The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Mark Wil­liams

BOSS Adam Mur­ray reck­oned Mans­field’s drab stale­mate with strug­gling Cam­bridge was “worse than put­ting pins in your eyes”.

There was very lit­tle to cheer about for ei­ther side in a woe­ful en­counter at a wet and windy One Call Sta­dium but the Stags man­ager has urged sup­port­ers of the club, some of whom were boo­ing at full-time, to get be­hind his side.

“I’m not go­ing to make out it was an ex­cit­ing game to watch,” said Mur­ray. “I won’t be watch­ing that game back and cer­tainly not with pop­corn and ice cream. It was worse than put­ting pins in your eyes.

“But I think we take that point be­cause it was one of those typ­i­cally tough League Two matches. This could be a re­ally good point come the end of the sea­son.

“There was a small per­cent­age of fans at the end who were boo­ing and I am not too sure why. We want ev­ery­one be­hind us. We were av­er­age and got a point.”

Mans­field, play­ing with a hint of swag­ger that a strong start to a sea­son brings, weren’t afraid to strike from dis­tance in the early stages – with Mitchell Rose go­ing close with a dip­ping 25-yard vol­ley. Soon af­ter­wards Dar­ius Hen­der­son found him­self a pocket of space but the for­mer Wat­ford man could only drag an ef­fort wide.

The hosts con­tin­ued to use a di­rect style to un­set­tle Cam­bridge and vis­it­ing goal­keeper Will Nor­ris pro­duced a fine save on 24 min­utes to deny Rose fol­low­ing strong hold-up play by Matt Green.

At the other end, Conor New­ton sud­denly tore through the mid­dle of the park only to be su­perbly tack­led at the last pos­si­ble sec­ond by Mal Benning on 31 min­utes.

Shaun Derry’s out­fit im­proved af­ter the break and came ag­o­nis­ingly close to break­ing the dead­lock in the 60th minute. Cap­tain Luke Berry skipped down the right be­fore de­liv­er­ing for the on­rush­ing, and un­marked, New­ton who side footed the ball wide of a gap­ing goal.

Mans­field al­ways looked a threat from set pieces and Rhys Ben­nett nod­ded over the bar from a Benning cor­ner on 71 min­utes. A dull af­fair was per­fectly summed up on 84 min­utes when Adam Chap­man, stood over a free­kick in a promis­ing po­si­tion on the edge of the area, but fired ter­ri­bly high and wide. A dis­ap­pointed Derry said: “I am not par­tic­u­larly happy be­cause I think we should have won all three points. “We were much im­proved in the sec­ond half, es­pe­cially in an at­tack­ing sense. “We are still build­ing as a team. It has been a slow start to the sea­son but ev­ery­one is work­ing hard to get that win. I think if we con­tinue to bat­tle and at­tack like we did, against a re­ally welldrilled Mans­field side, I am sure it’s not too far away.”

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