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31st December 2014 18:13

Murray post-match video interview (103.2/StagsPlayer):


Murray looks ahead to transfer window
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Manager Adam Murray admits that he’s eagerly anticipating the opening of the transfer window in a few days time, as he looks to add some key ingredients to his squad.

Our boss was speaking in his post-match interview after today’s 2-0 loss away at Bury.

Goals either side of half-time by Ryan Lowe and Danny Mayor condemned us to defeat at the JD Stadium, which also means at the midway point of the campaign we occupy 17th position in Sky Bet League Two, having racked up 27 points from 23 games.

“It’s disappointing [to lose], but at the same time we came into this game and knew what we were up against,” said Murray.

“As I’ve said before, there needs to be a realisation of where we are. Our situation at the minute is where we’re scrapping for every point.

“What people want and what I want, and the expectations that people have, at this time we can’t push them. We’re in a battle, we need points on board - the lads are aware of that, and that’s our main aim at the minute.

“It’s a horrible situation where if we’re being totally honest, everything - the situation with the group, the scenario, it’s lost one manager his job, so the realism is that there needs to be change.

“The sooner we can get some more ingredients in, the better.”

He added: “We’ve come to the halfway point and I’m going to do my best over the next two weeks to freshen things up, because I think it’s needed.

“Like I’ve said over the last couple of weeks, if [the club] had made an external change of manager, there would have had to have been freshness.

“There has to be a fresh emphasis put on the group’s energy, the atmosphere in the group has to be brought up another notch again and we need to do that.

“I’m not worried in the slightest because I’ve seen the good things that we do and I know that when we get these ingredients, we’ll be okay.”

Speaking about the game in more detail, he continued: “Obviously we’ve come away from home to what I believe is one of the best football sides in the league, who move the ball well.

“We knew that if we pressed from the off, we were likely to get picked off today, because from the work we’ve done on our shape over the last three weeks, we’re still a million miles away from where we want to be.

“The plan was to keep our shape in the first half and when we nicked the ball, see if we could punish them.

“I think at times we kept our shape, but the boys took things a bit too literally when we did win the ball as we didn’t want to go and hurt them.

“If we didn’t concede a sloppy goal, which was down an individual error, we’d have come in 0-0 [at half-time] against a team that’s just outside the play-offs.

“Then you look at things and our ‘Plan B’ so to speak, where we went to a 4-4-2 after 60 minutes - that was always going to be the case, but we expected to be in the game at 0-0 at that time.

“When we did that we created two or three chances where we’ve got to score. We flashed two across the goalmouth and they have to be goals.

“So individual errors [cost us] for the goals. You look at the flow of the game and how it went and if we’d come in at half-time at 0-0, I think we’d have got something.”

Murray added: “The first 45 minutes - I let the lads know at half-time, and again at full-time, it’s not what I’m about. I won’t have my teams going out and going through the motions.

“But like I said after the Hartlepool game, that’s the inconsistency of this group at the minute. We do all the preparation and all of the work, and the lads can’t be anymore prepared.

“Are these lads giving me everything? Yes. Is it enough? I think we need a little bit of help in there and we’re lacking a couple of leaders, a little bit of character, but more importantly a bit of nous, because when we put a game-plan together, if we haven’t got people that can carry it out, then that’s a problem.”


Murray confident new signings will haul Stags out of trouble

Adam Murray tonight told supporters he was confident his new signings in the forthcoming transfer window would make all the difference to get Mansfield Town away from a relegation battle.


A not unexpected 2-0 at classy Bury this afternoon left them 17th, five points off the drop zone, but the manager insisted: “I am disappointed at the result, but at the same time, when we came into the game we knew what we were coming up against.

“We have to be realistic about where we are, we are scrapping for every point. We are in a battle and we need points on the board, the lads are aware of that.

“It is a horrible situation if I am totally honest. This situation has already lost one manager his job, so realism says changes need to be made. The sooner we can get more ingredients in the better.

“We can’t give the players any more preparation. Something has to change.

“Are they giving me everything they’ve got? Is it enough? We need some help in there. We need some leaders and characters with some nous who can cope when things are not going to plan.

“I will do my best in the next two weeks to freshen things up. I am not worried as I have seen the good things we can do and know that with those new ingredients, we will be okay. We just need some fresh impetus and a burst of energy within the group to shake the whole thing up.

“We do need to bring a few in. It will all depend on what is decided about the loan players and one or two others may have to go out.

“I can’t do the makeover I would love to mid-season as I would like to make big changes.

“But I don’t want 30 players sat in the stands. The players that come in must be able to affect things. No one is coming in for the sake of it.”

On today’s defeat, which saw errors by keeper Dimitar Evtimov and Jamie McGuire punished by goals, he added: “We knew today if we went too gung-ho in the first half we might get picked off. Even though we are working on it, our shape is a million miles from what we want.

“We were always going to go 4-4-2 after an hour and we did create two or three good chances we should have scored then.

“But we planned to still be at 0-0 then, instead we had conceded another sloppy goal from an individual error. If fact, both goals were individual errors.

“I would like to see the Dimitar one again as my goalkeeping coach said it moved as it went towards him. But, for me, he shouldn’t have pushed it down towards that area.

“But since he came in he couldn’t have done much more for us. Every bit of luck is against us which is what happens when you’re in the situation we are in.

“But there are 23 games still to play and a hell of a lot of football.

“This was always going to be a challenge and I am confident we will be successful in that challenge. I am excited and feeling positive about it.

“I love it when we are up against it and we will come out of the other side.

“If we can break into that top half of the table we will have won the league for me. Hopefully we can push on from there. Anything above that and we would be in dream world. A manager does not get the sack for no reason.

“We need to beat the sides in and around us and try to pick up points from the teams above us. We need to hang onto the two or three above us and try to overtake them. I wanted more but four points from three game were four big points for us in our situation”


Bury manager David Flitcroft told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I'm absolutely delighted. That was a representation of everything I want to bring to the Bury public.
"What I saw today was a technical team first half who outshone and outperformed Mansfield. They couldn't get anywhere near near us at times in the first half.
"Second half, when they locked onto us, it was a real battling performance. But I thought we carved them and we looked menacing at every opportunity going forward."

Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"The first half was a 45 minutes that didn't reflect me as a person, there wasn't enough hunger, desire or willingness for anyone to do their own individual job.
"People know that will not be tolerated. It has been three weeks where people have been on trial to keep their shirt because it was always going to be the case that we would need to bring fresh faces into the group.
"My big point is that we haven't got the consistency, we haven't got a group that can do it week in and week out.
"If we did, then we would be in or around the top 10. We haven't and that is why we are where we are."


Flitcroft: Result never in doubt

The Shakers had gone eight games without a win before their Boxing Day victory at Northampton.


Ryan Lowe and Danny Mayor then scored late in each half against Mansfield to give Bury their first back-to-back league wins since September and put them back on the brink of the League Two play-off places.

"It's been a good Christmas," said manager Flitcroft. "The fans and the players deserve that.

"I asked them to sacrifice a lot in terms of family time and they've worked tirelessly.

"In the last three games we've got back to representing what the club's about.

"It was never in doubt. If you look at the performances, we were building towards back-to-back wins, which we've got now.

"It wasn't down to a lack of belief, it was just a matter of making better decisions against teams of Mansfield's style."

"In the first half, technically it was an excellent performance," he added. "We moved the ball superbly.

"Second half we had to out-battle them, which we didn't do in November. We didn't get to grips with the physicality.

"But we did here, we showed both sides of what we're about. The game management was great. It was a commanding performance."

The Shakers had struggled to break down Mansfield's five-man defence early on until Lowe twice fired straight at Dimitar Evtimov.

And when Hallam Hope's 20-yard effort was parried by Evtimov in the 40th minute Lowe tapped in the rebound for his eighth goal of the season - and first in 11 games.

With 12 minutes left, Bury found Mayor deep down the left and the winger turned his man before cutting inside and firing inside the far post for his sixth goal this term.

Mansfield almost pulled one back as Brown's cut-back was deflected goalwards but keeper Rob Lainton managed to turn it wide.

Their recently-appointed manager Adam Murray said: "I'm disappointed but we knew what we'd be up against.

"Bury are one of the best sides in the league. They move the ball well so if we pressed from the off we were likely to get picked off.

We couldn't go gung-ho.

"We kept our shape well but at times the boys took it too literally because when we did win it back we didn't want to hurt them.

"At 60 minutes we went 4-4-2 and created two or three chances. But there has to be a realism of the situation we're in.

"We're in a battle and we need points on the board - the lads are aware of that.

"The whole scenario has already cost one manager his job so there needs to be change. The sooner we can get more ingredients in the better."



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