MURRAY, MEIKLE, RHEAD, BURR REACTION
audio interviews with Adam Murray and Lindon Meikle and Matt Rhead from Mansfield 103.2 --->
VIEWS FROM THE TRAINING GROUND
Kidderminster manager Steve Burr told BBC Hereford and Worcester(audio interview):
"There are too many individuals who aren't producing what we know they are capable of doing.
"Yes, we have got one or two new lads in but I know they are not producing what we expect from them.
"Collectively, if you are doing that then you are not going to win matches.
"We just want to get three points because the sooner we get three points and we're up and running the better - the longer it goes on it just makes it harder."
Footnote, in the BBC Hereford & Worcester interview, Steve Burr was asked to comment on rumours emanating from Mansfield fans that there is going to be a swap involving George Pilkington and Exodus Geohaghon:
Burr said : "Nobody's spoken to us about Exodus going to Mansfield".
Stags assistant manager Adam Murray salutes Stags' battling spirit after first win
MANSFIELD Town assistant manager Adam Murray has praised his side's fighting spirit after watching Stags seal their first win of the season at Kidderminster on Saturday.
Stags displayed their trademark battling spirit to twice level after they fell behind early in the first half and again at the start of the second half.
But Paul Cox's men showed they were in no mood to be rolled over for the third game in a row as Matt Green made it 1-1 a minute before the break with the simplest of tap-ins.
Tricky winger Lindon Meikle then underlined his value to Stags with goals on the hour mark and 80 mins to cap a superb fightback.
Speaking after the game Murray said: “We came here to steady the ship and we have done that. Getting three points is always important and this win gives us a foundation to build on.
“Lindon Meikle is a name in this league now and it was another excellent performance from him today.
“The lads have shown a lot of character and togertheness. The boss has taken a lot of criticism and I find it sad and rather sorry that people are questioning the decisions of the man who has turned this club around.”
Murray was also full of praise for targetman stiker Matt Rhead, whose power provided solid foundations for Stags' attacks.
“Matt Rhead is a handful and gives so much to our team. He is a foil for Wright, Green and the other players and gives us a different dimension. This is a new season, a new group of players and this win gives us that foundation to build on.”
Mansfield Town, who are now 16th in the early BSP table, entertain Hyde at One Call Stadium on Saturday
Murray unhappy with the Stags fans who booed the manager
MANSFIELD Town assistant manager Adam Murray cannot understand those Stags fans who questioned the judgement of boss Paul Cox.
After opening the season with two defeats, there was tension ahead of Saturday's game at Kidderminster.
And after the Stags pulled the match back to 2-2, Cox opted to take off last season's top scorer Matt Green to bring on Nick Wright.
The decision was met by boos from a large section of the 400-strong travelling support and chants of 'you don't know what you're doing'.
But Lindon Meikle made it 3-2 as the Stags sealed victory and a first win of the season.
And Murray, who is still a player but out injured, was unhappy with the criticism, given Cox led the Stags to third last season and the Conference play-offs in his first season in charge
Murray said: "It is the third game of the season and some of the reactions we have had, I can't quite get my head around.
"I mean, people questioning a bloke who has put this football club back into a place where it has not been for a long, long time?
"He has given the club hope and a place to go and they are questioning his judgement after two defeats. I find that hard to believe.
"How you can do that to a bloke who has not just turned around a football team, but a football club? I find it a bit sorry and a bit sad.
"But we were here to put points on the board and we did that. Now we go away and look to do the same on Saturday.
"Before the game, we said we wanted team spirit and togetherness and we showed that.
"We can't keep harping on to last season because that has gone but it is a new group and we have had teething problems.
"But we are sorting those out and moving forward now."
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