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Murray: Positive mood in the camp

26 February 2015

Oxford defeat firmly in the past as boss looks ahead to visit of Dagenham & Redbridge.

Manager Adam Murray insists there is a positive feeling in the camp as our team aim to make it five games unbeaten at One Call Stadium when they entertain Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.

Our team know that a victory will see them leapfrog the Daggers in the Sky Bet League Two table and the Stags’ boss is relishing the opportunity to get back on home soil following our defeat to Oxford United last time out.

“I think the bottom line has been [about] moving forward,” said Murray.

“The game last weekend was out of our system straight away. It was one of those that I wanted to draw a line under really quickly and we’ve done so. We’ve had a really productive week and I can’t wait for Saturday.”

He continued: “[This week] we’ve managed to get treatment for the boys who’ve had a few knocks, bangs and bruises from the previous game and we’ve managed to get them ‘over the hill’."

Murray also believes a sense of perspective is needed in certain quarters following recent results throughout the division.

“Some people will look at things and go ‘Dagenham & Redbridge have pulled themselves out of trouble’ yet they’re only two points ahead of us,” said our boss. “Cambridge United – what a great team and what a great season they’ve had, but we can go above them on Saturday if we win.

“So there has to be a sense of perspective in everything that we do. We’ve come a million miles in two-and-a-half months, we’ve changed everything but we’re still nowhere near where I want us to be – from a playing point of view, a position point of view, as a club, we’ve not even scratched the surface.

“But we’ve got to be realistic as to where we are. If we’re saying that Dagenham & Redbridge are out of trouble, then ‘Wow. We’re doing a great job at the minute.’”

Murray added: “There’s no covering it up that our away form is poor, but the positives of the whole situation is that our home form has been superb.

“We know that the away form is something that we’ve got to look at, and, as we are as staff and as a group of people, we’re analysing everything on it because it has to be put right. If we get it right, it’ll make the next nine weeks a lot easier.”

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