Stags’ boss Adam Murray believes that the club is a ‘great’ place to be around at the moment, after a solid start to the season.
The gaffer was speaking about the outlook of everyone associated with the club at this morning’s news conference and he says that everybody is looking forward after the opening month of the season.
With the Stags sitting just outside the play-offs after the first six games of the season, Murray is pleased with how different aspects of the club are coming together, both on and off the pitch.
“To be a Mansfield Town employee at the minute and as a fan at the minute, it’s a real positive place because the only focus is forward,” Murray said.
“Over the last couple of days on the training ground I’ve said to the staff: ‘what a great place to come and work at the minute’ because we’ve got a group that is one of the best I’ve been involved in as a player and as a manager now.”
Following a hectic first month of the season which saw Murray’s side play eight games in just 28 days, our boss is pleased to have a little more time on the training ground, which also benefits other parts of the club. “It’s good to get on the training ground but the lads probably want to play games because they’re getting ‘battered’ on the training ground and that’s not just physically, but tactically.
“The other departments, the sports science and the medical department, they’re working just as hard and they’re doing a great job at the minute. That’s credit to the club, Paul Broughton (Stadium Director) and the Chairman have allowed us to bring these people in and allowed us to move things up a notch.
“I think, ‘touch wood’, we have haven’t had any serious muscular injuries yet which for this part of the season, [which after] going through pre-season is unheard of and it’s credit to the guys doing their job.”
Murray had some positive injury news to reveal as both goalkeeper Scott Shearer and winger Matty Blair have both returned to training after their respective spells on the sidelines.
“It was a scary time for Scott, out of nowhere he was in a real bad place but he’s come back into the building and he’s started light training and it’s a case of building him up now. We’ll get him back into the squad as soon as we can because Brian’s (Jensen) been superb, but he’s going to need some help.
“Matty’s back in training but again. We’ve got a couple of behind-closed-doors games coming up which the lads who haven’t played will be taking part in and Matty’s one of them.
“He’s got his final meeting with the specialist tomorrow to do the final ticks but we expect nothing to be brought up there and he’s back in and looking fit.”
After three consecutive home draws so far this season, the gaffer is hoping to get our first win on the board against this weekend’s visitors, Crawley Town.
“We know them inside out already and we want to put the points on the board now because we feel like we can 'grab' this league.
“We can feel something bubbling here and when we do click into place in our forward areas and our defensive areas then someone will be on the end of a ‘banging’.”