Murray calls on Stags to wise up
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.