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Murray aiming to break 60-point barrier
mansfieldtown.net, 18th April 2016
Stags’ manager Adam Murray has reiterated the ambition for his side to surpass the 60-point mark in a Football League season for the first time in 12 years.
Murray’s men are currently on 59 points following Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing of Notts County and a win away at Exeter City on Tuesday night (7.45pm kick-off) would complete his aforementioned objectives.
And the 34-year-old, speaking in Monday morning’s news conference, believes that it would be a good achievement considering the turnaround in playing staff last summer.
Murray, who was named today as the Manager of the Football League's team of the week, said: “Let’s break that barrier as quickly as we can, the way the league’s gone this season you never know what can happen. If we got four wins from four games, you never know what’s around the corner, do you?
“We’ll use these next four games to get past that 60-point mark because that’ll be a milestone for the new group in its first season.”
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Looking ahead to the midweek fixture at St James Park against the Grecians, Murray wants his players to keep their focus and put the weekend’s comprehensive win behind them.
“We made sure we were in yesterday morning [and] we are focused on Tuesday night and completing the season in a positive manner.
“It’s going to be a tough game - I said to the lads that we need to right the wrongs from when we played them at home. They’re the only team I felt this season that, as a team, they beat us and as a manager, I got beat.
“He (Paul Tisdale, Exeter boss) is ‘out of the box’ a little bit which I think is superb and he’s a very hard opponent to prepare for. They’re organised in the way they go about things, they’re in a great position themselves and in great form.
“Mentally it’s time to refresh and focus, but we’ve got four games now where we want to win all four - there’s no reason why we can’t win all four. The point is that we get a reaction from Saturday; not a ‘let’s sit back and enjoy the plaudits’. Plaudits are gone now, it’s about Exeter.”
The Stags beat Notts 2-0 at Meadow Lane earlier on in the campaign, and followed that up with a 1-0 defeat to Accrington Stanley. However, Murray wants his confident legion to learn from that experience, to ensure they don’t make the same mistake again.
“They [Exeter] 'did a real job on us' so it’s one we want to put right. We’re in very good form, we’re very confident and we’ll go there and play our game. When you’ve got a little bit of momentum like we have, you just go with it.
“We beat Notts County at their place and went to Accrington and we harped on that we didn’t want that (to lose). We got a below par performance, I’m hoping that we took messages from that - that is part of the journey for the players.”
Despite the short time between their last match and Exeter on Tuesday, Murray says it shouldn’t be an issue and is prepared to experiment before the season draws to a close.
“The boys have been drilled for seven-eight months now so they know certain game plans, they know the way we go about certain things. I might sound a little bit arrogant but we believe we should be in the play-offs at the minute and it’s tough to take that we’re not.
“There’s a couple of things we want to try out - there’s a few things we want to throw in there and have a look at within these last four games, be it formation or personnel.
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Adam Murray looking for a reaction from his Mansfield Town players at Exeter City
chad.co.uk, Monday 18 April 2016
Adam Murray is looking for a reaction from his Mansfield Town players after their 5-0 thumping of rivals Notts County.
The Stags manager reflected on the last time his side overcame Notts in the reverse fixture earlier in the season and what happened in the following game at Accrington Stanley.
Mansfield narrowly lost at Accrington and Murray is determined history doesn’t repeat itself when they come up against another play-off contender in Exeter City on Tuesday.
He said: “We’ve beaten Notts County at their place and we went to Accrington and we said we didn’t want that (an ‘after the Lord Mayor’s Show performance’).
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“We made a huge issue of it and got a below par performance so I’m hoping we’ve taken messages from that. It’s all part of the journey for the players.
“They need to understand that it was a great result, emotionally very draining - even for myself on Saturday, but we go again.
“We’ve got four games now and we want to win all four. There’s no reason why we can’t win all four of those games.
“When we’re playing like this we’re a tough opponent. The important thing is to get a reaction from Saturday, not to sit back and enjoy the plaudits.
“The plaudits have gone now.
“The players will know it’s Exeter and that’s all that matters now.”
Exeter sit ninth in the table, two points from seventh place AFC Wimbledon, after a goalless draw at home to League Two champions Northampton Town on Saturday.
And Murray is expecting a tough game.
“It’s the business end,” he said. “Everybody’s fighting for something up there. There are a lot of teams up there fighting; whether it be the top three, the top seven or to hit their own personal targets.
“It’s going to be a tough game. It’s one that I said to the lads yesterday that we need to right the wrongs from when we played them at home.
“They are the only team I felt that have beaten us this season. As a manager I got beaten on that Tuesday night against Exeter because they did a real job on us.
“It’s one we want to put right but we’re in very good form. We’re very confident and we’ll got there and play our game. We’ll be aware of their strengths and weaknesses but when you’ve got a bit of momentum like we have you just go with it.
“We’re happy with the weekend. The boys deserved it. Not just for Saturday’s performance but for the run of recent games and the performances they’ve put in. They probably didn’t get their just rewards.
“I might sound a little arrogant but we believe we should be in the play-offs at the minute. It’s tough to take that we are not but it makes us stronger.
“We take everything that’s gone against us as a learning curve this season and it’ll keep us strong for the future.”
He added: “I think they’ve got a very tactically aware manager. He’s a very hard opponent to prepare for. They’re obviously in a good run of form and play some good stuff.
“We know if we put the right structure in and game plan in place we’re a hard team to beat. We’ve got a good away record, I think we’ve won nine away games this season, so we know if we’re on it they’ll have a tough game.
“It’s not going to be a walk in the park. We know they can be a very good team on their day, we’ve seen that and make sure we’re prepared for that, while also focusing on our strengths.”
A point at Exeter would see Mansfield reach Murray’s target of 60 points for the season.
He said: “It would be tremendous. We’ve spoken about breaking that barrier as quickly as we can. The way this league has gone this season you never know what might happen.
“We want four wins from four games. If we get four wins you never know what’s around the corner.”
Lee Holmes fit for Exeter City v Mansfield Town and Matt Oakley could still play again this season
Exeter Express and Echo, April 18, 2016
Exeter City's Lee Holmes will be back in contention to face Mansfield Town on Tuesday night.
The 29-year-old winger, who was born in Mansfield, has the most assists (12) out of any Exeter player this season, but was missing from the Grecians 0-0 draw with Northampton Town on Saturday as he was carrying a knock. However, he will be keen to feature against the Stags as he scored against them earlier this season.
"He was touch and go for Saturday," said Tisdale. "So we just took a sensible view towards him playing, but I imagine he will be fit and available for selection against Mansfield."
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Joel Grant, who is suffering with illness, and Clinton Morrison, who has a groin strain, are both doubts for the match at St James's Park, while Matt Oakley and Will Hoskins will definitely not feature.
Oakley has been suffering with a back problem since being substituted in the 14th minute of the Devon derby win over Plymouth Argyle on April 2. Rumours had began to circulate that the 38-year-old might be out for the rest of the season, but Tisdale isn't about to make such a prediction.
"The truth is we don't know," he said. "He (Oakley) has had a back spasm and those things, once they settle down, can clear up in a couple of days. You just don't know with those injuries. It could be better by Saturday or it could be another week. I don't know, but I think it is a bit premature to say that he is going to be out for the next two to three weeks. We have to just take it day by day, but he has has improved the last five days and I am certainly not righting him off yet for the rest of the season."
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