Midfielder/assistant-manager dedicates victory to Liam Hearn.Midfielder/assistant-manager Adam Murray has dedicated Saturday’s win over Oxford United to injure team-mate Liam Hearn.
Prior to kick-off, the Stags were rocked by the news that the 28-year-old will be out until Christmas after tearing his knee cartilage in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup First Round tie against Sheffield United.
Murray paid tribute to Hearn by saying: “We’re absolutely gutted for him. You don’t come across many nice people in football, but Liam is one of them.”
“We’ll do everything we can to stick by him. He’s a strong character and we know he’ll come through it.”
Murray turned out to be an unlikely match-winner as he replaced Jamie McGuire on 85 minutes, scoring the all-important goal on the brink of injury-time.
“Jam (McGuire) was struggling a bit with his groin, so it was a like-for-like really and to keep things ticking over,” continued the midfielder.
“[For the winner, the ball] just fell nicely for me. I had a few flashbacks from last week at Northampton where I had a couple that I probably should’ve done better with, but it was great to [score] in that manner and I think that showed in the celebration.”
“After our first couple of performances this season we’ve been pleased, we just needed to get those first points on the board to get started.”
He added: “I thought we dominated the first half, they’re a good team and we knew after watching them this week on DVDs, that we’d have to be at our best.”
Murray highlighted the togetherness in the club, and said that it would be vital this season: “Everybody’s seen today the feeling that’s around the ground, around the fans, everyone seems to be on the same page at the minute and the spirit in there [the dressing room] is fantastic.”
“This is just a platform for us, we know what we’ve got in the camp, and we know that we need to push on, we need to build. Newport is always a scrap.”
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