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Murray delighted by players’ application
mansfieldtown.net, 28th February 2015

Boss happy with the character our team have showed in best month of season so far.

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Manager Adam Murray was delighted with the way in which his players applied themselves to earn victory against Dagenham & Redbridge this afternoon - and achieve our best points ratio in a month so far this season.

After a forgettable first half, our team opened the scoring just 52 seconds into the second half when Reggie Lambe slotted home from point-blank range, after Junior Brown had seen an initial effort saved.

The Daggers equalised on the hour mark through veteran forward Jamie Cureton, but it wasn’t enough, as in horrible windy conditions, we recorded a win which moves us five points clear of the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone, thanks to a late effort by Brown.

Overall, it means our team have recorded 10 points in February - victories coming today, as well as against Luton Town and Stevenage, whilst a point was earned in a draw with Northampton Town.

“I’m over the moon,” said our boss. “It wasn’t the prettiest of games, the wind was horrendous and ‘killed us’ and we couldn’t get out of our own half in the first half, but we asked for certain ingredients at half-time and we got that.

“It was a very cagey affair. I think everyone in the ground was on edge and that rubbed off on the lads to be honest, but the lads gave me what I asked for and it’s a huge three points for us.”

He continued: “[The early goal in the second half] was just what we needed. I asked for someone to kick-start us, I asked for the first half, the first tackle, the first race, the first pass to be ours and we got the goal that kicked us on.

“If I’m being honest, I thought their goal was superb and a great move. We then had to go again and dig in to win the game, but that’s our best month points-wide this season and it’s a big step for us.

“Looking at the other results, it was a big win for us.”

With six matches left to played at One Call Stadium this term, Murray has re-iterated his call for supporters to back the team as much as possible in order for us to be successful.

Our boss added: “In the last 20 minutes or half-an-hour of a game when the fans get going, they kick in and the drum comes out - the lads were saying [in the dressing room] what a difference it makes to them.

“I know it’s tough for the supporters, because they’re all on edge and anxious, but we need that from the first minute as it’s a major boost for us.”

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Stags boss Murray delighted with ‘massive three points’
chad.co.uk by John Lomas

Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray was a happy and relieved man after Mansfield Town’s crucial 2-1 home win over relegation rivals Dagenham & Redbridge today.


Murray even twisted his ankle in the wild goal celebrations that followed Junior Brown’s 83rd minute winner.

But he wasn’t the only one in the wars as Ryan Tafazolli suffered a dislocated shoulder in the first half which was put back in and he soldiered on with a superb display at the back.

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Reggie Lambe had put Mansfield in front before Jamie Cureton’s 250th League goal levelled matters only for Brown to be the late hero.

As Stags went above Dagenham in the table, Murray beamed: “I am over the moon. It was a massive three points.

“It wasn’t the prettiest of games. It was a horrible first half. We had a galeforce wind in our faces and couldn’t get out our half.

“I tore into them and asked for certain ingredients at half-time and I got that. We came out and showed the great team spirit we have got.

“We had to dig in. But that is the best month’s points total of the season.

“It was a very cagey affair. Everyone in the ground was on edge and that rubbed off on the lads. But they gave me everything I asked of them.”

On a tense afternoon, the home fans didn’t make much noise until later in the game when they saw their side pressing for a winner.

Murray said: “There was an eerie feeling about the place today. I didn’t like it but I understand. There was a real anxiety.

“I know some people in football are not very patient and at times today the ground was silent. When that happens all you can hear are the negative things which is disappointing.

“At the end the lads were saying what a difference it made for them when the fans started making noise.

“We need that from the first minute, though I know it’s easier when we are on top. But they pushed us over the line in the end and I thank them for that again.”

He added: “At half-time I asked for someone to kickstart us and we got the goal and that kicked us on.

“We went a bit more direct after the break with the wind behind us and scored from two second balls that we knew we would fall to us.

“To be honest I thought their equaliser was superb and a great move. We spoke about Jamie Cureton’s threat during the week and today we only allowed him one chance. But he showed what a quality striker he is and scored it.

“Now I would like to put this away form to bed as it is doing my nut in at the minute.”

In his 100th game in charge of Dagenham, manager Wayne Burnett said: “I thought we were worth a point today. We gave away two really sloppy goals, you can’t afford to defend like that.

“It was always going to be a game of concentration today.

“I said to the players that the team that concentrated the best and for the longest would win the game.

“The conditions were difficult and we struggled at times to clear, but after falling behind we got ourselves back into the game with a fantastic goal by Jamie Cureton.

“It’s absolutely brilliant, fantastic for him to reach 250 League goals.”

He continued: “I didn’t think we were under any real pressure at 1-1 and I thought if anything we looked the more likely to go on and win it.

“At that stage there was nothing in the game.

“There were very few goalscoring opportunities. I can’t remember them having a chance in the first half. They came out a bit quicker in the second half, but we got back into it.

“We have still got 13 games to go and lots of points to play for. Let’s not forget we have been on a decent run.

“We’ve been hard to beat and the players have put in a lot of good performances over the last four or five or six weeks. Let’s not take that away from them.

“It has been a tough few weeks. The players are working incredibly hard and doing everything they can.

“Now we have to go again, That’s when we need everyone, the players and supporters moving in the same direction.”


Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"In these games, the pressure is built up by the media and that makes it a must-win game and a six-pointer. But we knew we had to manage the situation because it was a massive game.
"I thought it was an ugly game as it was two anxious teams that wanted points. The atmosphere was very tense - everyone was on edge.
"We went through the motions in the first half, but I asked for a response in the second half and we got what we wanted."

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett told BBC London 94.9 :

"I felt we were worthy of a point, two real sloppy goals to give away and you can't defend like that.
"It was a game of concentration today, and I said that the team who concentrates the best, the longest and the most intensely will win the game.
"We managed to get back into the game with a fantastic goal from Jamie Cureton - I didn't think we were under any real pressure at that point and I thought we were more likely to go on and win the game."



BBCNottinghamSport @BBCRNS
#stags boss Adam Murray reveals he injured himself celebrating their winner today! "I jumped up and landed funny and I've twisted my ankle."

Sarah Clapson @Sarah_Clapson
Just transcribing Murray's quotes from post-match. Best quote so far, describing the pitch: "We're getting tackled by rabbits at the minute.


Adam Murray praises Mansfield Town fans for roaring players on to Dagenham victory
Nottingham Post, by Sarah Clapson

Boss Adam Murray admitted an anxious atmosphere got to his Mansfield Town players.

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But he praised Stags fans for getting behind the team late on and pushing them towards a 2-1 win over Dagenham.

A first half devoid of goalmouth action between two sides battling relegation had done little to easethe tension in the stands at the One Call Stadium.

That filtered down on to the pitch, leaving Murray calling for improvements after the break - a demand that was quickly met by Reggie Lambe's opener.

"I was a little bit annoyed at half-time," said the manager. "There was an eerie feeling about the place; I didn't like it.

"It's understandable but there was a really anxious feeling everywhere around the ground. I think it affected the lads.

"I had to tear another so-and-so into them at half-time but they came out and showed what a great team spirit we've got.

"We got the goal that kicked us on.

"I think that's our best month, points-wise, this season, so it's a big step for us."

Mansfield were forced to summon another response on the hour mark after Jamie Cureton levelled for the visitors.

They proved up to the task again though, with Junior Brown netting the winner.

"It's nothing I don't expect," said Murray. "We're creating something here. I know people in football don't have patience and I think, at times, the ground was silent, and in those times you only hear the negative things.

"But, like I've said all along, in the last 20 minutes or half an hour of a game, when the fans get going and they kick in and the drum comes out - the lads were saying what a difference it makes to them.

"I know it's tough for the supporters because they're all on edge, they're all anxious; but we need that from the first minute because it's a major boost for us.

"When things aren't going our way that's when we need them more.

"It's easy to do it when we're on top and when we're winning, but when they started making noise towards the end of the game it pushed us over the line again."


Tafazolli and Brown want winning mentality to continue
mansfieldtown.net, 28th February 2015

Team effort applauded as Stags pick up vital win against Daggers.

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Defender Ryan Tafazolli and match-winner Junior Brown were pleased that our team’s home form was able to continue as they defeated Dagenham & Redbridge 2-1 in today’s Sky Bet League Two match at One Call Stadium.

Winger Reggie Lambe opened the scoring early in the second half before the visitors equalised through Jamie Cureton. Brown then fired home a thunderous strike in the closing stages which saw us take all three points.

After picking up 10 points from the last four games at One Call Stadium, Tafazolli said: “We feel we can beat anyone at home and we’re now trying to take this into our away games and get the points on the road as well.

Commenting on our team’s defensive display, he continued: “As a defensive unit we will identify what went wrong for their goal. We knew that Jamie Cureton comes alive in the box and that’s what he did. He didn’t do much for large periods of the game but popped up for the goal.”

Meanwhile, Brown wasn’t prepared to take all of the credit for his match-winning goal: “It was a nice strike, but I have to give credit to Billy Kee. He has come on and done fantastic. The assist he has given me was inch perfect and made by job a lot easier.

“It was great awareness from him and selfless. That is what we need at this moment if we want to get these vital wins.

“To be honest, I just wanted to make sure I got good contact on it. I had my fingers crossed that it got through the bodies and it did. It has got us a vital three points, which is the main thing,” he added.

Brown made it clear that he would like to find the back of the net more during the rest of the season. He continued: “I’m frustrated personally not getting enough goals but I’m hoping I can get a few more in the coming weeks and help secure survival.”

Commenting on the game itself, Brown was proud of his team-mates who stood up to the challenge ahead of them: “With the situation they were in as well it was a nervous and tentative game but we stuck at it. We came in at half time at 0-0, which is always a positive.

"We went out in the second half and were more aggressive and assertive. We took the lead and it was disappointing to concede in the way we did. But we stayed focussed, showed mental resolve and got our rewards.

“At this moment in time it isn’t about an individual. It is about everyone. We are all digging in and we are focussed at the job at hand.”

Looking forward to the trip to South Wales to play Newport County on Tuesday, Brown said: “We have been fantastic at home and going into Tuesday we have to take that mentality with us. The lads are all focussed on the task at hand and I’m pretty sure we will go there with the same confidence and attitude.”


Stags’ matchwinner Brown praises Kee
chad.co.uk by John Lomas

Hero Junior Brown was quick to praise Stags sub Billy Kee for laying on the winning goal yesterday as Mansfield Town saw off fellow strugglers Dagenham & Redbridge 2-1.


Brown struck on 83 minutes after Jamie Cureton’s equaliser on the hour had wiped out Reggie Lambe’s 46th minute opener, Stags leapfrogging their rivals at the bottom.

Kee has been a bit of a forgoten man since joining on loan from Scunthorpe but made a significant contribution yesterday.

Brown, who also set up Lambe’s goal and won man of the match, said: “It was a nice strike, but I have got to give credit to Billy Kee, whose set-up was inch-perfect and made my job a lot easier.

“He showed great awareness and selflessness and that’s what we need right now.

“I knew where the goal was and just made sure I made a good contact and got the ball through all the bodies.

“We went more direct second half and created a lot of chances, but things just wouldn’t fall for us.

“But we kept plugging away and got our rewards.”

He added: “It is frustrating for me not getting enough goals so hopefully this was the first of a few in the coming weeks to help us secure survival.

“With the situation, it was a nervous game. But we stuck at it and after the break were more aggressive and more assertive.

“Reggie Lambe did really well with the first goal and that put us on the front foot.

“We have been fantastic at home, but now we have got to take that mentality away and focus on the task in hand.

“It was nice but this is not about one man. It is about everyone and we are all digging in, even those who aren’t playing. You could see that today in the way we celebrated.”

Another hero on the day was centre half Ryan Tafazolli, who completed the game despite dislocating a shoulder in the first half.

“That was a massive three points as it’s getting so tight at the bottom,” he said.

“We were up against a strong wind in the first half, but we soaked everything up and kept a clean sheet.

“We knew second half we would be able to use it to our advantage and we came out all guns blazing and nicked the first goal.

“My shoulder came out and went back in very quickly so I got lucky with that one.

“As a defensive unit we were disappointed with their goal and we will identify what went wrong. We know Jamie Cureton comes alive in the box.”


Wayne Burnett Previews Hartlepool and reviews the defeat to Mansfield

Daggers boss Wayne Burnett looks to bounce back as the team face Hartlepool on Tuesday
"We were back in the game when it went to 1-1, I felt that there wasn’t really much in the game and there were very few chances for both teams. I was disappointed in the manor that we conceded both goals. More could have been done for the second goal, they had three men in the box and we had seven or eight, we could have stopped that and we should have done.

“We have been reasonably good recently when defending, the thing is, in the last two games that we’ve played the goals could have been avoided, there has been a slight lack of concentration and we haven’t focussed at key times. It’s about managing those times in games and that has been the disappointing thing for me especially that we had been doing well with that of late.”

The Daggers have a chance to put the Mansfield result behind them as they face Hartlepool at home on Tuesday.

“We have to bounce back, we have to capitalise on being at home, we know that Hartlepool will come with nothing to lose, they’re playing with no fear and they’ll certainly have a go. They had a very good result against AFC Wimbledon Saturday, so they will be in good spirits and will be having a real go.”

Read more at http://www.daggers.co.uk/news/article/wayne-burnett-league-two-dagenham-and-redbridge-hartlepool-2308069.aspx#8r0UmvVTs3Zw99cu.99


Burnett: Neither team played much football
by George Sessions

Daggers boss reflects on 2-1 defeat at Mansfield, poor conditions and places on the bench for Frankie Raymond and Ian Gayle

Cureton’s 250th league goal just a consolation as Daggers concede late on to lose at Mansfield

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett was disappointed to see his side lose at Mansfield Town on Saturday, especially after Jamie Cureton had brought them level and appeared to give them the initiative.

The 39-year-old’s low strike on the hour mark was the 250th league goal of his career and made it 1-1 at Field Mill.

But Junior Brown scored seven minutes from time after Callum Elder’s long throw had caused problems in the visitors box.

Burnett said: “We are all disappointed. The players will be and the supporters, but we have to go again and that is when we need everyone.

“We need all our support, we need all the players and we need everyone moving in the same direction.

“The conditions were difficult, but we managed to get back in the game with a fantastic goal by Jamie.

“We were back in it and I didn’t think we were under any real pressure at that point. I thought we were probably more likely to go on and win the game.”

Mansfield’s pitch wasn’t in the best of conditions, but Burnett insisted it was better than the last time he visited the stadium.

However it didn’t help either side play much football and with the wind strong long balls were being used more often than not.

“The pitch was actually better than I thought it would be. I came here last Tuesday (February 17) and watched Mansfield play Luton and it was worst then,” revealed Burnett.

“It wasn’t great. You step on it and it is very soft underfoot. It wasn’t conducive for us to try and pass it as much as we would like.

“Both teams didn’t play much football. We just got it forward and it wasn’t a great spectacle. It was about both boxes and restarts.”

A pleasant surprise, though, at Mansfield was to see youngster Frankie Raymond and Ian Gayle earn spots on the bench after returning from loan spells at Eastbourne Borough and St Albans City recently.

Neither came on, but Burnett said they warranted their place amongst the substitutes and discussed Shamir Fenelon, who signed on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday.

He added: “I think Shamir will be a good signing, as will Daniel Carr, but it was too little too late when they came on.

“Frankie and Ian have warranted a place on the bench. They have had some good performances in our development games and our reserve matches so those people are in there on merit.”



Vadaine Oliver19 @VadaineOliver
Great win today buzzin

Martin Riley @LifeofRiley6
What a day! 3 points! Wolves win and Wrexham off to Wembley!

Jeffrey Monakana @JeffreyMonakana
Good win

Wot a win buzzing my boy @JuniorBevil with the winner roll on Tuesday @mansfieldtownfc

Liam Hearn @Hearnz10
Get in there the boyz! Great 3 points, made up for @JuniorBevil bagging the winner.. What a guy #crabman



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