Adam Murray admitted the club may struggle to afford to do what he’d like to in the January transfer window as Mansfield town’s poor home results continued with today’s 3-2 defeat by Accrington Stanley.
To make matters worse, birthday boy Matt Green scored then limped off after trying to play on following an awful tackle and the club will assess his injury tomorrow.
Stags are now 12th and Murray knows his side will struggle to stay with the play-off pace without help.
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“You can’t concede goals like we do at the moment and expect to be fighting at the right end of the table,” he said.
“When we have a large number of kids in the team we can look naïve like we did today, for all their ability.
“It is what it is. We are where we are as a football club. We don’t have the privilege of going out and signing three or four X-factor players. We have to scrap for everything we can do.
“If these boys have an off day it’s not for want of trying. They work hard and that’s all we can ask of them.
“We are going to lack in certain areas as we’re not paying them £2-3,000 a week. They will keep giving their all and I will keep giving my all.
“The turning point for me today was when we got on top in the first half we had to finish them off.”
On the January window, he said: “It depends what the football club wants to do. We are trying our best.
“Anything that can come into any team in the country and it can affect your team and make you better – and you can do it, then fine. But if you can’t do it, you have to fight with what you’ve got and people have to understand that.
“We are not blessed, with 5,000, 6,000, 7,000, 8,000 fans every week. If we want to do something the chairman has to pay for it out of his own bank – would you do that? “We are all doing our best here – the chairman, the board, the players, the staff and will continue to do that and ultimately end up where we deserve to end up.”
Stags once again began a home match on the back foot as classy Accrington tore into them and Murray said: “That game was like putting a gun to your head and shooting yourself.
“We have conceded three awful goals and then we are nowhere near as clinical as we need to be at the other end.
“It was an awful start again which people have got to take responsibility for now as it’s becoming a joke.
“Then we get back to 1-1 and for me there was only one team in it and we had two great chances where, if we are clinical, ruthless and have a little bit more X-factor, we are 3-1 up and we go in at half-time having turned it around.
“We were on the front foot now and finally kicked into gear, then you lose Matt Green and you are on the back foot again.
“He is struggling and this is the frustrating thing as the ref said he’d not seen it but the linesman was only 10 yards away and he’s not seen it.
“It could have finished Greeny, he’s gone straight through him. At half-time he said he didn’t think he could carry on. He couldn’t run. He couldn’t move.”
He added: “We had a game plan, but that’s no good if people are going to go off doing their own thing.
“When we play with energy, zest and confidence we are a very good team, but we have this habit of going through the motions in games and it’s killing us. We should have been out of sight at half-time after that initial period.
“Accrington are a very good side, you’ve got to give them credit and they are where they are as they are a very good team.
“For half an hour we made them look ordinary. But we conceded a poor second goal, then you’re chasing it. Then they get the third and it’s game over.”