Mur­ray reads riot act to his Yel­lows

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jon Palmer

ADAM Mur­ray said he needed to re­mind his Mans­field Town play­ers that they weren’t on the beach yet as they hit back for a point at Chel­tenham Town.

Sub­sti­tute Billy Kee’s 68th-minute goal can­celled out Wes Burns’ opener for the Stags, which kept them away from the dan­ger zone and left Chel­tenham deep in trou­ble.

“It was a scrappy game and not pretty at all,” Mur­ray said.“In the first 45 min­utes we went through the mo­tions and we were not at the stan­dards the group have set.

“We are go­ing to have games like this through the sea­son and it’s a great point, show­ing real de­sire to get back and score the goal.

“We didn’t de­fend as well as we have done. I have ex­pe­ri­enced a lot of things and when we come to games like this, when the sun is out, we drove through the mid­dle and saw cars with the roofs down and peo­ple may think we’re nearly at the end of the sea­son.

“That can’t hap­pen and there were a few with pina co­ladas, a few had sun­screen on and we’re bet­ter than that.

“We started the sec­ond half badly so the team talk ob­vi­ously didn’t work. But it’s a big point for us.”

Chel­tenham boss Rus­sell Mil­ton was pleased to see his team climb out of the bot­tom two, but ad­mit­ted it was two points dropped.

“There are some disap- pointed faces in there be­cause we were ahead and do­ing okay,” Mil­ton said.“We were then pegged back for ten or 15 min­utes and then in the last ten or 15 I thought we were great, with a real in­jec­tion from the subs.

“It’s prob­a­bly two points lost be­cause we were ahead, but we have moved out of the bot­tom two, so it’s made it brighter day for us.

“We were con­cen­trat­ing on their long throws and set plays and then we scored from one so I was pleased we got our­selves in front straight af­ter half-time.

“We lost mo­men­tum a bit, but came back in at the end and the chances fell to the man you want them too, in Shaun Har­rad, who put a great shift in for half an hour. I am sure he’ll take his chances in the com­ing matches.”

The first half was largely un­event­ful, but Mans­field hit the bar through Ju­nior Brown’s header in the 28th minute, with Troy Brown block­ing Simon Hes­lop’s fol­low-up at­tempt.

Chel­tenham opened the scor­ing in the 47th minute when Craig Braham-Bar­rett’s long throw was flicked on by Mathieu Manset for Burns to stroke in.

Mans­field lev­elled in the 68th minute when Reg­gie Lambe set up Kee, who fin­ished em­phat­i­cally to se­cure an im­por­tant share of the spoils.

STAR MAN BILLY KEE Mansfi

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