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16th August 2015 19:04

Lessons can be learned from Owls' loss - boss

Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray says that lessons can be learned from tonight's 4-1 Capital One Cup exit at Hillsborough, Sheffield

Goals from Lucas Joao, Jose Semedo, Kieran Lee and Modou Sougou saw the Championship side book their passage into the second round of the Capital One Cup despite Ryan Tafazolli’s consolation goal just before half-time.

Murray felt that there were positives from the game, however, and accepted that Wednesday were the better side on the night.

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"I think [for the] the first 35, 40 minutes, we came here and we were kind of in awe of Hillsborough and Sheffield Wednesday and let them do what they wanted," said Murray.

"Towards the back end of the first half we kicked in a gear and probably should’ve had another goal.

“I think we’ve given away four poor goals. We’ve given away a set piece and a free header in the box.

"Realistically they're four goals that when you come away to a Championship team, you can’t give away.

“It was a tough game like we expected and their quality shone through.”

Although Murray was disappointed with the goals that his side conceded, other parts of the game saw him draw positives. He said: “I thought there were some good performances out there in the second half. We looked to try and play and we created a few chances.

“[In the] second half we actually looked like we wanted to get about them and created a few chances and I was pleased with some of our play. We need to show that endeavour and that work-rate that we did in the second half from minute one.

“We’ve still got a lot of work to do but we have a lot of plus points in the team. It’s not very often in our league, with all due respect to it, that we’re going to come up against movement like that [from Wednesday]. Hence whey they're in the Championship and we’re in League Two.”

Murray was obviously disappointed with the result, however he was pleased that the game gave his side “anotherwake-up call” following the Stags’ pre-season campaign.

He said: “It was another wake-up call from the pre-season games. I think it’s important that we didn’t get carried away with pre-season because the rough and tumble of the real stuff is a totally different ball game.”

The gaffer confirmed that striker Matt Green picked up a knock in the build-up to this game but all his focus is now on Friday’s mouth-watering local derby against Notts County.

“It’s going to be a cauldron. I warned the players that if we sit off and go through the motions like we did for 35 minutes here and give Notts County that respect then we’ll get the same outcome.

"So we need to go in to that game fully focussed on three points. We need to take the plus points from Saturday and the plus points from tonight in to Friday night’s game and well be okay.

“We’ll be in tomorrow and we’ll start focussing our energy on Notts County. We already know a bit about them and we need to go there and stamp our authority on the game.”


Matt Green a big injury worry for Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas, Tuesday 11 August 2015

Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray admitted he was worried he could be without goal ace Matt Green for Friday’s big local derby at Notts County after the striker missed out on tonight’s 4-1 Capital Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

Murray also rested Krystian Pearce and gave a full debut to teenager Corbin Shires at centre half for fear of losing another centre half after Lee Collins was ruled out injured.


With so little time to rest his players before Friday and such a small squad, Murray is now just crossing his fingers Green can make it.

“Matt has a little bit of a knock so we rested him tonight. It doesn’t give us much time to get him right for Friday either,” he said.

“We rested Krystian as, with Lee Collins out, we couldn’t afford another injury in that department as we are down to the bare bones in that position.”

Stags showed a lot of fight at Hillsborough and turned in a gutsy second half after concededing two quick goals early in the game and being given the run-around before pulling one back through Ryan Tafazolli.

It was the second time in as many years that Stags had bowed out the competition in the city at this stage after losing at Sheffield United last year.

Murray said: “Obviously we were beaten by the better team. For about 35-40 minutes we looked like we were in awe of Hillsborough and Sheffield Wednesday and let them do what they wanted. We looked scared and overawed.

“But at the back end of the half we kicked into gear and probably should have had another goal.

“In the second half we looked like we wanted to get about them and created chances. I was pleased with some of our play.”

He added: “It was always a risk tonight with a 17-year-old centre half. It was a great experience for him but we conceded a few naïve goals.

“He learned some tough lessons but I thought in spells he did well and Taff (Tafazolli) came to the party and managed him well.

“Overall it was the tough game we expected and Wednesday’s quality shone through.

“We have lost a football match so I am disappointed. But the League has to be our priority as we don’t want to put our fans through what they went through last season again.

“I think all four were poor goals to give away. Especially when you go away to a Championship team. But it part of our learning curve.

“It was another wake-up call for anyone who got carried away by our pre-season games.

“We were almost relegated last year so were we ever going to go on and win the cup and the league? No, but we can improve and be more competitive and try to finish as high the league as we can.

“We still have a lot of work to do but there were a lot of plusses. In League Two we won’t come against sides with movement like that.”

However, he warned his side will have to come out of the traps at full pelt at Meadow Lane on Friday.

“We need to show the work rate and endeavour of the second half from minute one,” he said.

“It will be a cauldron and if we sit off and go through the motions like we did for 35 minutes tonight, the outcome will be the same.

“It is frustrating it’s a day early as it doesn’t give room for work and recovery. It’s all about getting a balance.

“It is a local derby. It’s a game that will have a bit of fire about it and one I’d love to play in myself. If you don’t have the energy to compete in games like that you shouldn’t be a footballer.

“Notts have brought in a lot of players, some of who have played abroad at top clubs, and they have an array of talent on the bench and in the stands.

“So it’s no surprise they are going to be one of the tough teams in the division and will be up there this season.”


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Carlos Carvalhal reviews Mansfield win
swfc.co.uk, 11th August 2015

Carlos Carvalhal was happy with his team’s performance after a convincing Capital One Cup victory over Mansfield on Tuesday night.

The Owls came out 4-1 winners against the Stags to ease through to the second round.

Carvalhal reiterated his comments from the weekend following the league win over Bristol City, believing the cup should be taken game by game.

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He said: “I am happy with the result, especially as we scored four goals.

“We want to do well in this competition, but tonight was just the first step of a marathon, just as it is in the league.”

The head coach was also happy with Joe Wildsmith’s first competitive game for the Owls, the academy product pulling off two important saves.

He added: “I slept very easy last night knowing that Joe would be starting in goal.

“I just told him to enjoy it and that I had full confidence in his ability to put in a good performance.

“It’s great to see a product of the club’s academy performing well in the first team, and I believe if the players from the Under-21s are good enough, then they will get a chance.”


I’ll remember every minute
swfc.co.uk, 11th August 2015

Joe delighted with debut

Joe Wildsmith has said he will remember every minute of his debut following Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Mansfield at Hillsborough.

The Owls’ academy product made his first appearance for the club in Tuesday night’s 4-1 Capital One Cup win over the Stags.

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Wildsmith reviewed the victory and said: “It was brilliant. Being a Sheffield Wednesday fan, it’s what you dream about as a kid - your first game for the club.

“And to get a 4-1 win was incredible. That topped it off and I loved every minute of it.

“I thought it went well and as far as debuts go, like I said, I will remember every minute it.”

Wednesday will now go into the draw for the second round which takes place on Thursday evening and Wildsmith added:

“Andy Rhodes told me I was in for the cup game, he has always put his faith in me and I can only thank him for that.

“All my family were here and my friends too and being a Sheffield lad, it was just a special day.

“Playing Under-21s is not the same as playing at a stadium and this has made me just want it even more.”



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