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13th August 2015 10:43

Murray 'chuffed to bits' with first 'workout'
mansfieldtown.net, 8th August 2015

Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray thinks that his side's opening day draw with Carlisle United was a fair result, adding that he was 'chuffed to bit' with his side's first workout.

Stags took the lead in the 29th minute thanks to a wonderful free-kick by Malvind Benning before Jabo Ibehre got the Cumbrians back on level terms right on the stroke of half time.

Murray said: “I think it was a typical first game of the season. There was tension before the game in people wanting to impress, a lot of these players were on show for the first time today. So especially for the first 45 minutes it was a very tense performance.”

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“We weren’t very good with the ball and we made our own errors, we put them on the front foot by giving the ball away very cheaply. But as we settled down, we built in to the second half and we looked a little bit better, but overall I'm chuffed to bits with that work out.”

Murray believes that his side needed a tough game as a reality check for what League Two football is all about. He said: “We needed the reality of League Two football and a kick up the backside. Everything’s gone our way so far (in pre-season), so to be average and come out with a point, I'm chuffed to bits.”

“In League Two you’re not going to be able to have three or four touches, it’s high tempo, you’ve got people in your face and if you’re not up to that intensity then you get caught out.”

“I think the important thing today is that [from the] first game of the season you want to put something on the board. It gives us a platform to kick on and the lads will relax now.”

The Gaffer admitted that he wasn’t surprised by Malvind Benning’s first-half wonder striker, and he hopes to see more of the same in the coming weeks and months. He said: “He’s got that 'in his locker', he’s got a great left foot. We will be capable of scoring good goals this season; we just have to make sure we concentrate on the other end because the goal we conceded was very poor.”

“I think there was a lack of understanding between a defensive partnership that’s just been put together. I thought Taff (Ryan Tafazolli) came in and was exceptional, but as a partnership they haven’t got the game time that they need together, but that will grow.” Murray continued after confirming that Lee Collins was the victim of a late knock, ruling him out of today’s game.

Adi Yussuf came in for praise from the gaffer after an exciting cameo appearance as a substitute. He said: “He’s scored in the majority of games he’s played in pre season, he’ll score goals this season. We have to get him up to match tempo, he’s had a couple of weeks out for various reasons and when we get him up to match speed, he’s another string to our bow.”

Murray’s final word was for the fantastic support at One Call Stadium today, he said: “I thought the support was brilliant today, they stuck with us. They understood that the first game was always going to be tense, and it was always going to be a hostile environment but we started to get on top in the second half and they backed us.”

Stags’ next match is Tuesday 11th August, away to Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup.


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Adam Murray happy with Mansfield Town’s 1-1 draw with Carlisle United
chad.co.uk by Stephen Thirkill

Adam Murray says Mansfield Town’s 1-1 draw with Carlisle United will give his players a wake-up call.


Stags hit the front through a thunderous 30 yard-free kick from Malvind Benning on 29 minutes, before Jabo Ibehre levelled in first-half stoppage time with a calm finish.

The stags boss said: “There were plenty of new players who were looking to impress and there was a tension there during the first half.

“We made errors and put them on the front foot as as result, but to have played average and still get a point is pleasing.

“This result will give the players a wake-up call and let them know what League Two is all about.

“League Two is high tempo and intense and if you are not up to playing like that then you are going to get caught out.

“It was a poor goal to concede and there was a lack of understanding in the defence, but the partnerships will develop and we will gel as the games go on.

“As a team we can get better and this draw gives us a platform that we can build upon. “I was pleased with the willingness and workrate of the players to put things right.

“We wanted the three points, but it is good to get us off the mark with.”

Chris Clements twice went close to putting Mansfield back ahead in the second half, before Derek Asamoah failed to connect with Angelo Balanta’s cross on 76 minutes as both sides pushed for a winner.

New-boys Adi Yussuf and Matt Green both came within inches of giving the home side the lead in the final five minutes.


Benning thrilled by super strike
by Nick Lough, mansfieldtown.net, 8th August 2015

Benning admits surprise at sweet strike which opens Stags' goal account.

Mansfield Town left-back Malvind Benning admitted he was delighted with his thunderous effort from 25-yards, as the debutant scored the opening goal during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Carlisle United in League Two.

Speaking to Benning post-match, the former Walsall defender shared that he had been working hard on his set-piece taking in training heading in to the first competitive game of the season, and couldn’t believe his luck when his pinpoint effort landed perfectly in the top corner of the net. “I couldn’t believe how sweetly it went in,” said Benning.

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“I said in the changing room just before [the game] that I was practising my free-kicks after training yesterday with Clem [Chris Clements] and some of the other boys. Yesterday I couldn’t get any of them on target so luckily today it went in.

“When it comes to that I usually try and perfect my technique but obviously it’s not perfect yet, but today I luckily hit it right.

“It’s obviously up to the gaffer who takes the free-kicks, but from today hopefully I can get a couple more chances and a see more of them fly in.” The summer signing swapped League One for League Two after making the move from the Saddlers during the summer, but after an impressive display in his first game in amber & blue, the 21-year old feels he can play even better in future matches.

Benning continued: “I feel I can still give more going forward and attacking-wise. Obviously it was the first game of the season and everyone is a bit cagey, but I think we can gel more and give more as a team, but I think as for me there is definitely more to come.”

Talking about the game itself, Benning maintained that Jabo Ibehre’s equalising goal was avoidable, but a point apiece was fair for both sides on the day.

“I think the result was fair. Both teams had chances to win; they had good spells, we had good spells, but the main point is that we are off the mark.

“The goal was definitely preventable. As a back-four we thought we were too deep, but you can’t just put the blame on one person because as a team we know that after the initial header there was plenty more going on.

“We have new players and it’s a new team; we can’t use that excuse all the time but as it is only the first game we have plenty more time to work hard and gel on the training pitch, and become a force.”


Malvind Benning hoping to score more for Mansfield Town after Carlisle United wonder goal
chad.co.uk by Stephen Thirkill

Malvind Benning says he wants to smash in many more goals for Mansfield Town after his wonder strike against Carlisle United.

The former Walsall man crashed in a thunderous 30 yard free-kick to put Stags 1-0 up after just 29 minutes of his club league debut.


Said Benning: “I was practicing free-kicks all yesterday and to be fair I didn’t get a single one in.

“Today I just hit it and got the technique right and it went in. The technique is something I am working on and if the boss will let me then I’ll put myself at the top of the free-kick list.

“I hope to get a few more goals like that, it was a pleasing goal to score.”

And Benning, who 46 first team appearances for Walsall between 2011/15, believes there is more to come from Mansfield.

“We would have liked to win the game, but it is good to get off the mark,” he said.

“The goal we conceded was a poor one, but you cannot blame individuals because we defend as a team.

“It was a battle today and we knew that it was going to be, that is what League Two football is all about

“There are new players in the team and we will get better as we go on. We have got more to come once players gel and partnerships develops.”

Carlisle levelled the game in first half stoppage time with through Jabo Ibehre calm finish.

Chris Clements twice went close to putting Mansfield back ahead in the second half, before Derek Asamoah failed to connect with Angelo Balanta’s cross on 76 minutes as both sides pushed for a winner.

New-boys Adi Yussuf and Matt Green both came within inches of giving the home side the lead in the final five minutes.


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Always take a point on the first day back, we all know we weren't at it like we should of been but important to still get a result ? #stags


Keith Curle happy with Carlisle United’s response to going a goal down at Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk by Stephen Thirkill

Carlisle United boss Keith Curle said he was pleased with his side’s response to falling behind in the 1-1 draw with Mansfield Town.


Stags took the lead after 29 minutes thanks to Malvind Benning’s fabulous free-kick.

But Jabo Ibehre levelled in first-half stoppage time following good link-up play with Derek Asamoah.

Chris Clements twice went close with shots over the bar, before Asamoah failed to connect with Angelo Balanta’s cross on 76 minutes as both sides pushed for a winner.

Adi Yussuf was then inches away from finding a late winner for Mansfield after Matt Green got behind the Carlisle defence.

Speaking after the game Curle said: “Mansfield are a very competitive team with good energy levels and have decent players, like the striker Matt Green, who I am sure could play at a higher level, as could some of our players.,” said Curle.

“There were some good plusses to come out of today for us. We got a foothold in the game after sorting out some early problems and looked comfortable.

“The pleasing thing after their terrific quality goal was our reaction. We didn’t panic, we kept to our game plan and we didn’t go long.

“The players are looking to take on board our instructions and the things we are working on, which is pleasing. They are a very responsive group.

“At times we need to switch play more, but they are going to make mistakes. I just want them to make sure the man on the ball has options.

“They have freedom and licence to go and play and express themselves. That is very much a part of my football philosophy.”



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