Mansfield Town assistant manager Adam Murray calls on fans to give the team ‘strength’

Stags 2012-2013''Adam Murray
Stags 2012-2013''Adam Murray

ASSISTANT manager Adam Murray is urging Mansfield Town’s fans to give the club their full backing.

The plea follows the recent angry criticism directed at the players and Stags boss Paul Cox after the club lost their first two games of the season with below-par performances.

The frustration was most visible on Saturday when a section of the travelling Mansfield Town fans directed chants of ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’ at Cox after striker Matt Green was subbed.

Speaking yesterday Murray said: “The boss has taken a lot of criticism and I find it sad and rather sorry that people are questioning the decisions of the man who has turned this club around. He has put the club on the map.

“After what he did for the club last season, the boss has earned the right to have the trust of the fans.

“The boss was a bit upset by the criticism, but he is a big man and will get on with preparing the team for Saturday.

“I have my opinions and the fans have their opinions, but what we do not want is a them and us mentality. We want the fans to stick with us every step of the way.

“Last season they played a massive part in our success and they were our strength. We want that unity to stay this season.

“After the first two games we made selection decisions for Saturday. We picked a team that could do a job, it was a horses for courses team.

“We went to Kidderminster to steady the ship and we did that. Getting three points is always important and this win gives us a foundation to build on.

“What was also important is the fight and unity, which we showed on Saturday. That is something we lacked in our opening two games.

“To win any football match you have got to first win the battle.”

Stags won the game 3-2 thanks to Matt Green and a brace from Lindon Meikle in a performance which seemed to show that Mansfield were returning back to their best.

Paul Cox opted to make four changes for the game, with Rhead, Sutton, Dempster and Todd all coming into the starting 11.

And it is such squad strength and versatility that Murray believes could prove crucial for Stags over the course of such a long season.

“At times last season the squad just picked itself, but that is not the case now,” said Murray.

“We have excellent competition for places now and can select teams to face different types of opposition.

“We have got a big squad for a reason, it is going to be a long season.

“Every club that gets promoted has got to have a competitive squad. Players know they need to be at their best or they could be dropped from the team.”