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Murray moves on quickly following JPT exit
Stags' boss Adam Murray now focussed on Dons' visit this Saturday.
Manager Adam Murray said he was ‘disappointed’ to lose to Notts County in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first round, but his focus heads straight onto league matters on Saturday against AFC Wimbledon.
Craig Westcarr’s late penalty was a consolation goal as strikes from Izale McLeod, Mike Edwards and Jon Stead booked the Magpies’ place in the second round.
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Murray, who had made six changes to his side last night, also experimented with a different formation in the match.
“I think it was a performance that at times, we looked like we had six or seven players who hadn’t played for six or seven weeks," said Murray, speaking after last night's match at Meadow Lane.
“We were a yard off it, you could tell we were short of match fitness but that was always going to be the case.
“Now the ‘Saturday-Tuesday’s’ are going to ease off, we need to get some behind-closed-doors games organised because when you’re asking the boys to go in and affect it, they need to be up to speed.
“Obviously the first few weeks of the season, playing Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday the team has been doing well so we haven’t had to make that many changes but then the boys that haven’t been in the team lack match fitness and you can’t beat match fitness.
“[In the] last twenty minutes, Adi [Yussuf] had cramp, Jammer [Jamie McGuire] was struggling to keep up and that’s the way it goes. We have to take that one on the chin and we go again on Saturday.”
The boss said he was ‘disappointed to lose a game of football’ but now his focus is directed quickly towards the league campaign.
“I'm disappointed to lose a game of football but my focus and the team’s focus moves on to Wimbledon.
“I’ve said all along that my focus and the team’s main priority is the league; we believe we can affect it and we’ve shown that we can affect it and we want to get in those play-offs now and that’s where we set our focus for the rest of the season.”
The Stags’ camp have already done their homework on their next Sky Bet League Two opponents, and the gaffer says his side is ready for their first home win of the season.
“We’ve obviously done our homework on them already and watched all of their games apart from tonight’s and we know their strengths and weaknesses.
“We’ve already laid down the marker in the dressing room just now, we want our first home league win on Saturday and we want to put three points on the board, so Saturday will be about us. We’ll play on the front foot, we’ll set our tempo and our style of play on them and we want to win.”
Murray’s final word was again for the fantastic away following from the Stags last night: “We’re disappointed for our fans because I thought they were superb again.. [They gave us] great backing even when we were losing at the end, they stayed and supported us and we’ll repay them this season.
“We owe them for last season; I owe them for putting them through what they went through last season.”
Manager Adam Murray challenges players to reach play-off spots with AFC Wimbledon win
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas
Adam Murray has challenged his Mansfield Town players to end Saturday in the League Two play-off spots as they take on visiting AFC Wimbledon looking for a first home win of the season.
After last Saturday’s fine 2-1 win at York City, the Stags were left sitting in eighth place, just one point and one place outside the play-off places.
“Our whole focus is now on Wimbledon and I have told the boys I want to come out of Saturday in the play-offs - that’s the focus,” said manager Murray,
“It will be a tough one. They have got a strike force that’s a handful. But we’ve obviously done our homework on them already.
“We’ve watched all their game’s apart from Tuesday’s so we know their strengths and weaknesses. But we are at home and we have already laid down the marker in the dressing room that we want our first home League win of the season on Saturday. We want to put three points on the board.
“Saturday will be about us. We will go out there and play on the front foot, we’ll set our style of play and our tempo onto them and we want to win.”
Murray is expected to welcome back the six players he rested for Tuesday night’s disappointing 3-1 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy exit at Notts County, which Murray used to give ring-rusty players a much-needed outing and try out one or two different formation options.
“The game was used as a day to get a bit of individual strength and conditioning work and a little bit of specific fitness work into certain players away from the game that will benefit them and it will benefit us in the long run,” he said.
“We got the lads that haven’t been playing some valuable game time, so the squad will be better for the work-out.
“I am always disappointed to lose a game of football and we were disappointed for our fans that travelled as I thought they were superb again, great backing. Even when we were losing at the end they stayed and supported us and backed us and we’ll repay them this season.
“We owe them for last season. I owe them for putting up with what they went through. Now they’ll get the repayment.”
The Dons are currently four places and a single point adrift of Mansfield and have done well in their two away League games to date, winning 2-1 at Crawley Town and drawing 1-1 at Carlisle United.
It is at home where they have struggled, losing 2-0 to Plymouth and 2-1 to Cambridge before beating Exeter 2-1.
Midweek saw a home rematch with Plymouth in the JPT, the Dons making five changes to rest players for the Stags game, and they roared into a 2-0 lead only to see the Pilgrims hit back to win it 3-2.
Mansfield know all about the dangers posed by Adebayo Azeez and the giant Adebayo Akinfenwa, who like Stags’ keeper Brian Jensen is nicknamed ‘The Beast’.
When the sides met at One Call Stadium in mid-March a crucial late Rakish Bingham goal earned Stags a much-needed 2-1 win to edge them towards League safety.
Satisfied Moniz hails Notts County's Trophy win as 4-2-4 thwarts Stags
Ricardo Moniz insisted it was a "good feeling" to overcome derby rivals Mansfield Town as Notts County secured an impressive victory at Meadow Lane.
The Magpies strolled to a 3-1 win in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, which gave them much needed confidence ahead of the international break.
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Izale McLeod's first goal for the club set them on their way to victory before Mike Edwards and Jon Stead put the Magpies 3-0 up.
Craig Westcarr scored a late penalty as consolation for the visitors but it wasn't enough to dampen Moniz's satisfaction.
"There was a lot of happiness in the dressing room," he said.
"It was a good feeling for us again. We created lots of chances and there was a little bit of frustration there that we didn't take some of them.
"But when McLeod scored it got us over the hill. The win was so important for the guys because it has been an intense time for them."
Stags boss Adam Murray, whose side triumphed at Meadow Lane just over a fortnight ago in the league, made several changes to the team which secured that derby win.
And he admitted Notts' aggressive forward play forced him to change his tactics.
"Their formation was 4-2-4 and they had this down as a must-win to give their group a little bit of confidence," he said. "They pinned us back and we had to change it a little bit. But I think in the first 15-20 minutes, Adie (Yussuf) should score.
"And an Adie that has been playing does score."
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Ricardo Moniz wants Notts County to take JPT form into league
By PA Sport Report
Ricardo Moniz wants Notts County to take JPT form into league
Ricardo Moniz hopes Notts County's Johnstone's Paint Trophy win against Mansfield will see an upturn in his side's league results.
The Magpies have won only one of their five League Two matches so far this season - a 2-0 success at Stevenage on the opening day of the campaign. Moniz's men are not in action again until Luton visit Meadow Lane on September 12, with their game this weekend called off due to international call-ups.
But the Dutchman was relieved to see his team return to winning ways with a 3-1 victory against the Stags, and happy to see recent signing Izale McLeod set Notts on their way with his first goal since his arrival from Crawley for a six-figure fee 10 days ago. He told Press Association Sport: "We played well. We deserved to win and score goals, you saw it.
"It was important we won and hopefully now we can transmit this to the league. "We want to do well in this competition, we want to do well in all the cups. We showed that in the League Cup at Huddersfield and at Aston Villa.
"But that (Villa) game had an affect on us losing 4-1 at Morecambe on Saturday as it went to extra time when it shouldn't have." On McLeod's goal Moniz said: "It was good for him but also good for the team. You saw the reaction when he scored, everybody joined in. "That will do him good. It is always important for striker to get goals.
"The win will do us good. It was important we won after four games without."
Mansfield manager Adam Murray made six changes to his starting line-up and admitted that the league was the priority for his team this season. "I'm disappointed to lose but we tried a few things and it was more important for them to win, I think, to give them a little bit of confidence," said Murray. "We changed things around and wanted to give people game time, but we also wanted to limit some people's game time with Saturday in mind. We rested some key players because our priority is the league.
"We feel we can really affect the league and I want to make the play-offs so we take it on the chin and go again against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday."
McLeod opened his account for the Notts County shortly after half-time before goals from substitute Mike Edwards and Jon Stead ensured that Moniz's men would progress. Former Magpie Craig Westcarr netted a consolation goal for Mansfield from the penalty spot in injury time.
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