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Stags safe, despite another defeat

Posted onPosted on 18th Apr
Stags safe, despite another defeat

Mansfield Town lost for the sixth time in seven games, 3-1 at Cambridge United, but results elsewhere ensured their survival in the Football League.

Keeper Sascha Studer was twice beaten by Sullay Kaikai from outside the area as the Stags, a goal down after just three minutes, rarely looked like getting out of the game.

Rakish Bingham pulled a goal to make it 2-1 in the second-half after they trailed by two goals at the break.

But Adam Murray’s side, looking tired after the vital midweek win over Tranmere Rovers, failed to find an equaliser before a late Cambridge third goal through Tom Elliott.

Afterwards the angry boss labelled some of his players selfish for their poor showing and promised a summer clear-out to bring in players who would show 100% committment.

He said: “I warned them that they could get their trousers pulled down today. I told them what could happen if they were not on their mettle. I told them the first 20 minutes would be massive.

“But it’s the story of our season. This group is not good enough in a lot of areas. Even when they were warned, they went through the motions.

“I’ve got to bite my tongue on certain things. It’s not right to criticise individuals in public and that will be done behind closed doors.

“But I will make changes this summer. I love this club and I promise I will put out a team next year that shows 100 per cent commitment.”