Crawley Town v Mansfield: Opposition manager Adam Murray gives his view

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After reverting to a more direct game for the 2-1 win at Morecambe on Tuesday, Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray said he had a different game plan up his sleeve for Saturday’s trip to Crawley Town.

He said: Crawley will provide us with a different problem, but we’ll provide Crawley with different problems to what we brought to the table on Tuesday.

Mansfield boss Adam Murray

“That sums up the squad we’ve got. It’s small but it’s a strong squad capable of putting any game plan into play.

“But this Saturday is a totally different game, different opposition, different game plan. So we will look at the personnel for that one.”

Stags headed south on Friday night and Murray continued: “We know Crawley’s strengths. Obviously it’s another long trip for us – three and a half hours – but we will be going down there in good spirits.

Tuesday’s win was Mansfield’s seventh away success this season as they came from behind to score twice in the last four minutes.

“It was a battle of a game from the first minute – a very tactical 90-odd minutes, and the spirit and character the boys showed was superb,” said Murray.

“It was good to see that in them, especially when we went 1-0 down.

“It was never a penalty and very clever of (Kevin) Ellison. He’d done what he did a few times during the game and probably conned the ref, to be fair.

“I don’t think there was one yellow card on Tuesday, which you don’t see in League Two, so I was wondering if we had any officials?

“But it was good to see that belief in ourselves. At 1-0 down I looked at the personnel in team and I knew there was going to be a fightback. For the lads to get that win in the manner they did was huge.

“Chris Beardsley gave us a different option on Tuesday. As much as it pains me to do, sometimes you’ve just got to get the ball into the box and see what happens.

“We can still do that with a bit of finesse, which I think we did on Tuesday.

“The shape was a bit of a gamble as we didn’t have time to work on it. But the lads took it on board and credit to them for carrying it out.”

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