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13th August 2015 10:44

We're heading to Hillsborough to win - boss
mansfieldtown.net, 10th August 2015

Adam Murray's underdogs aim to cause upset in Capital One Cup.

Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray wants his side to cause a shock tomorrow night in the fist round of the Capital One Cup.

Stags will enter the game as underdogs, sitting two divisions below their hosts, Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday.

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Heading into the cup tie, the gaffer said he was conscious of squad selection this week, with tomorrow night's tie followed by a trip to Notts County in Sky Bet League Two three days later.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's contest, Murray said: “It’s a game of football that we’re going in to win; it’s a little bit tricky for us because we do play Friday as well so we lose a day’s rest and we’re going to have to be mindful of that.

“Our priority this season is the league but we’ll show respect to the competition and we want to go in to the game and give a good show of ourselves."

Murray is pleased with how his squad is looking in the early very early stages of the campaign. He said: “We’ve only got a small squad, but I wanted that.

"A few of our young kids will 'come to the party' at the right time. If we ever did get an injury crisis I know that the backing is there to go and bring people in, but at the minute, I’m happy with where the squad is at.

“We missed Lee Collins on Saturday due to a knock. It’s not a major one but it’s more of a cautious one; we [need to] make sure that we get him right in the next couple of weeks rather than lose him for a longer period.

"I thought ‘Taff’ (Ryan Tafazolli) and Krystian (Pearce) did excellent on Saturday, the only thing I felt let them down a little bit was a bit of cohesion of not playing with each other, but that will come.”

The boss’ final word was for the fantastic free-kick that left-back, Mal Benning, produced against Carlisle United on Saturday on the opening day of the league campaign.

“I think if you see that [goal] in the Championship or the Premiership then it gets spoken about a lot more than it does in League Two. It’s always the case.

“You get some super goals at our level but because it doesn’t get the publicity that it would have if it was at a higher level then it doesn’t get spoken about as much. But you won’t see a better free-kick than that.”

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Adam Murray: Mansfield Town are going to Sheffield Wednesaday to cause cup upset
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, Monday 10 August 2015

Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray says his side are going to Hillsborough to cause a famous cup upset.

Murray’s men travel to Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow night knowing they will have to be at their very best to get past the resurgent Championship side.


The match also throws up a number of selection issue for Murray with Mansfield facing League Two newcomers Notts County in the local derby on Friday night.

Murray said:“It is a game that we are going there to win. It is a difficult one for us because, with playing Friday, we are losing a day of rest.

“The league is our priority this season and it is important we go into the Notts County game fresh.

“We want to give a good account of ourselves and we will show the competition respect.

“We only have a squad of 20 players, but I am happy with that. I know that the young kids can step up when needed.

“I also have the backing in place to bring in people if we start to get injuries. I am not looking to bring any new players in at the moment.”


Sheffield Wednesday: Owls braced for tough Stags test
by Dom Howson, Monday 10 August 2015, thestar.co.uk

Carlos Carvalhal, the Sheffield Wednesday boss, is wary of the threat Mansfield Town will pose in the first round of the Capital One Cup tomorrow night.

The Owls entertain the Stags looking to secure back-to-back home wins following Saturday’s impressive victory over Championship newcomers Bristol City.


Carvalhal, formerly of Sporting Lisbon and Besiktas, has vowed to field a strong starting line-up against the League Two outfit.

Although the Portuguese was pleased with plenty of aspects of their performance versus the Robins, he insists there is more to come from his new boys.

Carvalhal, who has not ruled out handing debuts to new arrivals Rhoys Wiggins and Modou Sougou, said: “Not everything was perfect (against Bristol City). There are always things in football you can improve and do better. We were happy but we know there’s still a lot of hard work to do.”

He stressed: “I will put my best team out on Tuesday. It will be the players that can play 100%.

“We respect our opponents and will put our strongest team out that we have at the moment.

“We know it will be difficult. Mansfield are very organised. We respect them a lot. We know it will not be easy.

“They are a typical English team who are very dangerous from corners and long throw ins. We know how they can damage our team but we can see some weak points.”

Filipe Melo and Claude Dielna are unlikely to return to action for “one or two weeks” due to knee and toe injuries respectively, according to Carvalhal.

Mansfield manager Adam Murray, meanwhile, sees no reason why they can’t cause a cup upset.

“It is a game that we are going there to win,” he insisted. “It is a difficult one for us because, with playing Friday, we are losing a day of rest.

“The league is our priority this season and it is important we go into the Notts County game fresh.

“We want to give a good account of ourselves, but we will show the competition respect.”


Sheffield Wednesday v Mansfield Town: Fringe players given chance by Cup specialist Carvalhal

IF ANY Sheffield Wednesday fans are looking for lucky omens this season, the last time the Owls played Mansfield Town the season ended with the south ?Yorkshire club winning promotion to the top flight of English football.

That was 1991, when Ron Atkinson’s side also beat Manchester United in the League Cup final at Wembley thanks to John Sheridan’s goal.


Tonight, the Owls welcome the Stags to Hillsborough in the same competition, the first time the two sides have met since Atkinson’s side triumphed 2-0 at Field Mill in the FA Cup third round 24 years ago.

New head coach Carlos Carvalhal will be looking to make it back-to-back wins after an impressive debut in English football, a 2-0 Championship win over the reigning League One champions Bristol City getting the new season off to a flying start.

The Portuguese head coach is likely to make numerous changes, the Cup offering him the chance to give debuts to summer signings Vincent Sasso, Darryl Lachman, Modou Sougou and Rhoys Wiggins.

Strike duo Stevie May and Sergiu Bus - left out of Carvalhal’s match-day 18 on Saturday - could also feature tonight against their League Two visitors.

Carvalhal may be a newcomer to English football, but he is a veteran coach with a good pedigree of doing well in Cup competitions.

As manager of Leixoes, he led the third-tier club to the Portuguese Cup final and then into the first round proper of the UEFA Cup. The Owls chief also led Vitoria Setubal to the inaugural domestic League Cup in his native country where they beat Sporting Lisbon.

The 49-year-old, therefore, understands Cup football well and has no problems in leaving players out.

“It is not a problem to me,” he said. “On Tuesday we have a match in the cup. We will see how the players recover.

“Some players recover fast. Some don’t recover so fast. We analyse all the players. We need all the players through the season.

“It is a marathon competition. It is not 100 metres.

“There were some players who didn’t play well (against Bristol City) so maybe there a couple of players who will play against Mansfield.

“It is an important match. We need all the players.”

Right-back Jack Hunt and winger Ross Wallace were both substituted after suffering from cramp against Bristol City, and look set to be rested this evening.

Last six games: Sheffield Wednesday DWDLDW, Mansfield Town LWLLLD.

Referee: M Brown (East Yorkshire).

Last time: Sheffield Wednesday 0 Mansfield Town 0; October 6, 1979; Division Three.



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