Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray believes his side got back on the winning track by sticking to their guns and “consistently doing the right things.”
The Stags go into Saturday’s League Two match against Wycombe Wanderers at One Call Stadium on the back of two wins — after going winless throughout September.
After a Checkatrade Trophy victory at Port Vale, the Stags defeated neighbours Notts County 3-1 in a thrilling local derby last weekend.
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“Obviously I was chuffed with the outcome and I felt overall we deserved the three points. It was another good strong performance from us, as we have in recent weeks,” Murray said.
“You don’t want to speak too soon as the game can be horrible at times. But you earn that luck by consistently doing the right things. We’ve done that. I felt when we weren’t getting that rub of the green we were still doing the right things.
“It was a lesson for me as, even though we tweaked little things that we felt got us back on track, we didn’t make major changes, which last season I probably did when we were chasing results a little bit.
“It as an interesting process to go through but the boys were always confident during that little spell when we weren’t losing games but drawing too many and not scoring goals.
“The boys believed in what we were doing and the message was, and is, keep doing what you are doing.”
Murray, whose side are now chasing back-to-back league wins for the first time this season, also thought the seven-match run, in all competitions, without a win was blown out of proportion by some supporters.
“It’s weird and you can’t explain it,” he said.
“But I get it and I totally understand it as I feel the same, sometimes as football people and football supporters you can’t see the wood for the trees so to speak – especially when you keep hearing a fat, bald manager saying we are playing well and performances are high, and you’re not winning every game.
“So the semi-blip was blown out of proportion to what it was in my eyes. But I’ve learned to deal with that in the environment we’re in. We’ll have these stages again — they happen, whether it’s two games or four games. It’s how you come out the other side.
“What I have learned in this game is that everybody wanted to speak to me and the players. I had four million texts, four million phone calls saying you’re the best thing since sliced bread. Two weeks later everyone wanted to kill me. There has to be a level of consistency and I don’t get too down or too carried way — that’s my learning curve. I used to run off and cry for four days when we had lost.
“We are doing our best — that’s all we can do. If that’s not good enough then I’ll get my coat.”