STAGS WEIGH UP RED CARD APPEAL FOR TAYLOR
Stags weigh up red card appeal for Taylor
Mansfield Town will decide today whether or not to appeal against winger Rob Taylor’s 32nd minute straight red card from Saturday’s gutsy 1-0 win at AFC Wimbledon.
“We will have a final check this morning before deciding,” said Murray.
“We watched it a few times yesterday from different angles and you can see he has no intention of hurting anybody, he’s not gone over the ball and, from the direction the ball has gone, he’s won the ball. But the collision between the two players makes it look a bit messy.”
Taylor’s dismissal left Stags a mountain to climb.
But they achieved it in style, taking the lead through Vadaine Oliver just after the break, then hanging on under heavy pressure.
Stags boss Murray aiming for a quick double swoop
chad.co.uk, 22 December 2014
Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray is hoping to bring in a couple of new signings early as soon as the January transfer window opens next week.
Once Stags have got the busy Christmas weekend out of the way with a home game with Hartlepool United on Boxing Day followed by a trip to Bury 48 hours later on Sunday, they have the luxury of 12 days without a game - something Murray intends to make the most of.
The club currently has five players in on loan, but all five deals end in January and Murray is aware that, with Luke Jones and Liam Hearn unlikely to play this season, he could be down to a squad of 16 players.
“It will be a busy couple of weeks with some important decisions,” he said.
“We have a couple of targets we are already on the verge of nailing. With the situation we are in, it’s important we do things as early as possible.
“We need players with Football League experience who are characters on and off the pitch.
“I am aware this is quite a young team and, in certain positions, we need characters and leaders which is what the boys we brought in on Saturday gave us.
“But there is an opportunity for the boys in the dressing room to show the club and fans they want to wear the Mansfield Town shirt with pride, which you could see from the performance on Saturday. Realistically it would have been easy to come up with an excuse down there, but everyone stood big and came forward and that’s all I’ve been asking for.”
On the loanees, he added: “I don’t expect to keep all of them - expect would be the wrong word.
“I am hopeful on a few of them. We will have to talk to the clubs and players. They have all come in and done well in different ways.”
Loanee keeper Dimitar Evtimov was man of the match as 10-men Stags won 1-0 at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday with another loanee, Vadaine Oliver, netting the winner before limping off with a jarred knee.
“I don’t think Dimitar has been given the run of games his ability deserves due to the fact we have another good keeper here in Sascha (Studer),” said Murray.
“We will be speaking to Forest and the player and we’ll see how the next couple of games go.”
On Oliver, he added: “He has gone under the radar a bit and I don’t think he has been given the credit he deserves. Vadaine has put in some good performances and scored some goals. He is a presence and has good feet for a big man. We have to see where he is and also see where Crewe see things going.”
On his injury, he added: “Vadaine will be seeing the physio today, but we hope he will be okay for the Hartlepool game.
“The biggest worry has been illness. We had four or five struggling last week and need to make sure we get it out of the camp.”
Friday’s visitors Hartlepool sit bottom of the table, having lost seven and drawn two of their last nine.
But they have just appointed experienced Ronnie Moore as manager and performed well in a 1-1 home draw with Oxford last weekend.
“I am expecting a very, very tough game,” said Murray. “They have a new manager who is very experienced and he will have them organised and structured. Over the years he has been excellent in what he’s done.
“Watching their game against Oxford on Saturday, he has already got his ideas into them. It won’t be like facing the bottom of the league, they will be up for it.
“They are a team with something to prove and will play with a lot of energy and drive.”
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