UNITED AP­PIAH AFTER LEV­ELLER

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP SECOND RND - By Paddy Din­ham

ADAM Mur­ray called for more lead­ers in the Mans­field dress­ing room after Kwesi Ap­piah’s stop­page­time goal se­cured Cam­bridge a re­play.

Tom Cham­pion’s own goal looked to have earned Mans­field a hard-earned vic­tory on the road, after Rak­ish Bing­ham and Luke Chad­wick ex­changed first-half goals.

How­ever, Ap­piah scored for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive round to earn re­play and deny Mur­ray a vic­tory in his first game as play­er­man­ager at Mans­field.

“I said at half-time that some of them need to stand up, be a man and, what­ever hap­pens, come out with some­thing,” Mur­ray said.

“It’s go­ing to take a while be­fore the lads be­come con­fi­dent and brave.

“In a strange way we sat in the dress­ing room like we had lost the game and I’m over the moon with that be­cause it shows that they care.

“Do I think we did enough to win the game? No, if I’m hon­est. I’ve asked for brav­ery, I’ve asked for peo­ple to con­trol and dic­tate the game.

“If we’re go­ing to do that we need to be bet­ter. We weren’t good enough with the foot­ball and we gave pos­ses­sion away too eas­ily.

“We’re on a jour­ney, we’re on a process, but if they be­lieve in the in­for­ma­tion we’re giv­ing them then we’ll be OK.

“We’re look­ing to change ev­ery­thing. We’re go­ing from black to white.

“It’s not some­thing that th­ese lads have been used to over the pre­vi­ous years.

“A fresh ap­proach is needed and a new di­rec­tion is needed.”

Mur­ray’s man­age­rial ca­reer got off to a dream start when Robert Tay­lor’s sump­tu­ous left-wing cross was headed in at the back post by Bing­ham.

Par­ity was re­stored within seven min­utes, though, when Chad­wick, a Premier League win­ner at Manch­ester United, latched onto Cham­pion’s through ball and fin­ished low past Mans­field’s Swiss keeper Sascha Studer.

But the Stags thought they had won it ten min­utes from the end of a scrappy sec­ond half when Tay­lor’s deep free-kick was turned into his own net by Cam­bridge skip­per Cham­pion.

How­ever, when Mans­field failed to clear their lines, Ap­piah smashed home the equaliser for a re­play at which Cam­bridge man­ager Richard Money was more than re­lieved:“I think we’ve shown a never say die at­ti­tude to get our­selves back into the game,” he said.

“There was some scrappy pe­ri­ods and we were not se­cure enough, so a re­play is prob­a­bly a fair re­sult.

“I think the crowd were a bit quiet if I’m hon­est but we didn’t re­ally give them much of a chance to get be­hind us.

“Some­times when you try and force it and you’re ex­pected to win, it’s not easy. But the shoe’s on the other foot now and they’ll think that they’ve done the job.

“The tie is still very even and we’ll be very dan­ger­ous away from home, there’s no doubt about, that as they were out there.”

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