MURRAY, HURST, D.ROSE AND WARREN FEENEY REACTION
Boss pleased with Stags' 'never-say-die' approach
mansfieldtown.net, 6th August 2016
Stags’ boss Adam Murray hailed his players’ attitude after his men got our League Two campaign off to a flying start, courtesy of a 3-2 win away at Newport County.
Mansfield thrice took the lead in the match following strikes by Matt Green, Danny Rose and crucially, Kevan Hurst, in injury time.
And whilst an away point at Rodney Parade would have been considered a positive result, boss Murray was encouraged by his players' desire to earn a magnificent three points on the opening day of the season.
"Away from home on the first day of the season at Newport, a point would have been okay," said Murray, in his summary of first game of the season. "It wouldn’t have been the end of the world, [it would have been] a positive result.
"I didn’t have to say much to the lads in the last ten minutes [of the game] - they were running to get the ball back in play.
"We’re disappointed with the goals we conceded, but that will come with work and time. The main thing today was that we came out with a positive result. I’m chuffed to bits."
And whilst the Stags' chief was clearly delighted with maximum points, he insisted there is more to come from his charges.
"I think it was the perfect result, I wouldn’t say it was the perfect performance. I think it was a typical ‘first day of the season’ performance.
"You can play as many [pre-season] games as you want but nothing really prepares you for the first game of the season, with the tempo and intensity [that it brings].
"In pre-season, you’re not used to that. [In] Pre-season, there’s a lot of football played and you don’t see a lot of the ugly side. We had to get to grips with that at half time and change the shape a little bit to do that and I felt we got a foothold in it and scored some very good goals.
"In the first half, at times, they caught us out. They played at a very high tempo, quite direct and made us defend.
"The pitch was sticky at times and they put us under pressure and we couldn’t ‘get out’. We ended up getting rid of it as quickly as we could to take the pressure off the defence."
Stags could have sealed the win earlier in the second half when Hurst crossed to Green, only for his short range header to be denied by a magnificent save from 'keeper Joe Day - to whom Murray paid credit.
"We could have had another goal [but for] a ‘heck of a save’ which Day [the Newport goalkeeper] has made. We created a lot of chances today and that’s pleasing."
The manager gave the final word to the Stags' faithful: “They were awesome. It took us six hours to get here yesterday. It’s a long trip and we’re glad that we gave them something to smile about."
Adam Murray's post match interview is available now on Stags PlayerHD
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Rose pleased to mark competitive debut with a goal
mansfieldtown.net, 6th August 2016
Goalscorer Danny Rose says to score on his debut is a ‘nice feeling’ after netting the second goal in Stags’ 3-2 win over Newport County this afternoon.
Stags were twice pegged back after Jack Compton’s free-kick cancelled out striker Matt Green’s opener before Exiles’ midfielder Joss Labadie made it 2-2 after Rose had given Stags a 2-1 lead with an arrowed effort into the bottom corner.
However midfielder Kevan Hurst curled a wonderful effort into the top corner in second half injury time to give the Stags a 3-2 opening day victory.
And Rose, who joined the club from Bury at the start of the summer, was pleased to get on the scoresheet on his first competitive outing in Stags’ colours.
“It was nice feeling to get on the debut, three goals away from home’s good but we can’t really concede two goals like that, set pieces as well, away from home, so we’ve got to work on that,” Rose said.
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“It’s a tough place [to come]. It’s a good time to come here because conditions can get hard later on in the year but it’s a very good three points, it’s a great way to start [the season].”
The 22-year-old frontman also praised the goals scored by strike partner Green and creative midfielder Hurst on a warm August day in Wales.
“We’ve all took our goals well. Greeny could’ve had another but it’s a great save from the guy (Newport 'keeper Joe Day) and he’s had one offside to be fair to him.
“It was going towards a draw but fair play to Hursty, it’s a brilliant finish, I’d want to see that back to be fair to him, it’s a great goal.”
Rose says the heat at Rodney Parade forced players on both sides to ‘tactically’ go down in order to have a drinks break and says although the win is a good start to the season, Stags will focus on each match as it comes.
“I think there was a tactical little going down and [getting] a little drink break in but yeah it was very hot out there, but it was the same conditions for both [sets of] players so what can you say.
“It’s very early doors. It’s a great win, like I said, teams will come here and struggle but it’s a great win to start.
“We’ve got a tough test in the cup; we’ve got Blackburn next and then Cheltenham at home I think but we’ll give a good account of ourselves and see what happens from there.”
Supporters will be able to view Danny Rose’s post-match interview on Stags PlayerHD later tonight.
Match-winner Hurst praises team effort
mansfieldtown.net, 6th August 2016
Midfielder Kevan Hurst today praised his team-mates’ performance after scoring the winning goal in the Stags' 3-2 victory over Newport County.
Stags went ahead after just 12 minutes at Rodney Parade when Hurst picked out striker Matt Green in the box, who made no mistake as he headed the ball into the top corner.
County then hit back with a Jack Compton free-kick just four minutes later before striker Danny Rose put the Stags back in front with a well-placed finish in the second half.
The game was heading for a draw after Joss Labadie then equalised for a second time for the hosts, before Hurst produced a sublime curling effort which looped into the top corner in second-half stoppage time to secure the victory for Adam Murray's men.
And although the former Southend United man will undoubtedly receive the plaudits for his wonderful individual effort, he was keen to praise the determination of his team-mates on a beautiful summer's day in South Wales.
“It’s not just about the winning goal or anything like that, it’s about the team performance and I thought today even though, at times, we looked a bit sluggish, we stuck together and we really showed some character and we dug in for each other,” Hurst said.
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“I think at stages of the game, we did quite well. We had quite a lot of possession so we always knew it was going to be difficult against Newport, we knew they were a good outfit and it was always going to be a tough first game of the season, but thankfully we’ve come through and done well and got the three points."
After the new front pairing of Danny Rose and Matt Green scored the Stags’ first two goals, 30-year-old Hurst praised the duo and also said Stags have a goal threat from a number of players.
“He’s (Green) a good player and obviously with Rosie (Danny Rose) as well, it’s a potent front two and I think definitely there’s goals there and you’ve got obviously Paddy (Pat Hoban) coming off the bench, Bax (James Baxendale), there’s a number of good players on the bench that can make an impact.
“We’ve all gelled quite well over the short period of time and obviously there’s plenty more to come from that and the more we play together, the more we understand each other and the better we’ll get.”
After scoring the winner in front of the North Stand at Rodney Parade, Hurst ran the length of the pitch to celebrate with the travelling contingent of 339 Stags’ fans, something which the Chesterfield-born man feels is important.
“I just ran the whole length, I just wanted to celebrate with the fans. Obviously I’m a Chesterfield lad so there’s always going to be some 'little bits and bobs' but I want to prove to them, the Mansfield fans, that I’m here to do the business and I’m enjoying my time here.”
Supporters will be able to view Kevan Hurst’s post-match interview on Stags PlayerHD later this evening.
Newport County boss Warren Feeney takes the positives after last-gasp defeat to Mansfield Town
walesonline.co.uk, 6 AUG 2016, BY MATTHEW SOUTHCOMBE
A 93rd-minute goal meant the Exiles got their season off to a losing start at Rodney Parade
Newport County manager Warren Feeney insisted there were signs of improvement from his new-look team despite the bitter disappointment of conceding a 93rd-minute winner against Mansfield Town at Rodney Parade.
It was a 12th game without a win for the Exiles as they started the new League Two season as they ended the last campaign.
Feeney, who has made 14 new signings during the summer, started 10 new boys alongside goalkeeper Joe Day but was left with a familiar feeling of disappointment at the final whistle.
His side had looked set to claim a point after twice coming from behind to level.
Winger Jack Compton cancelled out Matt Green’s opener with a sublime free-kick in the first half and after the break Joss Labadie bundled in after Danny Rose had restored the Stags lead.
But Kevan Hurst’s curled effort from the edge of the area at the death deceived Day and meant all that hard work counted for nothing.
“It’s a cruel way to start the season,” said Feeney. “I thought we played very well in the first half.
“We set the tempo and then went behind against the run of play but showed great character to get back into the game.
“They started the better in the second half and got the goal but once we got the equaliser I thought there was only going to be one winner.”
Feeney felt former Cardiff City right-back Jazzi Barnum-Bobb was at fault for the winner.
“When you’ve got a player (Hurst) who is right footed and playing on the left you’ve got to show him down the left but we will learn from these mistakes,” he said.
“I’m gutted for my players because I thought there was enough in the changing room to get the win.
“To get done the way we did, I don’t know if it was a cross or a shot, is a very bitter pill to swallow.
“There were some decent performances from us but I expect that,” he added.
“I’m pleased with parts of our game but to concede the way we did is very disappointing.
“But it’s a new team and it will take time and it’s a big improvement from last season.”
The Exiles host League One MK Dons in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night before travelling to Leyton Orient in League Two next Saturday in search of a first win since March.
County: Day; Butler, Turley, Bennett, Barnum-Bobb; Myrie-Williams (Tozer, 71), Labadie, Randall, Compton; Rigg, Jackson
Subs not used: Bittner, Darren Jones, Bignot, Owen-Evans, Dafydd Jones
Booked: Labadie, Randall
Referee: Robert Jones
Attendance: 2,790 (339 Mansfield)
First league game for 8months since I torn my ACL and great to get the 3 points today #stags
Ashley Hemmings @AshHemmo23
Great start, now we got to do it for the rest of the 45 games left. Winners always find a way! #COYS
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