Stags back on track says Murray ahead of Crewe clash

Mansfield Town Manager Adam Murray
Picture by Dan Westwell
Mansfield Town Manager Adam Murray Picture by Dan Westwell
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Adam Murray felt his Mansfield Town side looked back to their old selves in midweek and is hoping they can carry that form into Saturday’s tough test at Crewe Alexandra.

Although they had to make do with a point in a 1-1 draw and haven’t won for six matches, boss Murray saw a new spirit about his side at Accrington as they ended a 482-minute goal drought

“It was only one game but it was good to see my team back, that pressing, that energy and that bit of fight,” he said.

“It will help us get that confidence back, though we do need the rub of the green at the minute.

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“There are little things dropping at the moment that don’t drop to us and we ask why they don’t drop in the other box like that.”

On opponents Crewe, he added: “It’s obviously a League One club that’s come down and they’ve had a great start to the season.

“But it’s about us. This next two weeks we need to get back our way of playing – that front foot play that we had last year.

“We have looked a little bit stiff at times this year. Why? I have to be honest, I am not sure. Sometimes it’s good to come out of that bubble and review.”

Crewe boss Steve Davis will be looking for a reaction after his high-flyers were expectedly rocked 5-1 at Wycome Wanderers on Tuesday.

The Railwaymen went into the game brimming with confidence on the back of a five-match unbeaten run.

Davis said: “I didn’t see that coming at all because of the way we have played this season.

“We actually played some good football in the first half and at 1-0 we were really in the game.

“Their goalkeeper made two outstanding saves and we somehow found ourselves 3-0 down at half-time.

“If we managed to have gone 1-1 it could have been different but it was one of those nights where nothing went right for us.

“It was a very disappointing night for us and an off night for us because we have played well this season.

“I have been their biggest fan of what they have achieved so far and what they have done has been good.

“They have worked hard and I cannot fault their effort, but there were no positives from this. No one comes away with any credit and we have to move on quickly.

“We gave away some really silly goals and they got in behind too often. We didn’t recover from it and it could have been worse because Ben (Garratt) has made a couple of saves.

“Wycombe deserve credit as well because they had a game plan, stuck to it and their football was effective. They pressed us and went longer than us.”

On this weekend’s game, he added: “We have Mansfield at home on Saturday and how we bounce back and react will be important.

“They are a good group and the mental side of our game has improved but this will be our first real test and now we have to respond.”