We need more fan noise says Stags boss

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Tim Mor­riss

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.

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