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MURRAY AND DARREN WAY REACTION
11th March 2016 10:40


We need to be more ruthless - Murray
mansfieldtown.net, 5th March 2016

Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray rued his side’s lack of ruthlessness as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Yeovil Town at One Call Stadium this afternoon.

Ryan Dickson’s 90th-minute winner sealed an important victory for the Glovers, who entered the game six points off the relegation zone.

The Stags had dominated the contest as Reggie Lambe, Matt Green and Lee Collins all went close in particular, but the elusive goal couldn’t be found and they suffered their first home defeat since January in the quest for a return to the play-off positions.

Murray was ‘gutted’ following the result, and believes that it was the clinical touch in the attacking third that was the difference between the two sides.

http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/murray-post-yeovil-2990853.aspx

“[I’m] utterly, utterly disappointed. I think that was a perfect smash and grab from Yeovil. Their captain’s just come off and apologised.

“We put ourselves in a position where if we’re not going to be ruthless in the final third and we’re not going to make better decisions, and not going to be clinical; you have to defend.

“We had more than enough opportunities. You’re always going to be liable to the sucker-punch and that was the case today. I think we had something like 12-13 efforts [on goal, which] have to be goals. You can’t make decisions for people, you can’t play the game for them.”

In addition, Murray also thinks that the expectation to beat Yeovil was wrong, and praised the Glovers in their fight for survival.

“That’s why teams are in the top five, top seven and we’re two points off it. People would’ve expected us to turn up and because of where they are in the league, beaten them. It doesn’t work like that - they’ve only lost two games in 11 or 12.

“Give them credit; they’re a good team. You can be as arrogant as you want and say ‘you should beat them’. Why should we beat them? We’re Mansfield Town, we’re not Portsmouth.”

Looking to the future, the 34-year-old manager knows what is needed from his team if they are to break into the top seven once again.

“There’s no way we should’ve lost the game. Moving forward, if we ultimately want to be a successful team, these are the tweaks that have to happen. We have to be ruthless, it’s cut-throat.

“You look at other teams at the minute, [there were] a lot of draws again today. We’re only going to get so many chances at this, we’ve said we need a certain amount of wins. We have to do our job.

“We look a little bit cagey at times; it comes across as if it’s a bit lethargic, it looks nervous. We’ve got to go and just play.”

Despite the loss, Murray reaffirmed his hopes that his side can dust themselves down and go again, but can’t depend on other results going in their favour similarly to this afternoon.

“It’s an opportunity missed which is heart-wrenching. We’re back in the play-offs if we win today; a few other results have gone our way but we can’t rely on other people. It’s make or break now. We’ve still got a chance. Win, lose or draw, we can’t dwell on it.

“Now we go into a run of fixtures against the top seven which is going to tough. [If we] beat them, we’re in the mix [for a play-off spot]. We’ve got to get over it quickly, we’ve got to stay positive and kick on again.”

Finally, Murray lauded the Stags’ support at One Call Stadium, and vows to continue in their efforts for a play-off position.

“We are in a very good position. We’ve got 11 games to go, we’re two points off the play-offs. I thought the fans were brilliant today; you’re going to get your moans and groans. [The] majority of the fans - I thank them today. We’re doing all we can for you; we’re fighting, we’re scrapping. We just need to be more ruthless.”

Supporters can view Murray’s post-match interview, in full, on Stags Player.

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Murray agonises over late Yeovil winner
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas, Saturday 05 March 2016

Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray lamented Yeovil Town’s ‘smash and grab’ 1-0 win that saw Stags miss out on a great chance to get back into the play-off places on Saturday.

With 0-0 written all over the game, Yeovil defender Ryan Dickson bagged his second goal in as many games in stoppage time at the end to break home hearts.

With other games going Mansfield’s way Murray admitted it was a chance wasted and said: “I am utterly, utterly disappointed. I think that was a perfect smash and grab from them and their captain just came off and apologised.

“To say we are gutted is an understatement. We have put ourselves in a position where if we are not going to be ruthless in the final third or make better decisions, you have to defend life or death to 94 minutes.

Read more: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/mansfield-town/mansfield-town-news/stags-murray-agonises-over-late-yeovil-winner-1-7776241#ixzz424DAPyxU

“We had more than enough chances, but if you don’t take them you’re always liable to a sucker punch as we were today.

“We have something like 12 or 13 efforts and they have to be goals, we’ve had glorious chances. That’s the way it goes. You can’t make decisions for people or play the game for them.

“That is why at the minute we can’t make that next step.”

He continued: “We do ever so well, but that final step is a bit too big. We just have to keep working hard - we can’t pull a rabbit out of a hat. We are what we are. We are doing what we can.

“We never really felt under threat today and we got in their final third loads of times and had nothing at the end of it.

“Overall generally we played well to create so many chances.”

Murray said anyone thinking Stags should beat a side like Yeovil in the relegation battle should think again.

“The arrogance of it is that some people might feel all we had to do was turn up, as they are where they are in the league, and beat them.

It doesn’t work like that,” he said.

“They have only lost two in 11 or 12 because they are a good team, the new manager has done a great job.

“Why should we beat them? We are Mansfield Town. We’re not Portsmouth.

“If we want to be a successful team, we have to be ruthless.”

Murray admitted Stags had to take chances like today to get back into the top seven, as chances were fast running out.

He said: “We are only going to get so many chances at this and there were a lot of draws today.

“Today was an opportunity missed which is heart-wrenching. I feel like crying to be honest.

“Win and we were back in the play-offs as other results went our way.

“We have to do our job or we won’t get back up there.

“We looked a bit cagey at times, I don’t know if it’s pressure. But players look nervous. We have to go out and play - we’ve got nothing to lose.

“It’s make or break time now - but we still do have an opportunity.

“It’s a run of games against sides in the top seven now which is tough - but beat them and you’re in the mix.”

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Yeovil Town form feels "special" says Darren Way after third successive win against Mansfield Town
Western Gazette

DARREN Way says the manner in which Yeovil Town are playing at the moment is "special".

That is after watching his side make it three successive wins in Sky Bet League Two with a 1-0 victory at Mansfield Town and move nine points clear of the relegation zone in the process..

"It is some achievement and fair play to them. I want them to enjoy it," Way said.

Read more: http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/Yeovil-Town-form-feels-special-says-Darren-Way/story-28866186-detail/story.html#ixzz424RIQTNp

"It's fantastic to come to this place and win away from home. The boys have put in a battling performance against direct balls into the box.

"There were a lot of problems that we had to deal with. It was not ideally the way we want to play, but when teams play direct you have got to handle that physical contest.

"Every time the boy [Matt] Green gets it he is dominant and they're a threat and that is why they are where they are. But these boys are very resilient at the minute and not a lot breaks them.

"I made a couple of tactical changes and they matched us up which is happening more at the minute, so I'm always thinking of how to out-smart the opposition.

"We're trying to be an attacking threat and the back four and midfielders are certainly being solid at the other end.

"The way I have got the players playing is risk and reward."

The Glovers are now unbeaten in five and since the turn of 2016 they are among the best teams in terms of form in the English fourth tier - a fact Way is drumming into the players.

"Our form in the last ten games is the table we have been looking at and it's quite impressive," the 36-year-old said.

"The players have achieved that. I'm there to support them and give them every piece of information I can give them and show the passion and commitment that a manager should show.

"The consequences of this club being relegated are unthinkable and these players don't want to be the ones labelled with that.

"If I was a player I'd want to be involved because it feels special."

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Darren Way pays tribute to Yeovil Town side after win at Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

Darren Way paid tribute to his battling Yeovil Town side as yesterday’s 1-0 win at Mansfield Town pushed them nine points clear of the drop.

It took a stoppage time winner by defender Ryan Dickson to snatch all three points from what had looked a definite 0-0 draw and Way said: “It’s a massive achievement and I want them to really enjoy it.

“This feels special. The consequences of this club being relegated are unthinkable because it took them a lot of years to get to where we are and these players don’t want to be the ones labelled as the ones that go the club relegated.

Read more: http://www.chad.co.uk/news/darren-way-pays-tribute-to-yeovil-town-side-after-win-at-mansfield-town-1-7776384#ixzz4277oHtMj

“They are liking that challenge. It was fantastic. To come to this place away from home, the boys have been in a battling performance again.

“We had direct balls coming into the box which is a threat and one end of the pitch was very boggy. So there were a lot of problems we had to deal with.”

He added: “It wasn’t ideally how we want to play. But when a team is coming at you direct, it is a physical contest. They are physical. The boy Green is dominant - he’d try to dig your eyes out fighting for that ball.

“Mansfield are a threat - that’s why they are where they are. But we are resilient at the moment and there’s not much breaks us.

“Someone put on twitter the form table for the last 10 games - that’s the one we’re looking at. It’s quite impressive when you look at that - and it’s the players who have achieved that.”

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Darren Way Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Against Mansfield
http://www.ciderspace.co.uk/ASP/features/interview.asp?InterviewId=1744

Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, after his side had won 1-0 against Mansfield Town on Saturday 5th February 2016.

CS: Darren, this is a nice habit - a third successive 1-0 win.

DW: Yes, it's fantastic. To come to this place away from home, the boys have put in a battling performance against direct balls thrown into their box, and that's a threat. One end of their pitch it's very boggy, so there were a lot of problems that they had to deal with. But I thought the players dealt with that. It's not ideally how we want to play, but I keep saying that when teams play direct, you've got to handle that physical contest. They are physical and they are a physical team. Every time the boy (Matt) Green gets it he is dominant, and he'll try to dig your eyes out to fight for that ball. They are a threat and that's why they are where they are. But these boys are very resilient at the moment and there's not an awful lot that breaks them.

CS: What have you done to transform Ryan Dickson? No goals all season and now two in two.

DW: As I've said to you, the way I've got the players playing is risk and reward. I think that in the last game we had both full-backs high to score that goal. Fair play to him - to have those energy levels to cover those distances is magnificent. You've got to be in the box to score, so a big well done to Ryan.

CS: We were saying in commentary as the game edged towards a 0-0 that perhaps Yeovil might be happy coming home with a point from Mansfield, but with your left-back that far forward in the 91st minute, clearly you're never happy with a point!

DW: I made a couple of tactical changes. I went with two up front and then they changed, and they matched us up, which teams are doing. So I'm always thinking about how to outsmart the opposition, and we ended up with three up front again. So we're trying to be an attacking threat, but the back four and the midfielders are certainly being solid at the other end. That's some achievement what they've achieved, so fair play to them.

CS: In midweek I told you that you were six points clear of the relegation zone, and that sounded fantastic. Tonight you are nine points clear of the relegation zone, and you've gone above Stevenage as well, so you've pulled another team back below you. So how good is that?

DW: It's good - someone put on Twitter our form in the last ten games, so that's been the table that we've been looking at. It's quite impressive when you look at that, as that's what the players have achieved - the players have achieved that. I'm there to support them, and I'm going to give them every bit of information that I can possibly give them. I want to make sure that I show them a passion and a commitment that a manager should show. So far, they're giving me everything back, and it's a massive achievement and I want them to enjoy it today - really enjoy it.

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Ryan Dickson Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Against Mansfield
http://www.ciderspace.co.uk/ASP/features/interview.asp?InterviewId=1746

Yeovil Town left-back Ryan Dickson spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, after his side had won 1-0 against Mansfield Town on Saturday 5th February 2016.

CS: Ryan, congratulations - a match winner for the second consecutive game. My question is what were you doing in the box in the 91st minute?

RD:
Yes, just before that as well I asked Terry how long left. I just carried on my run. It was a good move and I think Brandon (Goodship) did very well to square it back, and I was in the right place, I guess.

CS: We were just speculating whether Yeovil would be ready to settle for a point, coming to a place like Mansfield and at 0-0 in the closing stages, but clearly the attacking intent was there.

RD: Yes, it was one of those where the game had obviously become open. They had pushed men forward, and I think we dealt with that aerial threat. They're a physical side obviously - with Matt Green up top they pump balls to him, and to be fair he's a good player for this league. So I think we dealt with their attacking threat, where it was not going to be an easy place to come to, and then we've nicked a goal, so that was great.

CS: You always hoped that you could turn it around, and you believed that you could, but three wins in a row now and three 1-0 victories. It really is an impressive run of form.

RD: Yes, the way that we are playing is obviously a lot more attractive and a lot more solid. Everyone knows their jobs, and we've got that little bit more quality, and when you are in a team like that you can strive and start performing a lot better as individuals as well.

CS: The manager has said he has made the players aware of the form table, and you're right near the top of that. Is that something that you're going to look to progress and stay there between now and the end of the season?

RD: Yes, I think that we've got the quality to do so. I think that it is one of those in this league where there isn't a lot between all of the sides. Today, to be fair, I think we had a little bit more quality than them, but they maybe created a few more chances. So there isn't a lot between games. So if we can just keep performing the way that we've been playing, then I don't see why not.

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