Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray calls on side to become the entertainers again for Stevenage visit

Mansfield Town Manager Adam Murray 'Picture by Dan Westwell
Mansfield Town Manager Adam Murray 'Picture by Dan Westwell

Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray is calling on his players to express themselves and entertain when struggling Stevenage visit on Saturday.

Stags have a poor home record this season, winning just three times in front of their own fans, some of whom showed their anger at last week’s 3-2 home defeat by Accrington Stanley.

However, Murray said: “Early in the season we were what I call a free side. People just went and played – the front boys had no positions as we were that secure in what we did.

“There was no expectation on us to win at that time so they played with freedom.

“Because results went the other way a bit, I decided we needed to be a bit more rigid. That made us stiff and I’ve hated watching us at times as it’s boring. That’s not the team that plays the free-flowing football we’ve got a reputation for now.

“Win, lose or draw that’s what I am putting back into this team.”

On Stevenage, who haven’t won in their last four matches, he said: “Stevenage are a weird one. From the outside you see they pick some decent results up but are a bit inconsistent.

“They had a good result against Leyton Orient and they have some good players.

“Their front two – big man and a little man – cause problems. They have some good physical presence and pace and power.

“But we are putting all the focus on us. We stopped winning for a couple of games and I changed the focus onto the opposition which was a huge mistake. When we are at it we are one of the best teams in his league.”

Murray added: “We have had a good couple of days so far and there is a lot of passion and fight in the camp right now.

“It starts with me against Stevenage on Saturday. Win, lose or draw I want to see that passion and pride and I want to see my players run around at 100mph, putting people in the stand and trying to score goals. That’s what we are about. That’s what I stand for.”

Stags will leave it until then last minute to see if striker Matt Green and right back Nicky Hunt are fit enough to start.

Murray is also hoping he may be able to bring in an attacking utility player to bolster numbers in time for the game.