Skipper/Assistant Manager Adam Murray was delighted to bag his first goal of the campaign in today’s 1-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon at One Call Stadium.
The 32-year-old scored the only goal of a scrappy match with a seventh-minute free-kick to give us another precious victory, which lifts us further away from the relegation zone.
Our team now occupy 12th position in Sky Bet League Two – the highest place we have been in the table since early-November, and are 10 points clear of second-bottom Northampton Town.
“I had a feeling that I was going to score today,” said Murray. “I said in the office to ‘Coops’ (Richard Cooper) and a couple of the boys that I thought I was going to score, but I didn’t quite know what to do when it went in.
“I knew that if I got the free-kick on target it was going to cause a bit of trouble. There was a little bit of confusion between their defender and goalkeeper and luckily it’s sneaked in.”
The Stags’ skipper also had praise for team-mate Jamie McGuire, who he believes produced a faultless performance alongside him in the centre of the park.
“I’m enjoying playing average and getting the ‘Man of the Match’. It’s decent,” laughed Murray.
“I don’t think I was at my best, the same as last week. I don’t think I did anything spectacular, but the lad next to me, Jamie (McGuire), was superb today. He absolutely ran his socks off.”
He added: “I think at the minute it’s about team performances and all of us pulling together, and at the minute our team-spirit is pulling us over the line.”
Murray is now urging his colleagues to remain focussed ahead of our last six matches of the campaign, which starts with a trip to the North-West to take on Morecambe next weekend.
“It’s a big win and if you look at the last two home games, the support and the atmosphere that’s been created is what we’re used to,” said Murray.
“But what I would say is we’re not safe [from relegation] yet.
“It’s easy for everyone to slip into a comfort zone now, but there are a lot of points still to play for, so we’ve got to make sure we keep our foot on the pedal.”