Adam Murray happy with Mansfield Town’s 1-1 draw with Carlisle United

Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray.
Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray.

Adam Murray says Mansfield Town’s 1-1 draw with Carlisle United will give his players a wake-up call.

Stags hit the front through a thunderous 30 yard-free kick from Malvind Benning on 29 minutes, before Jabo Ibehre levelled in first-half stoppage time with a calm finish.

The stags boss said: “There were plenty of new players who were looking to impress and there was a tension there during the first half.

“We made errors and put them on the front foot as as result, but to have played average and still get a point is pleasing.

“This result will give the players a wake-up call and let them know what League Two is all about.

“League Two is high tempo and intense and if you are not up to playing like that then you are going to get caught out.

“It was a poor goal to concede and there was a lack of understanding in the defence, but the partnerships will develop and we will gel as the games go on.

“As a team we can get better and this draw gives us a platform that we can build upon. “I was pleased with the willingness and workrate of the players to put things right.

“We wanted the three points, but it is good to get us off the mark with.”

Chris Clements twice went close to putting Mansfield back ahead in the second half, before Derek Asamoah failed to connect with Angelo Balanta’s cross on 76 minutes as both sides pushed for a winner.

New-boys Adi Yussuf and Matt Green both came within inches of giving the home side the lead in the final five minutes.

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