Mans­field let Noble do all the talk­ing

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Lee Clarke

PRE-GAME fight­ing talk does not al­ways have the de­sired ef­fect and Mans­field man­ager Adam Mur­ray ad­mit­ted it was not his words but those of Notts County midfielder Liam Noble that riled his side up ahead of their derby-day vic­tory.

Goals ei­ther side of half-time from Chris Cle­ments and Ryan Tafa­zolli proved the dif­fer­ence, as an im­pres­sive Stags dis­play ful­filled the man­ager’s pre-match prom­ise to ‘play with­out fear’ against a side rel­e­gated from League One last term.

The two-goal mar­gin could have been even greater were it not for County stop­per Roy Car­roll, who twice de­nied an en­er­getic Nathan Thomas, while Matt Green also headed just wide of the up­right in the sec­ond pe­riod.

And Mur­ray was adamant af­ter the game – the first league meet­ing be­tween the Not­ting­hamshire ri­vals since 2008 – that Mans­field were well worth three points af­ter Noble had claimed the Mag­pies would ‘def­i­nitely’ win.

“We were ex­cel­lent from start to fin­ish and got ex­actly what we de­served,” he said.

“If I am hon­est one of their play­ers has done the team talk for us, and what he said has back­fired big style as we were the bet­ter side from start to fin­ish.

“We passed it well in the right ar­eas and Cle­ments and Tafa­zolli have taken their goals su­perbly well to be hon­est.

“I am de­lighted for the fans and I stand here slightly emo­tional af­ter such a mas­sive win for this great football club.

“We showed su­perb en­deav­our and looked like we wanted it more, but while it was a great per­for­mance, it is just one game and we need to push on and go again.

“We go to Ac­cring­ton on Tues­day look­ing to im­prove and look­ing at how we can get bet­ter than we were tonight, which was very good.”

Mean­while, County boss Ri­cardo Moniz could do no more than hold his hands up and ap­plaud the Stags’ de­sire.

His side barely tested Brian Jensen – who be­came the old­est ever player to play for Mans­field at 40 – in the Stags goal, while three in­juries to Ci­vard Sprockel, Curtis Thompson and Kyle De Silva have given him food for thought.

Moniz said: “We were iso­lated up front and to be fair to Mans­field Town they wanted it so much more than us.

“We were lim­ited in at­tack and in the first half Jon Stead was on his own prac­ti­cally the en­tire time, there was just no link up play from the mid­field at all.

“We are hurt­ing in the dress­ing room for the sim­ple rea­son we know we need to be bet­ter than that.”



G Mansfi


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