Stags’ manager Adam Murray says he wasn't surprised by his side's confident display during today’s resounding 4-0 win over Crawley Town and says there's more to come from his players.
The Stags' boss had predicted earlier this week that an opposing team 'would be on the end of a banging' once things 'click into place'.
And today, goals from Nathan Thomas, Mitchell Rose, Matt Green and Craig Westcarr propelled Stags to their first home win of the season in fantastic fashion.
The gaffer said that the performance of his side came as little surprise, because he knows how good they can be. “There were spells today that we were really, really good.
“It’s a good performance and three points but nothing I didn’t expect from the group. I’ve said all along that when we get it right we’ll be a good team. It’s another step on our journey and another building block.
“The main thing about this season was making us hard to beat, making us solid and stern in what we do, because that’s the platform for everything then. Our flair players and our attacking players have had to take that on board and if they aren’t happy with that job on the other side of the game then they won’t be in the team.
“I’m not shocked or surprised because as staff, we work very hard during the week and the recruitment we did in the summer was hard work; Micky (Moore), Coops (Richard Cooper) and myself worked hard to get these players in. We’ve got 14 new players and we’re seven games in but we’re going on the right path.”
After three consecutive 1-1 draws at home, Murray says his side’s slight alteration in their gameplan helped towards the win over their Sussex rivals.
“We’ve had spells in games [this season] where we’ve had long spells with the ball without really hurting the opposition and today we went a little bit more ‘League Two-ish’ and got it forward more quickly."
Our boss said that his side ‘showed what they’re capable of’ against a Crawley team who he believes will be at the right end of the table come May.
“We showed in glimpses what we can be capable of but we’re seven games in, that’s the bottom line.
“Don’t get this wrong; they’re a very good team. They’ll be ‘in and around it’ this season, they’re very efficient in what they do and for the first 15/20 minutes they caused us problems. We had to get to terms with that and then put our game onto them.
“There’s still a long way to go to where we want to get to but overall, it was a good performance today. It’s three points and we’re focussed now on Luton [next Saturday].”