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We're heading to Hillsborough to win - boss

10 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.

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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