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MURRAY, OLIVER, GARY FLITCROFT REACTION
18th March 2015 23:38


Boss wants a reaction against AFC Wimbledon
mansfieldtown.net, 14th March 2015

Murray unhappy with display in defeat to Shakers and wants players to put it right in next game.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/boss-wants-a-reaction-against-afc-wimbledon-2334037.aspx#iq2vJsfftlEHReKe.99

Manager Adam Murray wants our players to deliver a response to today’s defeat to Bury when they entertain AFC Wimbledon at One Call Stadium in midweek.

Our team, who had previously not lost in five home games, delivered a performance below their usually high standards and were consigned to defeat after a goal by Nathan Cameron.

The Stags’ chances in the game were sparse and Murray admitted in his post-match interview that our players’ performance needs improvement.

Reflecting on the game, our boss said: “It was disappointing, very disappointing. I’ll accept bad football decisions, I’ll accept that people have off days, but what I won’t accept is a lack of application and desire.

“The majority of the players today went through the motions and it wasn’t good enough.”

He continued: “I don’t know if a little bit of complacency has set in with a few of them. We’ve spoken about it all week. The job isn’t done yet and it looked today like certain people wanted to stroll around and not go that extra yard for the football club and that won’t happen whilst I’m in charge.

“If we’d been outplayed and it was three of four-nil, then you hold your hands up and say that the better team has beaten us, but I think on the day we gave them the game.

“It was a poor goal [to concede] and then when we did have possession of the ball, we didn’t make it count. Without the ball, we didn’t want to run. It was an awful game and the goal summed it up, but they’re the games that the good teams grind out.

“It’s disappointing and frustrating, and it’s hurt me because I think for majority of the time that I’ve been in charge, the team has given everything for me and for the club, and today I don’t think that hunger was there.

“Even though at the minute I’m hurting and I’m frustrated, the facts of the matter are that for large periods of these last few months, the lads have been superb. We have to pick ourselves up now and go again on Tuesday.”

Murray has now called for our players to deliver a reaction to today’s lacklustre display when they entertain AFC Wimbledon at One Call Stadium in three days time.

“I’m pleased [that there is a game coming up soon] and these players should be pleased because the last thing they want is a week with me at the minute,” said our gaffer.

“It needs to be put right on Tuesday and it's back on their toes again because I want a reaction. The fans deserve a reaction after that and if I was paying to watch people not want to run around then I’d be angry and rightly so.”

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Murray accuses Stags players of complacency after Bury home defeat
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray accused some of his players of ‘complacency’ and ‘strolling around’ in today’s 1-0 home defeat by promotion-chasing Bury.

http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/mansfield-town/murray-accuses-stags-players-of-complacency-after-bury-home-defeat-1-7156546

The Stags were sunk by the only goal of a very poor game and were locked in the dressing room after the game to hear Murray give them a piece of his mind.

“That was very disappointing,” he said. “I will accept bad games and I accept players having off days. What I won’t accept is a lack of application and desire.

“The majority of those players today went through the motions and it wasn’t good enough.

“I don’t know if a bit of complacency has set in with a few of them. But the job isn’t done yet.

“It looked like some of them wanted to stroll around and not go that extra yard for the football club, and I won’t have that happening while I am in charge. They need to have a look at themselves.

“If we had lost three or four-nil, you hold your hands up. But on the day we gave the game to them and conceded a poor goal.

“It was an awful game and that goal probably summed it up.

“It hurts as, for the majority of time I have been in charge so far, these players have given everything for me and the club.

“They now have to pick themselves up and go again on Tuesday.

“They will be pleased they have another game on Tuesday as the last thing they’d want is a week with me at the minute. It needs to be put right. I expect a reaction and the fans expect a reaction.

“If I’d paid money to watch players not wanting to run around I would be angry.

“We have 10 games to go and need to get our focus back on Tuesday.”

One good thing for Mansfield was that, with other result,s the eight-point gap to the bottom two remained unchanged.

But Murray snapped: “I don’t care that the gap is the same. We set standards here and I don’t care who is doing what elsewhere. Those standards need to be maintained and they weren’t today. We have to take care of our own business and not be looking over out shoulders at what everyone else is doing.”

After a shock home defeat last weekend, Bury boss David Flitcroft was delighted to see his side bounce straight back.

“It was an immaculate, professional performance in terms of going 1-0 up and then being disciplined, organised and professional,” he said.?“The subs who came on were fantastic as was the way we locked the game down and managed the game down.

“We have won that with a squad. I am delighted with the result and with the performance. These are days that you have to embrace and enjoy.

“We didn’t allow Mansfield to build up any pressure. When we regained the ball we retained it quite well.

“There is so much energy in the team, it is as dynamic and athletic as you will see.

“They are all mobile and fluid in their running. I have got two full backs who want to join in, the midfield three were excellent.

“We have found really good form and a formula away from home.”

One of Bury’s best players was debut-making loanee striker Tom Eaves, signed the night before from Bolton.

“Tom carried us today and gave us something a little bit different,” said Flitcroft.

“I was delighted with his performance and with getting him yesterday.

“We have got a fantastic array of strikers but he is definitely different to what we have got.

“We have been working on getting him for three or four months. We wanted a big, mobile target man, but he is more than just robust. He has got a good touch, he is comfortable on the ball and retains it.

“He has had a fabulous debut today and been part of a clean sheet. At times he started us off today to get that clean sheet.”

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Oliver frustrated by defeat to Bury
mansfieldtown.net, 14th March 2015

Striker looking forward to making amends in midweek game with AFC Wimbledon.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/oliver-frustrated-by-defeat-to-bury-2334582.aspx#bCYQCZkJcwOhdirD.99

Striker Vadaine Oliver believes our team are capable of much more than what they showed in today’s 1-0 defeat to Bury in Sky Bet League Two.

Oliver was once again a threat up front, but despite a spirited second half showing we were unable to come away with anything from the game.

Speaking afterwards, the disappointed striker said: “You could see near the end we were trying to pump it forward to get something. It was one of those games where we just couldn’t get over the line.

“You have those games and we are all disappointed, but we have a game Tuesday night to put things right.”

Oliver lamented the lack of chances created by the Stags throughout the match.

He continued: “You have games where you don’t get too many chances and you don’t get the rub of the green, but you still need to be putting in one hundred per cent and the gaffer is questioning whether we did that today.

“In the first half we didn’t get out of first gear and when you’re playing against a team like Bury, it’s something you can’t afford to do. I think in the second half we showed that we were capable of beating them. I know we didn’t get a goal but we had them on the back foot for the majority of the half.

“I think if we started like that the game would have been different,” he added.

Oliver and the rest of our squad are now ready to move forward and re-group ahead of Tuesday’s home match against AFC Wimbledon.

Looking to that game, he added: “We need to get something on Tuesday night. We did away at their place [earlier this season] so there is no fear and we know we’re capable of beating them.

“We just need to get started straight away and not have a first half like we did today.

“We are capable of good things. I think it is just a case of our application in certain games where we have a slow start and you can’t afford to do that,” added the loanee.

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Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/31776279

"We didn't apply ourselves like we have done in the previous couple of months and we paid the price for that.
"I don't think it was a case of ability or tactical nous, it was a bottom line of application and today wasn't good enough.
"We should have got something out of it at the end.
"I think we have got to do better with our chance we had at the end, but we did come up against one of the big boys today and that showed."

Bury manager David Flitcroft told BBC Radio Manchester:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/31776279

"The clean sheet has pleased me and the lads have drawn inspiration from that.
"They're a team that are leading themselves. The values that we put in at the start of the season are coming to fruition.
"We're having a real drive forward to that top-three spot and I was delighted for the lads today."

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Flitcroft: That was better
skysports.com

David Flitcroft hailed a "professional performance" as Bury got their promotion push back on track with a 1-0 win at Mansfield.

Flitcroft's side, who were beaten by Oxford at home seven days ago, stole a game of few chances when Chris Hussey's free-kick from the left bounced through a crowded box and ended up in the net off home defender Ryan Tafazolli on 21 minutes.

http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/29025/9759941?

"It was an immaculate, professional performance in terms of going 1-0 up and then being disciplined, organised and professional," said Flitcroft.

"The subs who came on were fantastic as was the way we locked the game down and managed the game.

"We have won that with a squad. I am delighted with the result and with the performance. These are days that you have to embrace and enjoy.

"We didn't allow Mansfield to build up any pressure. When we regained the ball we retained it quite well.

"There is so much energy in the team, it is as dynamic and athletic as you will see.

"They are all mobile and fluid in their running. I have got two full-backs who want to join in, the midfield three were excellent. We have found really good form and a formula away from home."

Stags boss Adam Murray was unhappy with his side's efforts.

He said: "That was very disappointing.

"I will accept bad games and I accept players having off days. What I won't accept is a lack of application and desire.

"The majority of those players went through the motions and it wasn't good enough.

"I don't know if a bit of complacency has set in with a few of them but the job isn't done yet.

"It looked like some of them wanted to stroll around and not go that extra yard for the football club, and I won't have that happening while I am in charge. They need to have a look at themselves.

"If we had lost three-or-four-nil, you hold your hands up. But on the day we gave the game to them and conceded a poor goal.

"It was an awful game and that goal probably summed it up.

"It hurts as, for the majority of time I have been in charge so far, these players have given everything for me and the club.

"They now have to pick themselves up and go again on Tuesday.

"They will be pleased they have another game on Tuesday as the last thing they'd want is a week with me at the minute. It needs to be put right. I expect a reaction and the fans expect a reaction.

"If I'd paid money to watch players not wanting to run around I would be angry.

"We have 10 games to go and need to get our focus back on Tuesday.

"I don't care that the gap (to the relegation zone) is the same. We set standards here and I don't care who is doing what elsewhere. Those standards need to be maintained and they weren't.

"We have to take care of our own business and not be looking over our shoulders at what everyone else is doing."

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