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MURRAY, GOBERN, CRAIG HIGNETT REACTION
22nd September 2016 22:18



Murray pleased with Hartlepool point
mansfieldtown.net, 17th September 2016

Stags’ boss Adam Murray has praised his players for the 'very good point' they picked up away at Hartlepool United this afternoon.

A game of few chances ended goalless in the North East and the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock was when Pools had a second half effort ruled out for offside.

And Murray says he is pleased to leave Hartlepool with a point this evening and believes the players deserve credit for the way they've performed recently, despite the number of injuries in the squad.

“To come away from home and get a clean sheet and pick a point up, you take that,” Murray said.

"To be ninth in the league at the minute, we’ll take that. I revert back to, we have to keep understating that yes we want success but everybody else does in this league as well.

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"You look at the top seven at the minute and it’s all the big hitters, and we’ve got to break that, which is going to be a tough job.

"We’re full of confidence; we keep saying it but it’s a credit to the boys with the 'disjointment' we’ve had, the inconsistency of being able to pick a continuous team, stick with a continuous system, stick with a continuous way of playing and we’ve still managed to be ninth in the league at the minute."

The 34-year-old Stags’ chief revealed to the press post-match that midfielder Adam Chapman has left the club today by mutual consent and Murray says it is a fresh start for both parties.

“It was just one of them situations where I sat with Chappy, it’s been tough for me, I’ve known the kid for 12 years, 13 years, and we just felt it wasn’t working.

“I think he’s somebody that he needs to play with confidence, he needs an environment where he can express himself.

“So we looked at it and we had a conversation, us and him, as a football club and an individual, and came to an agreement that it was best that we went our separate ways and [have] a fresh start for both of us.”

The manager also revealed that striker Matt Green is close to signing a contract extension at the club after Stags turned down a bid for the frontman during the summer transfer window.

“If I’m being totally open and honest with everything at the minute, as a group, the staff, we spoke with the senior boys, we feel like the start of the season’s been very bitty and bobby and disjointed for us. With injuries and stuff that’s going on off the pitch that’s affected the group, it’s affected the staff, we kind of drew a line under that yesterday.

“Part of that was Greeny’s situation - that’s thrown the group left, right and centre and Matt’s the first one to admit that before today, that the last few games since Leyton Orient, he hasn’t been himself and we’ve missed that.

“But that got sorted this week; I think Matt’s just about to extend his contract now so we’ve put that to bed, which is a massive thing for the group.

“He’s had a tough week this week because he’s been trying to sort it out and get it done and dusted. We're thankful for the chairman for helping us sort it and getting it done and we move on.”

Supporters will be able to view Adam Murray's post-match interview on Stags PlayerHD later this evening.

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Murray happy with ‘good’ away point Mansfield Town's
chad.co.uk

Adam Murray took heart from having claimed a difficult point away from home as Mansfield Town drew 0-0 at Hartlepool United on Saturday.

Both sides created several openings during the game but neither was able to break the other down as the match ended in a stalemate.

And Murray felt satisfied with his team’s efforts overall.

He said: “I thought we were a bit disjointed in the first-half but we tweaked things a bit in the second and, as with any point away from home, this was a good one for us.

“There has been lots going on off the pitch that the lads have been distracted by but we drew a line under that last night and focused on the football today.

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“I still don’t think we’ve found our feet fully yet but despite that we’re still in the top ten which isn’t bad going.”

Murray admitted that the news about Adam Chapman leaving the club and also striker Matt Green having not been his usual safe in recent weeks had been a distraction for his squad, but that he now hopes things will settle down.

He added: “Greeny admitted that being linked to other clubs unsettled him a bit and he’s not been at his best, but I’m hopeful we can put that behind us now and I’m also hopeful he’ll be signing a new contract with us in due course as that will be a big boost. When Greeny plays well he’s a massive asset.”

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New signing determined to repay gaffer's faith
mansfieldtown.net, 17th September 2016

New addition Oscar Gobern wants to repay Stags' boss Adam Murray with high-quality performances, the midfielder declared today, just hours after his signing was revealed.

The 25-year-old put pen to paper yesterday and was announced only 90 minutes before today's match away at Hartlepool United, which finished 0-0.

The midfielder was brought on at half-time in today's contest, replacing CJ Hamilton, and impressed with a number of neat passages of play.

Having not played competitive football for 12 months because of a knee injury, the 6ft 3in player was clearly enthused by manager Adam Murray's words of encouragement prior to entering the field for the first time since his lay-off.

“The gaffer has shown a lot of faith in me by bringing me on in the second half,” said Gobern, speaking after today’s match.

“He said ‘go out there and express yourself’ and I think we did that in the second half.

“It was a positive result, overall, heading into next week against Grimsby.

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“The gaffer's given me a platform to play and I want to repay that to the gaffer, the fans and players.

"The gaffer's been great with me since I've arrived and I’ve settled in well."

Overall, the ex-QPR player was pleased with the point gained,

"Its a tough place to come [at Victoria Park]. The fans are 'on you' as it's a close stadium; you hear everything that's said."

And Gobern already has his sights set on playing at One Call Stadium in Stags' next match on Saturday, in a 12.15pm kick-off against Grimsby.

"We go into next week's match feeling good. It'll be a tough game. They're doing quite well. It'll be physical.

"We will have to implement our game. The gaffer's encouraging us to get on the ball, express ourselves and that's what we need to do next week."

The midfielder's interview will be available to view shortly on Stags Player HD.

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We Had The Chances To Win It - Hignett
hartlepoolunited.co.uk, Sat 17 Sep 2016

Craig Hignett declared himself satisfied with a point against Mansfield Town but admitted that if his side had been able to find a more ruthless streak they could have taken all three.

The Pools boss watched on as the hosts dominated in terms of possession but couldn’t find a way through a dogged and determined Stags outfit who maintained a threat on the counter.

Clear-cut opportunities were at a premium for either side but Hignett insisted that it was Pools who were the more creative in front of goal and should have had the quality to find a way through.

“I think we have created enough chances to have won the game,” Hignett told Pools PlayerHD.

“It was a hard-fought game and there wasn’t much between the teams but I think we created more and better chances and if we had been more clinical we would have got three points.

“If I’m honest, I think we probably settled for a point too early; with twenty minutes left we took our foot off the gas a little and protected it rather than keeping on going.

“But I can see why the lads have done that because we’ve been drumming in to them about their defensive shape, being disciplined and keeping a clean sheet - and they’ve done that so I have got be happy with them defensively.

“We had good chances in the second half with Billy Paynter and Josh Laurent, and Padraig Amond had a header so we’re disappointed not to be winning but we’ll take a point.”

Read more at http://www.hartlepoolunited.co.uk/news/article/2016-17/hartlepool-united-0-mansfield-town-0-craig-hignett-reaction-3313021.aspx#rwzqtqm851RK2FGp.99

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@alexiacovitti
Good point away from home, tough place to go, happy to keep a clean sheet as well #Stags

Jamie Mcguire
Good point away today good building block on to next week now great little Derby to be involved in make sure we get a good backing from the fans get the one call bouncing

Nathan Thomas @Naththomas19
Should of taken all 3 points today but sometimes that's how it goes! Onto the next one

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