We need more fan noise says Stags boss
MANSFIELD boss Adam Murray urged the home fans to be more vocal after the Stags leapfrogged relegation rivals Dagenham. to extend their undefeated home run to four matches and end the visitors’ three-match unbeaten away record.
It was only the second time in five months that the Stags, transformed in the second half after a poor first 45 minutes, had scored more than one goal.
Winger Brown won the points seven minutes from time after veteran striker Jamie Cureton – the oldest outfield player in the Football League – cancelled out Lambe’s 46thminute opener with his 250th League goal.
“Everyone in the ground was on edge and that rubbed off on the lads,” he said.“There was an eerie feeling about the place, a real anxiety.
“At half-time I tore into the players and asked for certain ingredients and I got that.We came out and showed great team spirit.
“At times the ground was silent.When that happens all you can hear are negative things.
“The lads said what a difference it made for them towards the end when the fans started making noise.
“We need that from the first minute, but the fans pushed us over the line in the end and I thank them for that.”
But Dagenham boss Wayne Burnett, defeated for the second time in a week after a five-match unbeaten run, could help but feel hard done by.
He said:“We were worth a point.We gave away two sloppy goals and you can’t afford to defend like that.
“I didn’t think we were under any pressure at 1-1 and if anything looked the more likely to win.
“We have got 13 games to go and lots of points to play for.
“Let’s not forget we have been on a decent run.We have been hard to beat and the players have put in a lot of good performances over the last six weeks.
“Now we have to go again.”
Dagenham’s Alex Jakubiak squandered the only chance of the first half, blazing over.
Mansfield showed more urgency in the second half and were ahead within 55 seconds when Brown’s cross was parried by Mark Cousins for Lambe to finish from close range.
A similar quick-passing move on the hour gave Cureton the chance to equalise with a firsttime shot on the turn.
Cousins twice denied Vadaine Oliver from Brown crosses and Scott Doe and Abu Ogogo cleared Lambe and Oliver efforts off the line as Mansfield pressed for the winner. Their pressure told when substitute Billy Kee caused problems from a Callum Elder throw and Brown smashed home a winner.