Mansfield Town can still bag the goals without injured Liam Hearn, says Adam Murray

Adam Murray -Pic by: Richard Parkes
Adam Murray -Pic by: Richard Parkes

Matchwinner Adam Murray believes Mansfield Town can still bang in the goals, despite losing star striker Liam Hearn to injury.

Summer signing Hearn has been ruled out until after Christmas with a cartilage injury picked up during his full debut against Sheffield United in the Capital One Cup.

Mansfield shrugged off the setback to defeat Oxford United 2-1 on Saturday and pick up their first win of the season.

And Murray, who struck in the 88th minute against his former club to seal the win, believes Stags can still beat last year’s tally of 49 league goals without their star man.

“Losing Liam Hearn is a blow, but we have got to get on with it,” said Murray. “We are right up there with teams that get the ball in the box and in the channels and we will still cause trouble.

“We have got good strikers at this club and have got what it takes to score. Getting that first win is nice and will help settle us down.

“The boys have worked very hard to get the points today. After our previous two performances we knew there was plenty to build on and it is great to get the win at last.

“On a personal level it was sweet to score today, I have been working hard in pre-season and am glad it has paid off.

“I was brought on to shore things up in midfield, but I am comfortable in the opposition box and it is an area I can develop if that is what is required.”

Mansfield had taken the lead on 39 minutes when defender Ryan Tafazolli fired into an empty net after Chris Clements’ free-kick had cracked the post and fallen into his path.

Substitute Danny Hylton scored from the spot to equalise for the visitors after he had been fouled by Tafazolli on 78 minutes in one of their few attacks up to that point.

But super sub Murray, who had been on the pitch for just three minutes, drilled a fierce effort from 16 yards low and hard past George Long to deservedly wrap up the points.

Mansfield Town face Newport County at home on Tuesday night as they look to make it two wins on the bounce.