MANS­FIELD SHOW THEY’RE UP FOR FIGHT IN COME­BACK WIN

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Kay Fran­cis

ADAM MUR­RAY re­vealed some of Mans­field’s play­ers al­most came to blows at half­time against Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge be­fore stag­ing a dra­matic fight­back to win 4-3.

Malvind Ben­ning had given Stags the lead early on through a stun­ning volley, but Matt McClure equalised soon af­ter with a low drive.

Ash­ley Cham­bers scored twice in three min­utes with a low drive and then by pok­ing home from close range to make it 3-2, be­fore Matt Green pulled one back from the penalty spot to make it 3-2 at the break.

Mur­ray ad­mit­ted there was a heated ex­change in the dress­ing room at half-time be­fore, with nine min­utes re­main­ing, Krys­tian Pearce scored with a bullet header and Adi Yus­suf slot­ted un­der goal­keeper Liam O’Brien. Mur­ray said: “We had a bit of a bust-up at half-time, the lads went for each other and it was head to head. It got bro­ken

up, but that is what win­ners do. They don’t sit for sec­ond best, we push each other ev­ery minute of ev­ery day and we got the re­ac­tion in the sec­ond half that we wanted.”

He con­tin­ued: “We don’t die. We refuse to let each other down – as staff, as play­ers, we’re a fam­ily. The fans were in­cred­i­ble. We’re a fam­ily and we stick to­gether and when the chips are down, we’re learn­ing to fight to­gether.

“That hasn’t been the case for a few years at this club; ev­ery­one’s fought in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions. But at this mo­ment in time, we’re all fight­ing the same bat­tle and as long as we do that, we’ll be fine.”

Dag­gers boss Wayne Bur­nett was livid af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle. “We’ve given a need­less goal away and it’s gone in for 3-2 and it’s changed the com­plex­ion of the game,” he said.

“We came out and we didn’t per­form in the sec­ond half, get­ting too deep, de­fend­ing too deep and the goals were a joke, an ab­so­lute joke.”

“Our play­ers just weren’t good enough,” the for­mer midfielder con­tin­ued.

“I could sin­gle out in­di­vid- uals but col­lec­tively we’ve all been beaten.”

Bur­nett went even fur­ther as he told his play­ers he is ac­tively look­ing to re­place some of them with Dag­gers ly­ing sec­ond from bot­tom in League Two.

He added: “We need more play­ers be­cause the ones that we’ve got at the mo­ment aren’t do­ing it. If they were, we wouldn’t be in the po­si­tion that we’re in. That’s the harsh re­al­ity.

“It’s not easy to get play­ers, but we’re go­ing to have to try. I’ve changed the team, I’ve left Jamie Cure­ton out, I’ve left Ny­ron Nos­wor­thy out, how many more times do I need to change the team? I haven’t got any more play­ers.”

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