Mansfield Town steel themselves for busy fortnight

Adam Murray.
Adam Murray.

Mansfield Town are steeling themselves for four games in two weeks, starting at Northampton tomorrow, with boss Adam Murray admitting they could have done without an FA Cup replay at Oldham next Tuesday.

“We’d rather not have it to be honest as that makes it four games to play in two weeks now. It adds to the schedule,” he said.

“But it’s a game we go into with confidence. We feel we can get something out of it. Then we have a decent tie for the winner against Sheffield United.

“We’d rather not have a midweek game, but we’ve got it, so we’ll go there full strength, we’ll go there to win it and hopefully get through to the next round.”

Monday’s draw sends Stags or Oldham to Sheffield United, who knocked Mansfield out of the Capital One Cup there last season, neighbours Sheffield Wednesday repeating that feat this season.

Murray said: “We’ve got a habit of playing these Sheffield clubs lately.

“It’s obviously a massive club, but I am not really too fussed about that one yet. There’s a lot of work to do before we get there.”

Murray felt Stags did enough not to need a replay last weekend.

“We were frustrated not to win the game as I felt we did more than enough to win it,” he said.

“But again I was really pleased with the performance and I think it was up there with our best performances so far. I enjoyed Saturday. We carved them open at times and we just need one to go in off someone’s backside at the minute.

“We’ve gone over it and had a couple of meetings this week and we do honestly believe someone is close to getting a thumping soon.

“If we weren’t creating chances it would be an issue, but if we keep doing what we are doing, eventually the law of averages says the ball will go into the net.

“We haven’t had the rub of the green with the ball, though at the same time we’ve had chances we have to score.”