Murray full of praise for players after Mansfield Town hammer Notts County

Mansfield Town v Notts County.
Celebrations after Reggie Lambe makes it 4-0.
Mansfield Town v Notts County. Celebrations after Reggie Lambe makes it 4-0.

Adam Murray praised the desire of his players after their 5-0 derby day demolition of Notts County.

Mansfield held a nervy 1-0 lead at half-time after Matt Green put Stags ahead with his 15th of the season on six minutes.

But four second half goals, including three goals in 11 minutes, ripped the heart out of Notts to secure a memorable double and the biggest win over County in the club’s history.

It was nothing more than marvelous Mansfield deserved as they showed desire and energy to get forward at every opportunity and the clinical edge that County had so badly lacked in the first half.

Murray said: “This was a massive and deserved win for us and is one of the biggest in our recent history.

“It was a big occasion today because of who were playing and the size of the crowd. “It is a win that has been coming because our performance levels have been good recently.

“We stuck to the process today and it is no surprise that when we stick to the process things like

“They came back strong and pinned us back after we scored and we struggled a bit.

Match report - Stags 5 Notts County 0

“But once we got a foothold in the game there was only one team in it.

“We knew they would come out strong in the second half and I asked for more energy and more tempo at half-time.

“We had to be a bit braver and play a bit more on the front foot.

“The players did just that in the second half and we ran all over County. Our players have shown great desire to achieve and never give up.to They deserve great credit.”

Mansfield doubled their lead on 57 minutes when Adam Chapman hit home a scorching free-kick from the edge of the box.

It got even better for the home side three minutes later when Matt Green bagged a brace after getting goal-side and slotting cooly past Scott Loach.

Reggie Lambe made it 4-0 on 67 minutes after a super run and cross from Matty Blair down the right flank gave him a simple tap-in.

Mansfield rubbed further salt in the wounds with seven minutes to go when Mitchell Rose tapped home after Scott Loach spilt a shot into his path.

The defeat was Mark Cooper’s first since taking charge of Notts County.