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Murray pleased with side's start to the season

13 August 2016

Club News

Murray pleased with side's start to the season

13 August 2016

Stags’ boss Adam Murray says there's more to come from side after seeing them pick up four points from their opening two games.

Murray’s men were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Cheltenham Town today after midfielder Mitchell Rose’s opener was cancelled out by an incredible 35-yard strike from Robins’ defender Daniel O’Shaughnessy. 

And the manager says although his side were pegged back by a ‘wonder-strike’ at One Call Stadium today, they’ll build on the performance as they get ready to welcome Yeovil Town on Tuesday evening. 

“For 99 percent of the time we defended their threat very well. It’s a wonder-strike that’s cost us three points but overall, we’ll build on that. We’ll take that into Tuesday, it’s another game that we’ve not been beaten and we’ll move on,” Murray said.

“It’s the second league game of the season so do we want to be at full throttle now? No we don’t because there’s 10 months to go. 

“Two games in, can we expect to be 10 out of 10? Of course we can’t. Would we like to? Of course we would but to not be beaten yet and to be sitting fifth in the league, I’m sure there’s a lot of teams in the country that would take our place at the minute.

“[There’s] loads to come from us, loads and loads to come from us; it does look, at times, that we are still finding our feet and our rhythm with each other.”

Although O’Shaughnessy’s goal will undoubtedly grab the headlines, Murray praised the quality of Mitchell Rose’s opener and his performance in general.

“I thought again he had another really good game. He played well [on] Tuesday, I thought he did well last Saturday and his performance was good again today. He’s a young lad who’s still learning his trade, there’s still loads he can get better at but he’s coming on nicely.

“I think if we can get the seven out of ten performances up to eight and nines, that’s us moving up to the next level."

Stags are one of nine teams on four points after two games in Sky Bet League Two and the manager says the division will be ‘relentless’ in this season’s battle for supremacy. 

“It’s going to be the team that can get that consistency, the team, and we keep saying it, when you’re not at your best, when you’re having ‘one of them games’, don’t get beat because it’s going to be that close this season. 

“There’s probably 15/16 teams that could get into the play-offs, so it’s the team that can grind games out when they’re not at their best that’s going to ultimately grab those spots.”

Supporters can view Adam Murray’s post-match interview on Stags PlayerHD.

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