Stags boss Murray delighted in defeat after ‘best week in football’

Mansfield Town's Manager Adam Murray speaks wih the Press - Pic Chris Holloway
Mansfield Town's Manager Adam Murray speaks wih the Press - Pic Chris Holloway

Adam Murray was delighted to see his side ‘more like their old selves’ as they battled well in today’s 2-1 home defeat by League Two leaders Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup first round.

The Stags gave a very good account of themselves and deserved at least a replay before David Fox stole a winner 10 minutes from time.

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“I thought we were very good in spells and the lads showed what they can be about, so we will take a lot of positives from that,” said manager Murray.

“I was disappointed with the second goal. If you actually look at it, (Jimmy) Spencer threw (Jamie) McGuire on the floor and it’s a blatant foul.

“There were a lot of good performances, a lot of good attacking play and we probably should have had more out the game.

“There have been a lot of positives on the pitch and off the pitch this week and I think that performance was much more like our old selves – a lot of energy and a lot of tempo.

“I think we are lacking a bit of belief at times. We needed a bit more confidence in the final third.”

A week earlier Murray hinted he may walk away from the club after suffering personal abuse from a section of fans.

But seven days on, he said: “It has probably been one of the best weeks I have ever had in football to be honest.

“I have met some really great people with great thought processes. It has changed my view forever.

“My affinity to the club has never been in question. I believe we’ve taken the club a million miles in the last two years and I will do the same in the next two years.

“It was pleasing to see the positiveness from the crowd today which makes a difference.

“It was great for the players to hear, but I think the performance warranted that. It’s a two-way thing. “It was the same at the end. The crowd saw the lads gave everything today and on another day you win the game. It’s now building the belief back in the players how good they can be.”