Stags boss Murray salutes away form, despite final defeat

Manager Adam Murray
Manager Adam Murray

Despite the disappointment of losing their final away game 1-0 at Leyton Orient on Saturday, Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray paid tribute to his side’s superb road form over the season.

The Stags chalked up 10 away wins, just one short of the club’s Football League record and Murray said: “I think our away form has been superb.

“You obviously can’t win every away game, as much as we try and do and as much as you want to.

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“Saturday was one of those in that we were coming up against a team that hasn’t had the greatest of seasons in terms of what they expected, but they are still probably the biggest club in the league. So we knew it was going to be tough.

“They have some very good players, players who can hurt you. “It was disappointing not to finish on a positive result, but overall we couldn’t really ask any more from our away form this season.

“It really has been superb and I think we have definitely given the travelling support something to shout about on the road. “The last minute wins we’ve had, the performances and some of the results we’ve had on the road have been a real excitement for everyone.

“It’s come through a lot of hard work and it’s something we want to carry on next season.”

With the play-offs gone for both sides, the match at Brisbane Road was a damp squib end-of-season affair, though Stags had enough opportunities to win it.

“We’ve heard it a number of times over the years but I felt it was a typical end of season game,” said Murray.

“The atmosphere was dead. The crowd was dead. The tempo of the game was dead.

“But we still should have won the game in my opinion.

“We’ve had a goal disallowed first half which, when looking back on it, I think it was onside.

“Then I think Mani’s (Dieseruvwe) headed chance just before that, he’s got to score it really.

“Then we’ve gone down the other end second half, hit the bar, and scored again and had that disallowed. It was all-round annoying and one of those games you just want over.”

Ironically, in the end the winning goal came from ex-Stags striker Ollie Palmer, released last summer and subjected to catcalls and boos from the travelling Mansfield fans on Saturday.

But Palmer had the last laugh and Murray added: “Fair play to him.

“I’ve watched a lot of Leyton Orient over the season. I think Ollie has only scored four or five goals this season, so he’s not been prolific.

“I think he has probably found the step-up in level goalscoring-wise tough, but he’s been one of their best players and he has created a lot of goals for Jay Simpson.

“So credit to him. I’m not going to hate him for scoring a goal. “We didn’t deal with him on the day. He has a good game on the day and he got the better of our centre halves.”