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6th January 2016 22:35

Murray wants Stags to find cutting edge
mansfieldtown.net, 2nd January 2016

Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray says his side need to be more clinical after seeing the Stags defeated 3-2 by Accrington Stanley this afternoon.

Stanley winger Piero Mingoia gave the visitors the lead inside three minutes before striker Matt Green hit a brilliant equaliser to go into half-time level.

Second half goals from ex-Stag Billy Kee and substitute Terry Gornell ensured the three points went back to Lancashire, despite Chris Clements’ late free-kick.

After Green’s first-half equaliser, Stags enjoyed a dominant spell of possession leading up to half-time and Murray believes his side should have capitalised on some impressive build-up play.

“I think we’ve conceded three awful goals and then we’re nowhere near as clinical as we need to be at the other end.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/murray-post-accrington-2880064.aspx#jOMwcgy8qsQz2fVg.99

“We had two great chances where, if we’re clinical and we’re ruthless and we have a little bit more ‘X-Factor’, then it’s 3-1 and we go in at half-time and we’ve turned it around,” Murray continued.

“We can’t be on top in games and not finish them off, that’s the turning point for me today. When we got on top in the first half, we’ve got to finish them off there and then and go into half-time 3-1 [up].

“For half an hour [in the] first half, we made them look ordinary but then we concede a poor second goal and you’re chasing it (the game). Then they get the third one and [it’s] game over.”

Matt Green, who celebrates his 29th birthday today, was forced off in the second half after being on the receiving end of strong challenge just before half-time and Murray says the striker attempted to play on, despite being in pain.

“At half-time, he said ‘I don’t think I can carry on’ and we’ve asked him to dig in but 'he couldn’t run'. We’ve had to try and change it around and obviously you’re putting another player on who’s not 100%.

“We’ve chucked Adi [Yussuf] on to try and help us out but like I said before the game, he only had 15-20 minutes in him [because of a groin problem].

“We’ll assess him (Green) tomorrow and see how bad it is.”

Although Murray believes his side could’ve won the game by converting some of the chances they created in the first half, the gaffer says the visitors are a strong side.

“You’ve got to give them credit, they are where they are [in the league] because they’re a good team. They’ve got some of the best players in the league and at times that showed today - that definitive pass, that little bit of movement that makes the difference,” Murray said.

Murray added: “If we play on the front foot, we’re a very good team. For half an hour, we looked like the team we can be and what we were for the first quarter of the season and there’s not many [teams] that will live with us when we’re like that.

“The teams that are in the top three and the top seven do that for ninety minutes, yes you’ll have an off-day, [but] you can’t just turn up for thirty minutes."

"I’ll keep giving my all and that’s all I can do but we know when we’re on our game, we’re a match for anybody in this league.”

You can watch Murray’s post-match interview, in full, on Stags Player.


Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray plays down transfer window hopes
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

Adam Murray admitted the club may struggle to afford to do what he’d like to in the January transfer window as Mansfield town’s poor home results continued with today’s 3-2 defeat by Accrington Stanley.

To make matters worse, birthday boy Matt Green scored then limped off after trying to play on following an awful tackle and the club will assess his injury tomorrow.

Stags are now 12th and Murray knows his side will struggle to stay with the play-off pace without help.

“You can’t concede goals like we do at the moment and expect to be fighting at the right end of the table,” he said.

Read more: http://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/local-sport/mansfield-town-boss-adam-murray-plays-down-transfer-window-hopes-1-7653219#ixzz3wAcU19Mi

“When we have a large number of kids in the team we can look naïve like we did today, for all their ability.

“It is what it is. We are where we are as a football club. We don’t have the privilege of going out and signing three or four X-factor players. We have to scrap for everything we can do.

“If these boys have an off day it’s not for want of trying. They work hard and that’s all we can ask of them.

“We are going to lack in certain areas as we’re not paying them £2-3,000 a week. They will keep giving their all and I will keep giving my all.

“The turning point for me today was when we got on top in the first half we had to finish them off.”

On the January window, he said: “It depends what the football club wants to do. We are trying our best.

“Anything that can come into any team in the country and it can affect your team and make you better - and you can do it, then fine. But if you can’t do it, you have to fight with what you’ve got and people have to understand that.

“We are not blessed, with 5,000, 6,000, 7,000, 8,000 fans every week. If we want to do something the chairman has to pay for it out of his own bank - would you do that??“We are all doing our best here - the chairman, the board, the players, the staff and will continue to do that and ultimately end up where we deserve to end up.”

Stags once again began a home match on the back foot as classy Accrington tore into them and Murray said: “That game was like putting a gun to your head and shooting yourself.

“We have conceded three awful goals and then we are nowhere near as clinical as we need to be at the other end.

“It was an awful start again which people have got to take responsibility for now as it’s becoming a joke.

“Then we get back to 1-1 and for me there was only one team in it and we had two great chances where, if we are clinical, ruthless and have a little bit more X-factor, we are 3-1 up and we go in at half-time having turned it around.

“We were on the front foot now and finally kicked into gear, then you lose Matt Green and you are on the back foot again.

“He is struggling and this is the frustrating thing as the ref said he’d not seen it but the linesman was only 10 yards away and he’s not seen it.

“It could have finished Greeny, he’s gone straight through him. At half-time he said he didn’t think he could carry on. He couldn’t run. He couldn’t move.”

He added: “We had a game plan, but that’s no good if people are going to go off doing their own thing.

“When we play with energy, zest and confidence we are a very good team, but we have this habit of going through the motions in games and it’s killing us. We should have been out of sight at half-time after that initial period.

“Accrington are a very good side, you’ve got to give them credit and they are where they are as they are a very good team.

“For half an hour we made them look ordinary. But we conceded a poor second goal, then you’re chasing it. Then they get the third and it’s game over.”


Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman relieved to see gamble pay off in win at Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman was relived to see his positive, bold second half substitution win the day and shoot his side back into the play-offs with yesterday’s 3-2 win at Mansfield Town.

Against the run of play, the Stags had hit back to level at 1-1 and were taking over the game.

So, away from home, Coleman bravely gambled on taking off a defender and sending on Terry Gornell who then made a goal and scored one.

“We could have been out of sight in the first 15 to 20 minutes as we created some good chances,” he said.

Read more: http://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/local-sport/accrington-stanley-boss-john-coleman-relieved-to-see-gamble-pay-off-in-win-at-mansfield-town-1-7653241#ixzz3wAcw2Nb4

“We played some great football, but then gave an absolute calamity of a goal away.

“Mansfield then stepped up their game and got the crowd behind them and gave as good as they got for the next 20 minutes.

“They started the second half a lot better than us and were the better team for 20 or 25 minutes.”

Coleman admitted: “We had a choice, whether to try to hold out for a draw or try to win the game.

“I am a firm believer in always trying to take all three points so we took a defender off and put a centre forward on.

“It paid dividends for us. Terry (Gornell) had a hand in the second goal and scored the third.

“Sometimes things go for you when you make a decision like that. It could have easily backfired.

“We should have seen the game out more comfortably. We were hanging on (at the end) when the game should never have got to that stage in terms of the chances we created.”


Billy Rodney Kee @billykee29
Great win today buzzing and buzzing for my mate @Terrygornell fully deserved and @mingoiap for well he does week in week out



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