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Murray hails players' attitude after derby day win
mansfieldtown.net, 16th April 2016

Boss Adam Murray heaped praise on the ‘unbelievable attitude’ of his players after they secured a 5-0 victory over Notts County at One Call Stadium today.

The clinical display ensured the biggest ever win for the Stags over their local rivals, meaning the home contingent of the season-best crowd of 6,357 departed the ground delighted.

Manager Murray was pleased with his side’s second-half performance in particular, and believes it’s been a long time coming after many of their displays had gone unrewarded during the campaign.

“The endeavour to keep going, the fight to want more - our players today summed up what life should be about - never giving in, that unbelievable attitude to want to be the best. At three-nil and four-nil, I could see them not settling for that - they wanted more,” the gaffer said.

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“They’ve had a tough time recently, I bored people with saying it, but our performances have been really good and it’s overlooked because you don’t get the results.

“I thought there was only one team in it [today]. We knew they’d come and try to play, after we scored [in the] first half, they pinned us back with the wind as well and we couldn’t get a lot of play. Credit to the players today, I thought they were absolutely unbelievable.”

The 34-year-old manager found it hard to pick his favourite goal of the five, and says the victory is down to his side reverting back to how they performed in the opening months of the season.

“The breakaway with Blairy (Matty Blair) and Reggie (Lambe); perfect counter-attack goal. I think the lot of them were top drawer today. That’s been coming for a while now, I just said to the boys that they deserved that."

While Murray wants his squad to revel in the occasion, he says they must quickly prepare for the trip to Exeter City on Tuesday night.

“Because of the state of play and the occasion, it’s obviously a massive win. This will probably go down as one of the best wins in the club’s recent history, so I’ve said to the boys: ‘enjoy the moment, make sure you take it in and feel the moment because they don’t come around very often… and you’re in at nine in the morning!’”

The manager replaced forward Emmanuel Dieseruvwe with midfielder Mitch Rose when the Stags were 1-0 up and Murray was keen to emphasise that the formation is irrelevant when it comes to their offensive play.

“It’s not about centre-forwards on the pitch, it’s about bodies in the box. Whether you’re playing [with] one centre-forward, two centre-forwards [or] no centre-forwards - it’s about creating opportunities and getting bodies in the box.

“When Mitch and Jack (Thomas) play as a two in midfield with security behind them, they’re probably the best two young midfielders in the league - their energy and drive; they both can play. They did it last week against Carlisle at times and teams can’t handle it.

“When we do go to that shape, we’re not playing with one striker in Matt Green, we’re playing with three - we play with two wide men that we keep higher up and it pinned them back more than the original shape. That was the thinking, and it worked!”

Finally, the gaffer lauded the backing of the supporters and he says they played a big contribution towards the three points.

“[The fans were] incredible - Notts had a couple of periods of possession but they stuck with us. When they do that, they push the boys and the boys kicked in again. [I’m] absolutely shattered, my head’s spinning, I think I’ve done my medial ligaments celebrating so I need to see the physio!”

You can view Adam Murray’s post-match interview on Stags Player HD.


Murray full of praise for players after Mansfield Town hammer Notts County
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, Saturday 16 April 2016

Adam Murray praised the desire of his players after their 5-0 derby day demolition of Notts County.

Mansfield held a nervy 1-0 lead at half-time after Matt Green put Stags ahead with his 15th of the season on six minutes.

But four second half goals, including three goals in 11 minutes, ripped the heart out of Notts to secure a memorable double and the biggest win over County in the club’s history.

It was nothing more than marvelous Mansfield deserved as they showed desire and energy to get forward at every opportunity and the clinical edge that County had so badly lacked in the first half.

Murray said: “This was a massive and deserved win for us and is one of the biggest in our recent history.

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“It was a big occasion today because of who were playing and the size of the crowd. “It is a win that has been coming because our performance levels have been good recently.

“We stuck to the process today and it is no surprise that when we stick to the process things like

“They came back strong and pinned us back after we scored and we struggled a bit.

“But once we got a foothold in the game there was only one team in it.

“We knew they would come out strong in the second half and I asked for more energy and more tempo at half-time.

“We had to be a bit braver and play a bit more on the front foot.

“The players did just that in the second half and we ran all over County. Our players have shown great desire to achieve and never give up.to They deserve great credit.”

Mansfield doubled their lead on 57 minutes when Adam Chapman hit home a scorching free-kick from the edge of the box.

It got even better for the home side three minutes later when Matt Green bagged a brace after getting goal-side and slotting cooly past Scott Loach.

Reggie Lambe made it 4-0 on 67 minutes after a super run and cross from Matty Blair down the right flank gave him a simple tap-in.

Mansfield rubbed further salt in the wounds with seven minutes to go when Mitchell Rose tapped home after Scott Loach spilt a shot into his path.

The defeat was Mark Cooper’s first since taking charge of Notts County.


Murray: ‘One of the best days in Mansfield Town’s history’
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, Saturday 16 April 2016

Adam Murray hailed Mansfield Town’s 5-0 demolition of Notts County as one of the best days in the club’s history.

Matt Green rifled home his 15th goal of the season to put Stags ahead on six minutes.

County should have levelled during a dominant first half with Izale McLeod, Thierry Audel, Liam Noble and Jon Stead wasting chances.

The misses proved costly when Adam Champan doubled the home advantage on 57 minutes with a scorching free-kick.

Green added his second on the hour mark, before Reggie Lambe and Mitchell Rose completed the rout.

Murray said: “This was a massive and deserved win for us and is one of the biggest in our recent history.It’s great for the fans.

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“It is a win that has been coming because our performance levels have been good. I have told the players to go out and enjoy this.

“Once we got a foothold in the game there was only one team in it. I asked for more energy and more tempo at half-time.

“The players did just that in the second half and we ran all over County. Our players have shown great desire to achieve today. They deserve great credit.”

County boss Mark Cooper slammed his players for letting the travelling fans down.

He said: “The game was probably too big for the majority of the team, they did not have the desire not to get beat and they caved in

“Some questions about players were answered for me today and some players need to go.

“That list keeps changing because players have let themselves down, they have had a real good following today and they have let the fans down.

“The players will be in tomorrow morning because they do not deserve any time off.

“This was embarrassing and not good enough.”


'Warrior mentality' helped Mansfield Town run all over Notts County
nottinghampost.com, By Leigh_Curtis, April 16, 2016

Adam Murray revelled in Mansfield Town's thrashing of rivals Notts County as he hailed their 5-0 rout as one of the club's best results in recent history.

The Stags romped to their biggest win of the season and the biggest in the history of this fixture to complete a league double over their East Midlands rivals.

Matt Green sent them on their way in the sixth minute with a classy, first-time finish before an Adam Chapman stunner extended the lead just after half-time.

Green, Reggie Lambe and Mitchell Rose then added further strikes as Notts fell apart in a shocking second-half display.

Murray said he was proud of his players for delivering a performance that was ruthless.

"This was a massive and deserved win for us and is one of the biggest in our recent history," he said.

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"It was a big occasion because of who were playing and the size of the crowd.

"It is a win that has been coming because our performance levels have been good recently.

"We stuck to the process and it is no surprise that when we stick to the process things like that happen.

"They came back strong and pinned us back after we scored and we struggled a bit.

"But once we got a foothold in the game there was only one team in it.

"We knew they would come out strong in the second half and I asked for more energy and more tempo at half-time.

"We had to be a bit braver and play a bit more on the front foot.

"The players did just that in the second half and we ran all over County. Our players have shown great desire to achieve and never give up. They deserve great credit."Murray could not decide whether it was the best performance of his managerial career, but said it was the players who deserved all the attention.

"It's obviously a proud moment and I am going to enjoy it, but the credit goes to the players," he said.

"They were incredible and they have given me that all season. They have that warrior mentality.

"They always want more and when time goes on we will get stronger and stronger.

"So let's enjoy it, embrace it, and crack on."


Chapman pleased with 'best performance of the season'
mansfieldtown.net, 16th April 2016

Mansfield Town midfielder Adam Chapman says today’s 5-0 demolition of Notts County was the Stags’ best performance of the season.

Goals from winger Reggie Lambe, midfielders Adam Chapman and Mitch Rose and a brace from striker Matt Green secured the Stags’ biggest ever win over the Magpies.

And former Newport County man Chapman says today’s incredible victory over the Magpies was their finest performance of the season, even if they didn’t play as much ‘nice football’ as they hoped.

“You weigh everything up and yeah I’d go as far as to say this is the best performance because it’s resulted in three points against your local rivals in front of a packed house,” Chapman said.

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“I mean, there’s been better footballing performances in the last few weeks and we’ve got beat.

“It was a mentality win, it was desire, it was energy, it was effort. Probably technically it wasn’t great - we probably didn’t have as much possession as we wanted and play as nice football as we want to but that goes out the window on derby day.

“I think we out-fought, we out-battled, we out-ran [Notts County]. You look at Blairy (Matty Blair), Jack Thomas, Reggie (Lambe), Mani (Dieseruvwe), the shift he put in and obviously Greeny (Matt Green), the shift he puts in made my life easy. I just had to stand and watch and encourage. I think that was the main point of a good victory today.”

The 26-year-old scored a sensational free-kick to make the match 2-0 this afternoon and he said he was always going to shoot, even though his team-mates wanted him to cross the ball into the box.

“I’ve not been able get near a free-kick all year! Clem (Chris Clements) and Mal (Benning) have been unbelievable and I’ve seen Ryan (Tafazolli) and he’s told me to hang it [in the air] and I’ve gone: ‘Yeah, yeah, no bother!’ and I was just going to smash it at goal. Luckily it went flying in the top bin.”

Chapman was pleased to see his team-mates show the ambition to keep attacking and attempt to further increase their advantage, despite already being 3-0 up after an hour of the contest had been played.

“When you get to 3-0, normally at home, you might take your foot off [the gas] we didn’t want to do that. We wanted five, we wanted six, we could hear the crowd and the boys were all hungry for a goal. Mitch (Rose) and Greeny were fighting for the goal at the end. That is what you want to see.

“We should want to do that every week if we get two or three nil up, but that desire at 3-0 to keep going, keep pressing and put them to the sword really as much as we possibly can was obviously nice to see.”

Adam Chapman's post-match interview will be available to view on Stags Player HD shortly.


Adam Chapman hails Mansfield Town’s ‘best performance of the season’
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, Saturday 16 April 2016

Goalscoring hero Adam Chapman hailed Mansfield Town’s 5-0 derby demolition of Notts County as their best display of the season.

Matt Green fired play-off chasing Mansfield into a sixth minute lead with his 15th goal of the season.

County should have levelled during a dominant first half with Izale McLeod, Thierry Audel, Liam Noble and Jon Stead all wasting chances.

They proved to be costly misses when Chapman hit a scorching free-kick to put Mansfield firmly in the driving seat after 57 minutes.

Green put the game out of sight with his second on the hour, before Reggie Lambe and Mitchell Rose completed the rout.

“This is a big win for us, but we still have a job to do on Tuesday at Exeter,” said Chapman.

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“This was a win built on desire and energy. We did not play the sort of football we wanted to but we got the win.

“This is the best performance, it got us three points against our local rivals in front of a packed house. We wanted more and more goals and this has given us a lot of satisfaction.

“We were not happy at half-time. We struggled a bit with their shape and we were getting penned in.

“The boss asked for more tempo, energy and desire in the second half and we did that.

“We had the desire at 3-0 to put them to the sword. The fans helped push us to that win, especially in the first half. It was a great day.”

Chapman was also delighted with his goal of the day contender.

He said: “I was always going to hit the free-kick. I ve not been able to get a look in all season, but I have had a couple of goals like that before.

It was just a case of smashing it and anything can happen. It was a great goal.”

Mansfield remain six points behind AFC Wimbledon in the final play-off place after their 1-0 win against Crawley.


Blair ecstatic on 'special day'
mansfieldtown.net, 16th April 2016

Man-of-the-Match Matty Blair says it’s been a ‘special day for everyone’ after the Stags comprehensively beat Notts County 5-0 at One Call Stadium this afternoon.

The 26-year-old was an integral part of the Mansfield midfield on a memorable afternoon which saw striker Matt Green grab a brace, whilst midfielders Mitch Rose, Adam Chapman and winger Reggie Lambe netted a goal each.

The ex-York City man was gleaming with joy following the result, and responded concisely after being asked whether it was the best game he’s been involved for the Stags.

Blair said: “Without a doubt, yes. It’s a special day for everyone at the football club, they don’t come along often that you get to win your derbies five-nil.

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“To win five-nil in any game is good, but to do it on derby day and to get Man-of-the-Match is really special - [I’m] feeling pretty good.”

Blair’s marauding run down the right-hand side was the route for Mansfield’s fourth goal which put the result beyond doubt, and he reflected on the impressive assist with a hint of humour.

“I told everyone I was pretty quick - I think people were a little bit surprised! It’s bounced nicely for me to run onto it, I took two or three big touches to overcome my stride pattern and fair play to Reggie (Lambe) who was there to tap in when I put it across goal to him.”

While the attacking exploits receive their rightful plaudits, Blair felt it was right to mention the solid defensive display which kept a clean sheet following the aerial pressure that they had to withstand from the Magpies.

“The finishing side of it was spot on but take nothing away from the defensive side. You’ve got Dan (Alfei), Mal (Benning), Tafs (Ryan Tafazolli) and Collo (Lee Collins) along with Shears (Scott Shearer) as well who have been outstanding all season, not just today’s game.

“I’d say I’ve had a pretty good game but I don’t want to take anything away from the team performance, I was just a cog in a wicked wheel. We were pretty decent today and we should all be very proud.”


Green - We need to keep winning
mansfieldtown.net, 16th April 2016

Leading scorer Matt Green has urged Mansfield Town to ‘keep winning games’ in Sky Bet League 2 as they look to keep pressure on the sides above them in the play-off race.

The Bath-born striker now has 16 goals in the current campaign after bagging a goal in each half against Notts County, and said he had previously imagined scoring against the Magpies in the run-up to the game.

“I sort of picture these things and I’m glad it sort of happened today and the ball fell to me in the right areas. But, you know, it was great work-rate and endeavour from the team throughout to create those chances.

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“It’s a bit weird to be honest with you (imagining what will happen) but it’s something I do and it works for me. I envisioned definitely scoring and getting opportunities today and the team winning.

“It means a lot because the team have still got an outside chance of getting these play-offs. We never gave up hope in that sense and we just need to keep winning games. Every game, we need to keep winning, obviously there was a little bit more on this one, but it’s a fantastic victory.”

The 29-year-old says he is looking forward to visiting Nottingham in the future, but on a more serious note, he believes the result has been long overdue.

“I go to Notts to do a bit of shopping here and there so I’ll be fine showing my face around there, I’m sure! It’s just so important for the club and for the fans, games like this, it gives us a lot of pleasure too.

“I think it was due. We’ve been close so many times this season to battering teams five-nil. To do it in a derby just makes it that bit more special so [it was] a very confident and comfortable win.”

After only leading one-nil heading into the second period, Green says the players responded to manager Adam Murray’s half-time words of encouragement.

“I knew we were well on top in the first half. I just thought we needed a little bit more belief in the final third because we were a little bit wary as well, we didn’t want to concede any sort of goal.

“[Before the] second half, the gaffer said: ‘just get after them, relax, enjoy it, you’re going to ‘beat these up’ if you do that’ and to be fair we responded brilliantly.”

Despite the words of delight following the encounter, Green issued a word of caution and knows that celebrations can’t hamper their game on Tuesday night at Exeter City (7.45pm kick-off).

“I’m sure it will be a memorable moment for the history of the club. It’s just great to be back here with a big smile on my face yet again, playing under a good manager and [with] the club moving in the right direction.

“We won’t get too excited. We’ve got a game on Tuesday, but it’s a very good, confident victory.”

Supporters can log in to Stags Player HD to view Matt Green’s post-match interview.


Mark Cooper slams Notts County players for letting the fans down
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, Saturday 16 April 2016

Angry Notts County boss Mark Cooper says his players have let themselves and the fans down after their 5-0 hammering at Mansfield Town.

The Magpies trailed 1-0 at the break after Matt Green’s sixth minute opener was followed by some wasteful finishing by the visitors.

But County capitulated in the second half as they conceded four goals, including three goals in 11 minutes, to slump to their heaviest ever defeat against Mansfield Town.

“It was embarrassing. Therein lies the problem of Notts County this season,” said Cooper. “We can go three or four games and look ok and then can’t sustain it

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“The game was probably too big today for the majority of the team. They didn’t show enough real desire or will not to lose the game and then caved in.

“Some questions were answered for me today. I have had a list of some players that I thought needed to stay and some to go. That list keeps changing because they keep letting themselves down.

Murray praises Mansfield Town desire after hammering Notts County

“They have had a good following today and they have let them down again. The players are in tomorrow morning when they thought they were getting the day off. They don’t deserve time off.

“We have to get a team on the pitch for Tuesday that wants to play for Notts County. That might not be the team with the most ability but one that wants to fight and scrap.

“We didn’t have one shot on target, conceded five goals and it could have been 10.”


Notts County video nasty highlights problems with desire at Notts County
nottinghampost.com, By Leigh_Curtis, April 18, 2016

As Mark Cooper forced his players to sit through their hopeless surrender to Mansfield Town early on Sunday morning, it's fair to assume that a wretched 90 minutes must have felt like hours.

The consensus from the fans was they should have been charged £18 to watch it just like the 1,700 who watched their spectacular capitulation through splayed fingers at the weekend.

There would have undoubtedly been some wincing as the video nasty of the 5-0 defeat played out which, not for the first time, highlighted Notts' lack of resolve away from Meadow Lane.

It will only have been a worthwhile exercise if the players respond with a performance against Barnet tonight and learn from the cardinal sins which handed Mansfield a league double.

"I still feel exactly the same about the Mansfield game now as I did afterwards," said Cooper.

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"It just highlighted what I already knew which is that we need to do some work in the summer.

"We watched the game on Sunday morning and we conceded five goals, everyone of which was very, very, avoidable.

"Every goal was a mistake, and that two or three of them were definitely down due to desire.

"That's been the problem this season in that the teams at the top of the league have that tough camaraderie and spirit to get results.

"Too many times, Notts County haven't been. That only comes with bringing the right characters to the football club.

"You can't coach the desire either. You can go three or four games at a time, and you can get a little run of results, but the problems will always rear its head again."



Matty Blair @MattyBlair17
Don't get much better than that on derby day. Thank you everyone for the support and messages. All the lads were brilliant. #stags

Jack Thomas @JackThomas06
Not very often you win a derby 5-0, well done lads

chris clements @clemmo14
What a performance from the lads. Doing the double in style @MattyBlair17 hats off to you today mate machine #seeya #notcatchinghim

John Radford @JRadfordMTFC
Still buzzing from today's win. It's days like this when it seems like all the hard work is worthwhile.
The Stags are rampant!!!!

Richard Cooper @coops0927
Both players & supporters unbelievable today! Another day to remember at the One Call #stags



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