MURRAY AND SHAUN DERRY REACTION
Boss pleased to stretch unbeaten home run
mansfieldtown.net, 3rd September 2016
Stags’ boss Adam Murray was pleased to see his side pick up a point against Cambridge United this afternoon, despite not being at their best.
Murray’s men stretched their unbeaten home run to eight league matches on an afternoon when both sides defended resolutely to prevent the deadlock from being broken.
And the manager said his side weren’t at their best against the U’s and believes picking up points in those situations is an important attribute to possess.
“You can’t win every game; this is a competitive league and we need to understand, as a football club, that you can’t win every game. Be it home or away, you can’t, and when you’re average you still need to tick points off and we’ve done that today,” the Stags’ chief said.
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“It was a classic League Two game and I don’t think any team got any rhythm, I don’t think there was many shots on goal, there wasn’t much creativity, but when you’re average and you tick points off, you take that.
“They’re a very good team, a very strong team [and] they just need the rub of the green and they’ll be up there this season, don’t worry about that. We’ll look back at this as a very good point and move on.”
The stalemate against the U’s ensured Stags secured their second clean sheet of the season and Murray believes his side were more organised defensively this afternoon.
“You can’t have any more, defensively. We’ll take that, we’ll take a clean sheet, I don’t think Scott [Shearer] made a save. Scott hasn’t had to make a save so defensively, organisation-wise, we were a lot better than we have been [in] these last two games.
“I thought we could’ve been a bit better in the final third and the middle third with our decision-making. Our decision-making let us down today. Can you put that down to conditions? Partly. It does play a part but we’ve still got to be better in them areas.”
The gaffer revealed prior to the game that striker Danny Rose suffered a fractured eye socket in the 2-0 Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Doncaster Rovers and will see a specialist on Monday, but Murray also revealed that a number of players are nearing full fitness again.
“He’s got [an appointment with] a specialist so we’ll make no assumptions yet. We’ll see what happens on Monday but he’s obviously a big player for us. He’s somebody that scores goals and you want them people in your team.
“He had no problems with his vision and then the next day, he was coughing up blood so there was obviously something ‘gone on’ so he went for a scan and an X-ray and that was when we found out.
“We’ll see on Monday but again, we got more minutes into Hendo (Darius Henderson) today, which he needs, we got more minutes into Pat [Hoban], these are big players for us. We’re hoping that over the next seven days we’ll see a big improvement in Jack Thomas and Chris Clements.”
Supporters can view Adam Murray’s post-match interview on Stags PlayerHD.
Stags boss Murray happy with point from Cambridge clash to forget
by John Lomas, chad.co.uk, Saturday 03 September 2016
Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray believes today’s point in a dull 0-0 home draw with bottom club Cambridge United will prove a good one by the end of the season.
In strong wind and rain, supporters were given little to cheer on an afternoon to forget.
But Murray remains convinced Cambridge will come good and make the play-offs.
“It was like putting putting pins in your eyes for large parts. I am not watching that back,” he smiled.
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“You can’t just blame it on the conditions. I think both teams will look back at the end of the season and take that point as it was a horrible game.
“It was bitty and bobby and never got started. There was no rhythm to the game. There weren’t many shots at goal and there wasn’t much creativity.
“Fair play to them, they came and pressed us first half and didn’t allow us to get any rhythm.
“This is a competitive league and you have to understand you can’t win every game.
“When you are average you have to tick the points off and we’ve done that today, so we stay two points of the top of the table.
“But, apart from analysing the main things, I won’t be spending too much time watching that one back with popcorn or ice cream. It was a classic League Two game.”
Murray added: “I said before the game Cambridge are a very good team, very strong, and they just need the rub of the green.
“They will be up there this season, don’t worry about that. We will look back on this as a very good point.
“We’ll take the clean sheet and Scott Shearer hasn’t had to make a save.”
Murray said striker Danny Rose would be seeing a specialist on Monday with the fractured eye socket he suffered in midweek and the club hope to then learn how long he will be missing.
Anxious wait for Stags on Rose injury Danny Rose
by John Lomas, chad.co.uk
Mansfield Town should find out tomorrow ho long they may be without striker Danny Rose after it was revealed he has suffered a fractured eye socket in the midweek defeat by Doncaster.
The Stags were held 0-0 at home by Cambridge United yesterday, rarely testing keeper Will Norris at all in a poor game and boss Adam Murray knows they will miss the firepower of summer signing Rose.
"He is at a specialist on Monday so we’ll make no assumptions yet,” he said.
“We will see what happens.
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“But he is obviously a big player for us. He is somebody who scores goals and you want those people in your team.”
On the incident that caused the injury, Murray said: “It was in the second half he took a blow in the six yard box and we didn’t think it was that bad.
“He had no problem with his vision. Then the next day he was coughing up blood.
“So he went for a scan and an X-ray and they found out what it was, which was two days afterwards.
“But we did get more minutes in Hendo (Darius Henderson) today, which he needs, more minutes into Pat (Hoban) - these are big players for us.
“We are hoping over the next seven days there will be a big improvement in Jack Thomas and Chris Clements too.
“What people don’t take into consideration is that it has been a tough month. They say - you’re footballers, it’s what you get paid for - but I’d like to see some people try and do it.
“I spoke to Shaun Derry before the game and we’re all in the same boat. We are glad that first month is out of the way as it was a lot of games and a lot of football to get through in the first four or five weeks of the season.
“It’s been tough but no one could ask more of us than being two points off the top of the table.”
Mansfield Town 0 Cambridge United 0: Shaun Derry gives his views on a battling draw for the U's
Cambridge News, September 03, 2016, By Aaron Mason
Shaun Derry provided his thoughts after Cambridge United were held to a goalless draw in their Sky Bet League Two encounter with Mansfield.
ON THE PERFORMANCE
"I thought it was a really good performance today against a real tough nut to crack.
"Adam (Murray, Stags boss) and his team are very direct and they make no apologies for that.
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"They're relentless in the way they play, but I thought that the performance levels of our boys were very good, I'm really pleased.
"They've got some decent players, more than decent, they wouldn't be sat in the top six if they weren't.
"But I think if you were to look at the league today after that game, you'd be laughing your head off to see where we are compared to where Mansfield are, and that's with the greatest respect to them, but I'm delighted with my team today.
"We had some great moments. We had a real good passage of play three or four times in the game and when you come away from home, you might only get that amount of chances.
"Some of our play was first class, it just lacked that end product going into the net, but it will come.
"This is a team with so many new players coming in. They're still building relationships and we've had a number of things that haven't gone our way this season.
"But we are where we are and you have to build blocks and the blocks we're building at the moment are positive ones - two clean sheets, two good performances."
ON BRAD HALLIDAY
"It was an understanding that was telepathic at times and that's why I wanted both of them at the football club because I thought out of the two players who really had an understanding of how it felt to play with each other last season it was Accrington's right side.
"To get them both in is great news for us and I thought Brad had a more than accomplished debut, I thought he was outstanding."
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