Crawley ‘are not a poor side’ says Mansfield boss Murray

Mansfield Town V Cobblers. 'Adam Murray. NNL-150216-023332009
Mansfield Town V Cobblers. 'Adam Murray. NNL-150216-023332009
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Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray has been angered by suggestions that his side’s 4-0 win on Saturday was over a ‘poor Crawley side’.

Stags roared to their first home win of the season in style and were in full command at 2-0 before Crawley had Gwion Edwards sent off for a crude challenge on Nicky Hunt on 50 minutes, after which Murray’s men added two more goals and could have had more.

Like I say they are not a poor team, Crawley. They were poor on Saturday because we made them, and that was because of our preparation and how hard the boys worked so they deserve the pats on the back for that.”

Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray

Murray was hoping to see his players get deserved praise for their display, so was left disappointed by some of the ‘glass half empty’ brigade.

Murray said: “Like I say they are not a poor team, Crawley. They were poor on Saturday because we made them, and that was because of our preparation and how hard the boys worked so they deserve the pats on the back for that.

“At times you have to give credit where it’s due. It’s easy to criticise, so when credit is due, let’s give it.”

Some people have also suggested the win came only because it was against 10 men. But Murray said: “It was over by then. We dominated the game from start to finish from two seconds into the game where we won the first tackle.

“The game was ours on Saturday and that was credit to the boys. Tactically, technically, physically and psychologically we were on it on Saturday.

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