MURRAY AND WARREN FEENEY REACTION
We'll move on quickly - Murray
mansfieldtown.net, 27th February 2016
Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray says he wants to ‘draw a line’ under today’s 1-0 defeat to Newport County.
County striker Scott Boden’s 86th-minute winner was enough to secure three points for the Exiles on a testing afternoon in South Wales.
The winning goal was scored by the 26-year-old when he appeared to be stood in an offside position, but manager Murray admits that his side didn’t deserve anything from the match and wants to move on swiftly.
“[It was a] disappointing day at the office, I’m writing a line under this one because we haven’t got time to sulk about games, we’ve got to move straight onto the next one.
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“I’ll analyse it but there’s going to be a rapid line under it because we haven’t got time to dwell on wins like last week, we moved on straight away, we’ve lost this one and we’ll move on straight away."
Murray continued: “There wasn’t a zest about us like there has been in the last seven or eight [games], so it’s onto the next one.
“The league is too tight to be spending time going over a loss, there’s got to be about eight or nine teams fighting for these play-off places, probably more than that. It’s going to be tough, we know it’s going to be tough so we can’t put performances in like today and think we can achieve that (a top-seven finish).”
The manager says the pitch, which was layered with thirty tonnes of sand during the week due to the heavy rainfall in South Wales, didn’t help either side but he feels his players couldn’t get into any sort of rhythm.
“It was one of them ones where, because of obviously the pitch, we tried to get the ball forward quickly, we weren’t doing that with quality and then when it was going forward, it wasn’t sticking - it was just coming back.
“It was just a ‘bitty’ game; there was no rhythm to it. We didn’t look like the team that we are. It was a scrappy game," Murray said.
“We had a few half-chances that we’ve got to do better with, Greeny’s (Matt Green) hit the post [in the] first half, Clemmo’s (Chris Clements) got to hit the target [in the] second half, we didn’t work the ‘keeper at all."
Returning winger Colin Daniel played 72 minutes at Rodney Parade before being replaced by Sean Kavanagh, and the gaffer says he needs to get his new signing match-fit after being out of the Port Vale side in recent weeks.
“I thought he did okay. I thought he looked like he hasn’t played for a couple of weeks, which we expected, so we wanted to get the minutes into his legs.
“The general way the game panned out, we didn’t get a lot of decent service forward. The ball was bobbling and bouncing everywhere, it must’ve been a horrible spectacle but we have to manage those games."
You can view Murray's post-match interview, in full, on Stags Player.
Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray quickly draws a line under Newport defeat
Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray will tonight study Newport County’s winning goal in today’s 1-0 defeat to see if it was offside.
But he admitted it was an afternoon to quickly forget on an horrendous sandy surface and urged his side to quickly bounce back and not to let their play-off push die.
“We have been on a great run, we can’t take that away from the lads. It’s about bouncing back now,” said Murray.
“Every time we’ve taken a punch on the nose this season we’ve bounced back. So I am expecting a reaction last week.”
The defeat saw Stags slide to ninth - a point off the play-off places - with teams around them having games in hand and Murray said: “This was always going to be the case.
“We had to win our games just to be in there. The sides with game in hand on us could all win their games and we could finish mid-table. “Unfortunately that’s the nature of the beast. All we can do is what’s put in front of us. We know for our first season we’ve had a good season so far and we don’t want it to die out.
“If teams have to win to keep overtaking us then so be it. If we get the maximum points we can and we don’t make it we can’t do any more than that.”
On Newport’s winner, he said: “It was offside - whether it has taken a deflection off one of our players I don’t know.
“I will have a look back at it again, but if we have been done by a poor decision then that’s gut-wrenching. If not, it’s one of those things. We have had the rub of the green lately so it’s always going to swing back.
“Otherwise I thought it was a scrappy game which must have been an horrendous spectacle and one I am glad is out the way. We’re not going to dwell on that one.
“Things were not going our way today. Over the last few weeks we’ve had the rub of the green, the bounce and the little bit of luck you need.
“I thought today if we’d got away with the offside decision, you come away with the point. It would have been a decent point.
“It’s a horrible place to come. The pitch was horrendous and didn’t allow for any kind of rhythm. Even if you are a direct team you couldn’t kick it properly.”
Murray added: “I thought both teams were very average so a point would probably have been fair. These are the games you have to grind out and try to come away with a point.
“You can’t use the pitch as an excuse - both teams had it, hence why there wasn’t much football played.
“It turned into a terrible game and the pitch was part of that. I’ve been speaking to the people here and they say they’ve never seen it so bad. You step on it you sink on it, then you end up in a sandcastle.
“It doesn’t matter what style you want to play.
“Having said that, we still didn’t have that zest or energy about us today. I don’t know why. We have to be better than that.
“We are coming to the end of the season now and we can’t afford to waste games.”
Warren Feeney happy with 1-0 win as Mansfield Town boss slams Rodney Parade pitch
South Wales Argus, by Andrew Penman
NEWPORT County AFC manager Warren Feeney praised his side after they battled their way to a vital victory on the sand at Rodney Parade.
Scott Boden’s 86th-minute winner, his fifth goal in four games, saw off Mansfield Town and lifted County eight points clear of the League Two relegation zone.
The Stags were convinced that Boden was offside before he fired home.
But Feeney felt it was a goal that the Exiles deserved after a close encounter played on a pitch covered in sand after taking a battering over recent months.
“It was a massive result for us,” he said. “Mansfield have been on a great run and are really organised but I believe in our players and we do what we’re good at.
“Good teams win 1-0 like the old Arsenal and when I saw the pitch, I suspected there would only be a goal in it.
“We kept plugging away and we deserved the win after creating the better chances. And when you have Scott Boden in this sort of form, you know you’ve got a chance.
“We won’t dwell on the decision for the goal,” he added. “I only care about the three points.
“It was always going to be difficult on that pitch because the sand saps the legs. Perhaps the lads could have brought their buckets and spades.
“But that’s the way it has to be with so many games being played on it.”
Mansfield manager Adam Murray was not a happy man after his side slipped out of the play-off spots.
“It’s definitely offside but it took a deflection off someone so I’m not 100 per cent sure,” said the Stags boss.
“But we didn’t deserve anything out of that game. It was a flat performance and an awful game.
“There was no football played whatsoever. It was a bad day at the office.
“I thought the referee was poor. He didn’t have control of the game from the first minute and he was throwing yellow cards around like sweets.
“And the pitch was horrendous,” he added. “I understand that there’s three teams playing on it and there’s only so much you can do but it’s not fit for a professional level at League Two.
“It was really poor and it turns it into a farce - the ball was bobbling everywhere and it must have been a horrible spectacle.”
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