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9th October 2016 23:46

Positive performances being rewarded - Murray
mansfieldtown.net, 4th October 2016

Stags’ boss Adam Murray says his side are beginning to get the luck that their performances deserve after this evening’s 1-0 win over League One side Port Vale in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Striker Matt Green came off the bench to score the winner at Vale Park and Stags more than matched their higher division opponents throughout the game.

And manager Adam Murray says his side’s performance level was similar to that of recent weeks, but they got that bit of luck which is sometimes required to win matches.

“It was a very good performance but it was no less than the performances we’ve been putting in. We took one of our chances tonight and we defended like we always defend,” Murray said.

“The work ethic and the discipline from the lads was superb and at the right time we had that little bit of quality that we needed but in terms of the performance, nothing’s changed from the last five or six games, it’s just that we had a little bit of Lady Luck tonight that we’ve not had.

“The group’s really confident, we know how good we can be, and I think I said it a couple of weeks ago and it’s hard for people to take at the time, as soon as Lady Luck swings back around again we’ll be okay, and I’m fully confident in that.”

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Last season’s top scorer Matt Green has been named amongst the substitutes for the last three matches and Murray said the former Birmingham City man, alongside a number of other players, put in strong performances in Staffordshire this evening.

“For Greeny to come on and do what he did was fantastic but I thought there was top performances all over the pitch today. Oscar [Gobern] came in and did fantastic, Hendo (Darius Henderson) was superb, he showed what he’s all about tonight, CJ [Hamilton], Ashley Hemmings [both played well].

“You’ve got to understand these guys are putting shifts in and doing discipline and tactical work that they’ve never done before and it’s tough because it’s easy to switch off when you’re a flair player but I think they’re finding that it’s alright having the flair but you’re expected to do the doggy stuff in this team.”

The gaffer handed 17-year-old Tom Marriott his first team debut this evening and Murray said he was impressed with the winger’s performance.

“I don’t he could’ve done much more to be honest with you.

“He got in to some great positions, [he's] technically very good, fitness was good, [the] tempo to match a League One team was very good and he couldn’t have done much more.

“The infrastructure, not just me, but the infrastructure that me and the people that I’ve brought in have put in place, that’s just a little product of what’s to come.

“People see us winning youth team game after youth team game and go ‘they all should be playing in League Two’ - the gap is huge, and we have to do it patiently. The reserves this season is going to bridge the gap, but I thought his performance today was outstanding.”

Adam Murray’s post-match interview is now available to view on Stags PlayerHD.


Murray pleased but not surprised as Stags end winless run

Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray was delighted but not surprised to see his side pick up their first win in eight games with tonight’s 1-0 Checkatrade EFL Trophy group match victory at Port Vale.

He admitted it was a great boost towards this weekend’s big local derby with Notts County and several players had given him selection headaches.

But he said the victory away at a League One side was no great surprise as his side had been playing well but tonight added the quality finish they were missing as sub Matt Green came on to net within three minutes in the second half.

“I was pleased with the result,” said Murray.

“The performance was what it has been for the last five or six weeks now but with that bit of luck and bit of quality we needed.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/murray-pleased-but-not-surprised-as-stags-end-winless-run-1-8163353

“I don’t think tonight tells our fans anything they don’t know. I don’t think the team or myself have anything to justify.

“So I am not going to stand here and say this makes us the champions of the world or we’re going to win the Checkatrade.

“People who know the game know the performance levels have been really high. We haven’t taken our chances in games and we’ve been sucker-punched.

“But we’ve kept our heads down and kept working hard. We’ve had a good two weeks now where we feel like we’ve brushed some things out the door and got some things back on track.

“The boys are confident, so it’s nothing we didn’t see coming or expect. That’s what we expect from our group - we showed it last season and I am confident we’ll show it this season.”

With five changes from the side that picked up a fine 1-1 draw at Crewe last weekend, Murray now has the problem of picking an XI to take on the Magpies.

“It gives me a fantastic headache, but that’s the quality of player we’ve got in the group,” he smiled.

“All that’s been missing over this past month is belief and confidence from all of us.

“This time last month I was nominated for manager of the month. I think this month some of our own fans will probably chuck me out of a window.

“But that’s the game. We are confident in what we do. We know this game can be swings and roundabouts.”

Murray admits he and the players can’t wait for the local derby.

“We’ve been planning for Saturday since quarter to five Saturday just past,” he said.

“This game we had to take care of, but our focus is on a massive game on Saturday and the boys are preparing.

“We are ready for action and we want to put a right good home performance on on Saturday.”


Teen Marriott praised for ‘outstanding’ Stags debut

Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray described 17-year-old winger Tom Marriott’s first team debut as ‘outstanding’ as he helped Stags to a 1-0 win in the Checkatrade Trophy at Port Vale last night.

The former Derby County youngster played a pre-season friendly at Carlton Town but last night made the step up to face League One opposition - and never looked out of place

“I don’t think he could have done much more to be honest,” smiled Murray.

“People don’t want to listen to my reasons, but I’ve had the job coming up to two years and I think the infrastructure me and other people have brought in and put in place - that (Marriott’s debut) was just a little product of what’s to come.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/picture-special-teen-marriott-praised-for-outstanding-stags-debut-1-8164832

“People see us winning youth team game after youth team game and think they should all be playing in League Two. The gap is huge and we have to do it patiently. The reserves this season will help bridge that gap.

“But I thought Tom’s performance today was outstanding. He got in some great positions and is technically very good. His fitness was good, his tempo to match the League One team’s tempo was good.”

Murray added: “When I first got the job we had Tom involved with us pre-season.

“He’s very clever, had a good upbringing and has good pace.

“We’ve just been waiting on his physical development and that’s come on leaps and bounds. He is never going to be 7ft high and six foot wide. But his footballing intelligence makes up for that.

“He has been doing really well and his attitude is spot on. After being in the first team at 16 he dropped back a little bit to come again and we are really chuffed with him. He’s only 17 so for him to make his debut I am excited.”


Port Vale 0, Mansfield 1: Nowhere near good enough says Michael Brown
By MikeBaggaley, October 04, 2016, stokesentinel.co.uk

PORT Vale assistant manager Michael Brown said the Valiants were nowhere near good enough as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat at home to Mansfield in front of just 1,025 fans in the Checkatrade Trophy.

The crowd was Vale's lowest for 30 years as supporters continue to snub a competition which has been controversially revamped this season to include group stages and Premier League and Championship B teams.

Port Vale assistant manager Michael Brown, right, with manager Bruno Ribeiro

Brown said those that turned up were given poor reward as the Valiants produced a hugely disappointing performance, albeit in a game in which both teams rested players.

Vale boss Bruno Ribeiro made six changes with Sunday's League One game at MK Dons in mind. But the new-look team didn't create enough against their League Two opponents as they were beaten by substitute Matt Green's 65th-minute strike.

Brown said: "It was extremely disappointing, we changed quite a lot of personnel with a view to Sunday, a real tough away game. So, there were lots of changes with giving boys a chance.

"It's a difficult one. The competition has been put down as such; there are certain benefits to it but we didn't raise our game towards progressing in the competition. Lots of boys were under par."

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That said, Brown acknowledged it can be difficult to come into the first team after playing only in the reserves. He found that on Saturday when he came back from injury to play in the 2-0 defeat at home to Coventry.

The assistant boss said: "I found that on Saturday, how hard it is to come straight out when you haven't played so much. But with this I think the adrenaline would have been slightly less with there only being 1,000 people when you are used to a slightly bigger crowd. But you still have to be professional, it is the same for both teams.

"We huffed and puffed with little parts of possession, but towards the end we didn't really create chances when we tried to put them on the back foot."

Midfielder Paulo Tavares will miss Sunday's League One game at MK Dons through suspension.

The Valiants have confirmed the 30-year-old's booking in Saturday's 2-0 defeat at home to Coventry was his fifth caution of the season, triggering a one-match ban.

In previous seasons, Tavares would have been able to serve his ban in tonight's Checkatrade Trophy fixture, but the EFL changed the rules at the start of the competition after discussions with the FA and Premier League.


Tom Marriott @TomMarriott_10
Best moment of my life making my debut for @mansfieldtownfc last night. The hard work continues. Great result for the team too.

Congratulations young @TomMarriott_10 makeing his 1st team debut tonite solid performance mate @mansfieldtownfc

Ashley Hemmings @AshHemmo23
Well done @TomMarriott_10 on making your debut last night! Played great, keep working hard bro



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