the 17 games, he has been improving his overall game every week.

“He is highly thought of in our league and the leagues above, not just for his goals but his all-round game he’s a big part of our football team.

“So for him to grab two and play the way he did, and for his mucker (Adi Yussuf) to come on and stick one in the top corner, he deserved that as well, the front boys have worked their so-and-so’s off lately and to get their rewards like that I am chuffed for them.

“I think it’s a monkey off his back. Even though he is a strong believer in his ability like we all are, he needed that little burst of confidence. And the two goals were proper striker’s goals.

“I’ve been in this game long enough to see these little patches and know you come out the other side. When you go through them the thing is to not lose your head or go off focus.

“Our performances have been very good.

“Adi doesn’t surprise me. Every time he comes on he gets a chance. Goals are going to come with him.

“Look at Nathan Thomas today, what a performance again. He puts it on a plate. People get scared when you don’t win for five games but I am confident in this group.”

On his anniversary, Murray said: “We are all learning. I am a year into the job and I’d like to think I’ve brought the club along in leaps and bounds.

“I think the mindset has changed and there is a real togetherness with 99.9 per cent. There is a real drive to stick together and be successful.

“We have moved at a rapid speed. I know people think we are a surprise package at the minute and we need to respect that. We have no given right to win any game.

“We nearly got relegated last year. We don’t get 9,000 every week. We don’t have the resources to go out and get 30 players of League One standard.

“To be where we are we are blessed and we’ve got there through hard work and the boys putting their bodies on the line.

“We are up there with the big muckers at the minute so we have to work harder.”


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Green admits relief at being back among the goals
mansfieldtown.net, 21st November 2015

Mansfield Town striker Matt Green admitted he was left relieved after netting twice during the Stags’ 3-1 win over Hartlepool United this afternoon.

The former Birmingham City forward notched either side of Adi Yussuf’s sensational strike just minutes after coming on as a substitute, and Green was glad to finally see his hard work pay off after eight matches without a goal.

“It’s great to be back on the scoresheet, it’s been a few games now but more importantly we’ve got back to winning ways and we can push on from here,” said Green.

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“There’s nothing worse than missing chances, nothing worse than going through dry spells as a striker so it’s good to get that monkey off my back, so to speak.”

For many strikers, a run of games without a goal can play on the mind the longer the spell goes on and Green admitted that although it has been difficult to battle the psychology of the matter, he has always backed his ability in front of goal.

“I never doubted myself, just sometimes you can’t see how your next goal is going to come but it’s just football. More importantly we’ve gotten back to winning ways today.

“It’s been tough to be honest; I expect to score goals, the manager expects me to score goals and the team expects me to score goals.

“We’re a team, the manager has said that and broken it down and told us if we can be solid all the way through, everything else will take care of itself."

Green continued: “I think the proof was in the pudding today and we have to take that into Tuesday. It’s given me the world of confidence again and I’m excited to play my next game.”

With both of Adam Murray’s forwards finding the back of the net in today’s win, Green was thrilled to see his good friend and team-mate Yussuf find the net - declaring that the Tanzanian striker could be key to the Stags’ success this campaign.

“I’m so happy for him as he has trained so hard; I push him and he pushes me and we’ve got a great relationship.

“Today shows his ability at such a young age and that he could be a very key player for us this season. We bounce off each other and help each other, but we all do that as team and that’s what it’s about.

“The manager is close to us as well and we’ve got a really good group here and hopefully now we can kick on.”


Matt Green delighted to be back on Mansfield town scoresheet
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

Matt Green exploded back into form with a brace in yesterday’s 3-1 home win over Hartlepool United and declared: “That feels great - it’s good to be back on the scoresheet.”

Green has been struggling for goals as the team embarked on a five game run without a goal or win which ended with a bang yesterday.

Without a goal for eight games, Green said: “It’s been a few games for me now, but more importantly it was a great win today and got us back on winning ways. We can push on from here.

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“It’s been tough to be honest as I expect to score goals, the manager expects me to score goals, the team expect me to score goals.

“But we are a team and the manager has just said if we can be solid all the way through, everything else will take care of itself.

“I think the proof was in the pudding today and we’ve got to take that into Tuesday and we’ll go again.”

Although Green slotted two superb finishes past Trevor Carson, the goal of the game was a 20 yard top corner finish for sub Adi Yussuf.

“It was a superb goal and I am so happy for him,” said Green.

“He trains so hard and he pushes me and I push him. We have a great relationship. Today shows that at a young age he could be a key player for us this season.”

Yussuf said last week that he sees Green as a brother and Green said: “It’s true. We bounce off each other and we help each other. It’s what it’s about. We do that as a team too and the manager is close to us as well.

“We’ve got a really good group here and we want to kick on.

“It is a relief. There’s nothing worse than missing chances or going through dry spells as a striker. So it’s good to get that monkey off your back so to speak.

“I never doubted myself, but sometimes you just can’t see how your goal is going to come. It’s just football.

“It’s given me the world of confidence again and I am excited to play my next game.”

He added: “The supporters were magnificent. They just need to stick with us through the good times and the bad times, and when the good times come like that today we can enjoy it.”


Second-half show costs Pools
by Nick Loughlin

HARTLEPOOL UNITED lost 3-1 at Mansfield Town - after a second-half disappointment.
The Stags went into the game without a win in five, but they powered past Pools after the break.
Home keeper Brian Jensen saved his side on 11 minutes, when Pools’ striker Mikael Mandron clipped a cross to goal and Jensen tipped it onto the bar.
Nathan Thomas was a constant menace for the Stags on the left and his delivery from wide into the area was a threat.
And they took the lead on 24 minutes - from a Thomas cross, Green beat keeper Travor Carson to the ball and popped it in from close range.
But Pools levelled with a goal from nothing.
A deep Jake Gray free-kick was headed away by Blair but it hit team-mate Kyrstian Pearce on the head and diverted into the net.
In the second-half it was all Mansfield as they took the game to Pools.
Substitute Adi Yussuf latched onto a ball on the edge of the area and creamed an unstoppable rising shot into the top corner of the net from 20 yards. Carson had no chance of saving such a wonder strike.
And Green made sure on 81 minutes, latching onto a pass eight yards out and slotting home after the visiting defence was opened up.
Pools’ Kai Naismith clipped the bar with a free-kick from 25 yards at the end.
Pools boss Ronnie Moore moaned: “It’s so frustrating - it was like chalk and cheese in both halves.
“We had to keep the ball better, move it better. We got back into the game at 1-1 and talked a good game at half-time.
“The goals we gave away were disappointing - where’s the passion and desire out there? I’m not saying they aren’t trying, but they have to defend better when they have to.
“My words at half time were that if ever there was a game to win away from home in the second-half then this was it.’’


Ronnie Moore disappointed with Hartlepool second half showing at Mansfield
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After being gifted a way back into the game, Hartlepool United boss Ronnie Moore was disappointed with his side’s second half showing in yesterday’s 3-1 defeat at Mansfield Town.

Trailing 1-0, an own goal by Krystian Pearce put the visitors back in the hunt before the home side took control and deservedly ran out winners with something to spare.

“It is frustrating. We were chalk and cheese again,” said Moore.

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“There was nothing in the game in the first half. We started the brighter, kept the ball better, moved the ball better without the final ball in the box.

“We were back in the game at 1-1. Then the goals we gave away, they’ve not even had to work for them. I’m not saying they are not trying, bit where was the passion and desire?

“I said at half-time that if ever there was a game there to be won, this was it. But you can’t play for them.

“We just needed a bit more quality in the right areas but we never started second half. We couldn’t get out.

“Their second was a good finish but you say okay let’s go again. But we never got out of second gear and that’s what annoys me.”

Moore added: “If a wonder goal was enough to win it then fine. But not the third goal. It was too easy. We don’t get chances like that. At the minute we’ve got strikers who don’t want to score.

“We’ve put enough balls to get back into the game but no one has been there to get on the end of them.

“We need to play with a bit of confidence. We’ve won two games so you’d think they’d come here and really put them under a bit of pressure.

“The game is about 90 minutes, not 45. If you can’t win it, then don’t lose.”


Nathan Thomas @Naththomas19
Guess the stags are back!! Great performance by the boys



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