MURRAY AND DEREK ADAMS REACTION
Manager picks positives from Argyle defeat
mansfieldtown.net, 5th November 2016
Stags’ boss Adam Murray believes his side were ‘more like their old selves’ this afternoon despite being defeated 2-1 at home to Plymouth Argyle in the Emirates FA Cup.
The Pilgrims took the lead in the 14th minute thanks to Jordan Slew’s individual effort before winger Ashley Hemmings got Stags back on level terms in the second half with a wonderful half-volley. However, Plymouth snatched it towards the end as midfielder David Fox struck from just outside the penalty area to secure the away side’s passage in to the second round.
And manger Murray is taking the positives from the performance after seeing Stags dominate much of the game.
“There’s been a lot of positives on the pitch and off the pitch and I think the performance was more like our old selves today,” Murray said.
“There was a lot of energy, a lot of tempo, [we were] probably lacking a little bit of belief. I think, at times, we could have gone and had that little bit more confidence in our play in the final third but overall, [I’m] really, really pleased with some of the performances.
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“We’ve let the players do the talking on the training ground and I felt the performance did that today and we’ll look to build on that. We know what we need to be about and today was more about us and a step in the right direction.
“I’m disappointed but we’ll take the positives. There were a lot of good performances, a lot of good attacking play and we probably should have got more out of the game.”
The gaffer also praised the One Call Stadium crowd for their on-going support throughout the match.
“It’s obviously great for the players to hear but I think the performance warranted that. It’s a two-way thing - you put performances in [and] people see you’re doing everything you can and you get the rewards for that.
“I think the crowd saw that the lads gave everything out there today and on another day you win the game and it’s just about building the belief back in to the players [about] how good they can be and moving forward with that.”
Boss Murray now wants to build on today’s display when he takes his side to the iPro Stadium on Tuesday evening (08 November, 7.45pm kick-off) to face Derby County in the final game of the Checkatrade Trophy group stage.
“We want to build on that performance today, we want a positive result and we want to qualify for the next round so we’re going there to win on Tuesday, we’re not going there as a game we don’t want.
"We want the game and we want to win it [on] Tuesday because it’s important. That was important today to get us back playing and get us back controlling the game and dictating to the top of the league, so we’ll take little wins out of that.”
Supporters can view Adam Murray’s post-match interview on Stags PlayerHD.
Stags boss Murray delighted in defeat after ‘best week in football’
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Saturday 05 November 2016
Adam Murray was delighted to see his side ‘more like their old selves’ as they battled well in today’s 2-1 home defeat by League Two leaders Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup first round.
The Stags gave a very good account of themselves and deserved at least a replay before David Fox stole a winner 10 minutes from time.
“I thought we were very good in spells and the lads showed what they can be about, so we will take a lot of positives from that,” said manager Murray.
“I was disappointed with the second goal. If you actually look at it, (Jimmy) Spencer threw (Jamie) McGuire on the floor and it’s a blatant foul.
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“There were a lot of good performances, a lot of good attacking play and we probably should have had more out the game.
“There have been a lot of positives on the pitch and off the pitch this week and I think that performance was much more like our old selves - a lot of energy and a lot of tempo.
“I think we are lacking a bit of belief at times. We needed a bit more confidence in the final third.”
A week earlier Murray hinted he may walk away from the club after suffering personal abuse from a section of fans.
But seven days on, he said: “It has probably been one of the best weeks I have ever had in football to be honest.
“I have met some really great people with great thought processes. It has changed my view forever.
“My affinity to the club has never been in question. I believe we’ve taken the club a million miles in the last two years and I will do the same in the next two years.
“It was pleasing to see the positiveness from the crowd today which makes a difference.
“It was great for the players to hear, but I think the performance warranted that. It’s a two-way thing.
“It was the same at the end. The crowd saw the lads gave everything today and on another day you win the game. It’s now building the belief back in the players how good they can be.”
Derek Adams: Plymouth Argyle had to dig deep for FA Cup win at Mansfield
By Chris Errington, November 06, 2016, plymouthherald.co.uk
DEREK ADAMS was pleased with the fight shown by his side as Plymouth Argyle beat Mansfield Town 2-1 in a tough FA Cup first round tie.
Goals from Jordan Slew and David Fox saw the Pilgrims come out on top at Field Mill on Saturday.
As Adams had expected, Argyle had to deal with a lot of balls into their penalty area, both from open play and set pieces.
And on a day when a strong, driving wind made passing football difficult, the visitors had to demonstrate their battling qualities.
Adams said: "We have come away and it's a tough venue. We knew it wasn't going to be easy.
"There wasn't a lot of football on show but that's the kind of fixture it was going to be,
"We fought hard and played very in good spells. We were able to get the lead in the game with great play from Jordan Slew."
His fourth goal of the season came in the 14th minute after he counter-attacked at pace and found the net with a low angled shot.
"We probably feel we should have gone on to get another goal in that time," said the Pilgrims' boss.
"But Mansfield came back into the game in the second half when they scored their goal."
The equaliser was scored by former Argyle loan signing Ashley Hemmings, who fired high into the corner after a cross reached him at the far post.
Adams said: "They got a lift from that goal and you saw that with their energy and willingness to get forward."
With more than half an hour still to play the outcome at that stage of the tie was in balance.
It stayed that way until the 80th minute when Slew passed the ball inside to Fox and he drove the ball past Jensen from 20 yards to restore Argyle's lead.
Adams said: "It was a well-worked move down the left. It was a good cut-back and strike by David."
Argyle goalkeeper Luke McCormick made one crucial save at 1-1 when he pushed another shot from Hemmings onto a post.
Adams said: "When they (Mansfield) scored the goal the supporters here were getting with them.
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"We knew that was going to be the case, but our supporters were with us after that as well. It's always nice to come away from home and score two goals."
It was a tricky afternoon for McCormick and Jensen, in particular, with the wind making it difficult to judge the flight of the ball.
Clearances into the wind were also not easy, and Adams admitted that Argyle had hoped to have the elements in the first half.
"We lost the toss and they (Mansfield) were able to turn us around," he said.
"We actually played a wee bit better in the first half with the wind against us, rather than for us."
He continued: "I thought there were a lot of very good performances from us.
"Jimmy Spencer was excellent up front at times. So were (Yann Songo'o) and (David) Fox in the middle of the park.
"It's important we have these players performing well."
'Competitive' Yann Songo'o was key Plymouth Argyle player in FA Cup victory
By Chris Errington, November 06, 2016, plymouthherald.co.uk
DEREK ADAMS thought defensive midfielder Yann Songo'o was one of the keys to Plymouth Argyle's 2-1 FA Cup victory over Mansfield Town.
Songo'o made numerous tackles and headers throughout the first round tie at Field Mill.
But his importance stood out in the closing stages as Argyle tried to see out the game with a slender lead.
Mansfield sent on powerful striker Darius Henderson as a substitute as a substitute in a desperate attempt at all-out attack.
Songo'o, and the rest of his team-mates, stood firm as the Pilgrims booked their passage into round two.
Adams said: "He plays in that area of the pitch where you need competitive players.
"Yann is that - he goes and wins headers. At the end, they had Darius Henderson and (Matt) Green up front.
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"They were launching balls forward so we needed a physical element to the team to see it through."
Adams showed 'great respect' for the FA Cup by selecting his strongest possible side against Mansfield.
And that paid off for the League Two leaders as goals from Jordan Slew and David Fox saw them get the better of Mansfield.
Adams said: "We have shown great respect for the FA Cup. It's an important competition in this country and we are delighted to be through."
He added: "I just think that sometimes we are devaluing some competitions.
"We do make too many changes at times. I have done it in the past for the Checkatrade Trophy and we have just got to be careful what we do.
"The FA Cup is an old, old competition and we have got to respect it."
Argyle will be ball number 23 in the draw for the second round, which will take place tonight.
Adams said: "I don't mind who we get. Home or away we will take it.
"We have done very well on the road, as well as at home, so I can't say we will be disappointed if we are away from home."
The Pilgrims picked up £18,000 prize money for their FA Cup triumph against Mansfield.
They last reached the second round in 2014 when, after beating part-timers AFC Fylde 2-0 at Home Park, they lost 3-0 away to League One outfit Sheffield United.
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