Mur­ray calls on Stags to wise up

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Liam Wood

MANS­FIELD boss Adam Mur­ray wants his troops to “stand up and be counted” af­ter they were beaten by Grimsby Town.

A penalty from Omar Bogle, who took his League Two tally to eight, set­tled the scores at Field Mill.

And Mur­ray ad­mit­ted after­wards that his team needs to be more street­wise.

He said: “We’ve got some big play­ers our side – let’s not get that wrong. I said in the chang­ing room after­wards that the big men need to stand up and be counted, be­cause we’re very naïve.

“I’m not go­ing to say it’s cheat­ing, but it’s the game. We had an op­por­tu­nity in the first half where one of our play­ers broke into the box. If he goes down, it’s a penalty. But in­stead he stayed up and tried to fight it.

“At the minute, we’re a lit­tle bit naïve in the fi­nal third.”

Grimsby man­ager Paul Hurst added: “We’ve def­i­nitely played bet­ter this sea­son but it’s been a long time com­ing, that type of 1-0 vic­tory.

“It’s not an easy place to come, against a team that have play-off am­bi­tions, so it was a great three points for us.

“With the penalty, there were some claims for off­side.

“I’ve not got a clue about that, but for me it was 100 per cent a penalty. If peo­ple are go­ing to dis­pute that, then they have got their bi­ased hats on. Omar [Bogle] kept his com­po­sure well and tucked it away.”

There were two changes in the Grimsby ranks – cen­tre-half Danny Collins made his de­but while mid­fielder Kay­den Jack­son re­placed fel­low Barns­ley loa­nee Shaun Tu­ton in the start­ing XI.

With less than five min­utes on the clock, Danny Rose forced James McKe­own into a rou­tine save, be­fore Mal Ben­ning sliced wide.

It took a fine in­ter­ven­tion from Collins to keep the scores level, while in the 13th minute Ben Davies cleared Rose’s header from a cor­ner off the line.

At the other end, in the 17th minute, Grimsby launched their first at­tack into Mans­field ter­ri­tory and it proved to be telling.

Bogle was brought down in the area by on­rush­ing goal­keeper Scott Shearer, and up stepped the seven-goal front­man to make it eight for the sea­son by send­ing Shearer the wrong way.

Ben Davies had to clear one off the line for Grimsby, while Rose planted a far-post header straight at the keeper, but for all their ef­forts the Stags just could not find an equaliser.

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