STAGS: Murray agonises over late Yeovil winner

Colin Daniel in action against Yeovil.  Photo by Steve Uttley
Colin Daniel in action against Yeovil. Photo by Steve Uttley

Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray lamented Yeovil Town’s ‘smash and grab’ 1-0 win that saw Stags miss out on a great chance to get back

into the play-off places on Saturday.

With 0-0 written all over the game, Yeovil defender Ryan Dickson bagged his second goal in as many games in stoppage time at the end to break home hearts.

With other games going Mansfield’s way Murray admitted it was a chance wasted and said: “I am utterly, utterly disappointed. I think that was a perfect smash and grab from them and their captain just came off and apologised.

“To say we are gutted is an understatement. We have put ourselves in a position where if we are not going to be ruthless in the final third or make better decisions, you have to defend life or death to 94 minutes.

“We had more than enough chances, but if you don’t take them you’re always liable to a sucker punch as we were today.

“We have something like 12 or 13 efforts and they have to be goals, we’ve had glorious chances. That’s the way it goes. You can’t make decisions for people or play the game for them.

“That is why at the minute we can’t make that next step.”

He continued: “We do ever so well, but that final step is a bit too big. We just have to keep working hard – we can’t pull a rabbit out of a hat. We are what we are. We are doing what we can.

“We never really felt under threat today and we got in their final third loads of times and had nothing at the end of it.

“Overall generally we played well to create so many chances.”

Murray said anyone thinking Stags should beat a side like Yeovil in the relegation battle should think again.

“The arrogance of it is that some people might feel all we had to do was turn up, as they are where they are in the league, and beat them.

It doesn’t work like that,” he said.

“They have only lost two in 11 or 12 because they are a good team, the new manager has done a great job.

“Why should we beat them? We are Mansfield Town. We’re not Portsmouth.

“If we want to be a successful team, we have to be ruthless.”

Murray admitted Stags had to take chances like today to get back into the top seven, as chances were fast running out.

He said: “We are only going to get so many chances at this and there were a lot of draws today.

“Today was an opportunity missed which is heart-wrenching. I feel like

crying to be honest.

“Win and we were back in the play-offs as other results went our way.

“We have to do our job or we won’t get back up there.

“We looked a bit cagey at times, I don’t know if it’s pressure. But players look nervous. We have to go out and play – we’ve got nothing

to lose.

“It’s make or break time now – but we still do have an opportunity.

“It’s a run of games against sides in the top seven now which is tough – but beat them and you’re in the mix.”