‘Spineless’ Mansfield frustrate Murray
ANGRY manager Adam Murray labelled his players spineless and apologised to the home fans after ten-man York’s first win in five matches moved them away from the drop zone and dragged Mansfield back into the relegation battle.
York played for an hour with ten men, but when keeper Bobby Olejnik was red carded the Minstermen were already ahead through Keith Lowe and Shaq Coulthirst goals.
Murray blasted: “That was shambolic and the lowest point of my 20-odd games in charge.We were gutless and spineless. I am ashamed to represent that performance.
“We didn’t do the basics.We didn’t defend set pieces, we lacked bravery in possession and we didn’t win any battles. The ball became a hot potato.
“Every person that came to the game deserves an apology. That was not acceptable.
“This will go to the wire.We had a few wins recently, but we are not good enough to pull ourselves out of it and go through a time when we don’t need the points.”
Mansfield rarely threatened a comeback, despite the man advantage, and substitute Matt Rhead’s 77th-minute close-range finish, came either side of further City goals from Jak Hyde and Coulthirst.
York boss Russ Wilcox praised the influence of Spurs loan striker Coulthirst and his deci- sion to play with two forwards after the red card.
Wilcox said: “It was the best performance since I took over because of playing for so long with ten men after a crazy decision by the keeper.
“It would have been easy to take a striker off and try to see it through, but I wanted to keep two up top and they caused problems all afternoon.
“Shaq Coulthirst is terrific and wants to improve. There is no edge to him. He has come with the right approach into a relegation battle.”
City started on the front foot and home keeper Lenny Pidgeley made two terrific early saves to deny Hyde and Josh Carson.
But he was beaten when the unmarked Lowe headed in Carson’s ninth-minute corner. The hesitant Stags were punished again eight minutes later as Coulthirst beat the offside trap to score.
The home side’s hopes were boosted when Olejnik was dismissed for tipping Bingham’s shot wide when outside his area.
But the ten men secured victory in the 53rd minute when Hyde ran in unchallenged.
Rhead’s goal briefly gave the home side hope, but replacement keeper Michael Ingham didn’t have another shot to save before Coulthirst added his second, shrugging off two challenges to score.