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25th March 2015 18:11

Murray: We beat ourselves

Boss reflects on disappointing defeat to Hartlepool United.

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Manager Adam Murray believes our team’s own mistakes were the biggest contributing factor in today’s 1-0 defeat to bottom-of-the-table Hartlepool United.

The Pools moved to within a point of safety in Sky Bet League Two thanks to a penalty by Brad Walker just two minutes after the re-start.

Our team also had to play for half-an-hour with 10 men as Junior Brown was shown a straight red card for accidentally colliding with the goalscorer with an alleged ‘high foot’.

“We beat ourselves,” said Murray, who was speaking in his post-match interview.

“In the first half, we dominated. We knew that we would wear them down and that chances would come, but you can’t start the second half and two minutes into it give away a penalty and then go down to 10 men because it makes it even more of a struggle.

“We knew coming here that it was going to be a really tough game and we made it even harder for ourselves.”

He continued: “Even [at 1-0 down and playing with 10 men] I still felt that we had chances to nick something from it, but we didn’t stick to doing the basics as well as you need to do when you come to places like this.

“We shot ourselves in the foot today.”

Our manager hasn’t yet made a decision on whether or not the club will appeal against the red card that Junior Brown received on the hour mark.

“He’s obviously not gone to hurt the player. He’s gone for the ball and the lad’s head is down,” said Murray.

“Intentionally he’s not gone to do what he did and the referee has said that he’ll have a look at it, so hopefully he’ll show some common sense because it was a tough one [to take].”

The boss added: “We’ll have to look at it and see how it appears in the footage [to decide if we appeal] because that’s obviously what will matter, but in those situations where the ball does bounce and you’re trying to hook it on, you can’t pull out of the motion of going for the ball that quickly.”


Mansfield manager Adam Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"I think for large periods of the game we had them on the back foot and we've ended up killing ourselves.
"You can't concede a penalty after two minutes and then have a man sent off and expect to have a strong hold in the game for 45 minutes.
"We had them on the back foot and didn't take advantage of it. Two minutes into the second half we end up shooting ourselves.
"It's part of the game that you rely on individuals to carry out their duties. It's a tough one but we go again."


Adam Murray says Mansfield Town shot themselves in the foot after Hartlepool United defeat
chad.co.uk, by freelance Sports Reporter

A despondent Adam Murray admitted his side shot themselves in the foot as Mansfield went down 1-0 at bottom of the table Hartlepool.


Martin Riley (correction by Martin - it was Beevers) conceded the decisive penalty - stuck home by Brad Walker - early in the second-half, before Junior Brown was red-carded with half an hour remaining for a challenge in the air.

“You cannot start the half like we did and then go to ten men - it made it even more of a struggle,” said the Stags’ player-manager.

“It was always going to be tough but we made it harder for ourselves. We beat ourselves.

“We didn’t stick to the basics, the things you need to come here and do well. We shot ourselves in the foot today.

“The red card, he hasn’t gone to hurt him, he’s gone for the ball - it’s one of them. Yellow yes. He’s not gone to do what he did and hopefully the referee will look at it again.”


We're In With A Shout Now Insists Moore

Ronnie Moore hailed a huge seven days for the Club as Pools beat Mansfield Town at Victoria Park to move within one point of safety at the bottom of League Two.

The Pools boss was once again thrilled with the attitude of his players with Brad Walker’s penalty early in the second half enough to separate the sides.

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Pools were the big winners at the base of the table, with Moore’s men the only ones inside the bottom nine to collect maximum points.

“It’s been a massive week for us,” Moore told Pools Player.

“I was glad to get them in at half time because there was no tempo to the game and we looked like the away side at times.

“I thought Nicky Featherstone showed everyone what it was all about at the star of the second half and it was a terrific run to win the penalty - and Brad (Walker) was brave to stick it away.

“We hung in there a bit after that when we had probably had four or five opportunities to score the second - but it’s about how many you score and we defended well.

“It’s put us in with a shout, that’s the big thing. I told them before the game that if we did our part then someone would falter and there’s one or two starting to feel the pressure now.

“We’ll enjoy the week now having closed the gap and I’ve got nothing but praise for the way they’ve gone about things.”


REACTION: Ronnie Moore delighted with Hartlepool players after victory over Mansfield Town caps a fine week
hartlepoolmail.co.uk, by Richard Mennear

RONNIE Moore hailed his “tremendous” Hartlepool United side after they recorded their third win in a week to go within a point of safety.


Pools beat 10-man Mansfield Town 1-0 at Victoria Park to cap off an excellent week for the Sky Bet League Two side.

Victory was Pools’ third in the space of eight days, following the win over Morecambe (1-0) and Oxford United (2-0).

Moore confirmed defender Scott Harrison had taken a heavy whack to his face and was struggling to breathe properly, which is why he was taken off in the win.

Pools switched to a 4-4-2 formation and won thanks to a Brad Walker penalty two minutes into the second half.

Moore said: “It has been a great week.

“We have had two away games and a home game - to take nine points from that is fantastic and some people wouldn’t have dreamt that it could happen.

“The players have been tremendous.

“We said at the break we were like the away team, we needed more pressure and to lift the tempo.

“The wingers needed to get on the ball and run at people.

“We did that second half and Nicky Featherstone was fantastic all afternoon.

“He has come in for Woodsy and has done well for us.”

Next up for Pools is the visit of Cambridge United on Saturday at Victoria Park, a game Ryan Bird won’t be allowed to play in even if his loan deal from Cambridge is extended.

Moore confirmed the club was still confident of extending the loan.


thenorthernecho.co.uk, by Nick Loughlin

Pools boss Ronnie Moore said: “It’s been a massive week and we said that all along we do our part, others will falter and others are starting to feel the pressure now.

“We have closed the gap, we normally give hope and take it away again, but nothing but praise for the way they have done their job.

“It’s one point and the fans stayed with us, they were loyal and they want it as much as anyone.’’


Matt fenney @physfenmj (MTFC physio)
Antics of the @Official_HUFC mascot after the game today were quite honestly embarrassing! #rolemodel #disgrace



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