Yates left an­gered by hor­ror show­ing

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

DE­LIGHTED Mans­field Town man­ager Adam Mur­ray in­sisted there was still more to come af­ter the club’s first home win of the sea­son ended poor ten-man Crawley’s un­beaten away record.

The Stags were re­warded for high-tempo football as two goals in­side four min­utes ei­ther side of half-time by Nathan Thomas and Mitchell Rose – their first for the club – set up the home vic­tory.

The re­sult was capped by late goals from Matt Green and Craig West­carr to leave Mur­ray grin­ning from ear to ear.

Mur­ray said: “I am not shocked or sur­prised at the score. It’s noth­ing I didn’t ex­pect from them as I know them well as a group.

“I work with them ev­ery day and I have said all along that when we get it right we’ll be a good team.

“It’s another step on our jour­ney and another build­ing block for us.We prob­a­bly took a step quicker than I ex­pected in our process and some of the per­for­mances were su­perb. There is still a long way to go to where we want to get to, but over­all iy was good.

“We have an ethos here that it’s about us – there is no me.”

Gwion Ed­wards’ 50th minute red card for Crawley made sure there was no re­cov­ery.

Dis­ap­pointed Crawley man­ager Mark Yates said: “It was a send­ing off, I have no com­plaints.We were pow­der puff at best. All the credit the play­ers have gained with me over the first five or six games is back to level.

“I hope we didn’t just turn up and ex­pect to pro­duce be­cause we had been on a three-game un­beaten run. How have we gone from three clean sheets on the spin to look­ing like we could con­cede at any time?

“It was poor as I can re­mem­ber and as poor as I ever want to see.We gave the ball away con­tin­u­ously.”

Mans­field made a fast start and might have scored three times in the open­ing six min­utes. West­carr was de­nied by keeper Fred­die Wood­man, Green just failed to touch in Ryan Tafa­zolli’s header from the fol­low­ing cor­ner and Adam Chap­man volleyed wide. Thomas fi­nally broke Crawley’s re­sis­tance, cut­ting out sub­sti­tute Lee Barnard’s pass to Jimmy Smith and surg­ing past three chal­lenges be­fore ham­mer­ing home.

Rose pun­ished more hes­i­tant de­fend­ing, drilling a low shot through a crowded penalty area two min­utes into the sec­ond pe­riod.

Ed­wards’ red card for a late chal­lenge on Nicky Hunt ended the game as a con­test. Green struck the post be­fore tap­ping in West­carr’s 70th minute cross. Sixty sec­onds later they swapped, Green re­leas­ing West­carr to score.


ARR Mansfi


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