MANSFIELD SHOW THEY’RE UP FOR FIGHT IN COMEBACK WIN
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.”