Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray pleased with fightback in awful conditions

Adam Murray.
Adam Murray.

Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray hailed his side’s battling display as they earned a 1-1 home draw in dreadful conditions against play-off rivals Leyton Orient to stay in the top seven.

On a day when heavy rain and swirling wind ruined any hopes of football, Reggie Lambe wiped out Jay Simpson’s early strike and Murray said: “I think that was a massive point for us.

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“When we look back in two or three months time, it will be a huge point as you take points off the sides around you, don’t get beaten by the teams around you, it keeps you in touch with that top seven.

“ They had the better of the first half hour, and we probably edged the second half and had enough chances to win it.

“It was a scrappy game, not much football played, and we were killing ourselves first half trying to play across the back and the ball was getting stuck in the water and causing our own problems.

“Defensively we looked as if we were up against the top centre forward in the league and for the first 20 minutes we gave him way too much respect.

“We sat back and got dictated to which is not like us. After that I thought we were excellent in the second half. We came out, changed the shape and looked a lot better with 4-3-3. It let us get out and create chances and in the end we were unlucky not to get all three points.”

On the equaliser he said: “It was probably undeserved if I am totally honest, but we sometimes get these things go against us, so you earn these bits of luck.

“It was a good finish by Reg and we needed that to get us back in the game and settle our minds down a bit.

“Conditions played a massive part. They ruined the game and there wasn’t much football played. I think we dealt with that better second half than first.

“The ball wasn’t rolling properly. The referee decided before the game that the pitch was playable, but as the game went on, especially second half, it wasn’t. The wind was the biggest problem, I think it was 40mph today.”