Date: 24th March 2015 at 12:23pm
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Manager Adam Murray has said Mansfield conspired to beat themselves in the loss to Hartlepool at the weekend.

Speaking to the Official Site following the match Murray was adamant our own mistakes and sloppy play led to the one nil victory.

Playing the final half hour with ten men following Junior Brown’s red card wasn’t a help either.

‘We beat ourselves. In the first half, we dominated. We knew that we would wear them down and that chances would come, but you can`t start the second half and two minutes into it give away a penalty and then go down to 10 men because it makes it even more of a struggle. We knew coming here that it was going to be a really tough game and we made it even harder for ourselves.’

Murray goes on to say that even at one nil down and down to ten men he felt we still had chances to at least take a point from the match, but we didn’t do the basics right and the quality and composure was off.

‘We shot ourselves in the foot today.’

With Brown’s red card, the gaffer confirmed immediately post game that he would be looking at replays before deciding on whether to appeal the decision or not and he confirmed the referee said he’d have another look at the incident before typing up his report as well.

‘He`s obviously not gone to hurt the player. He`s gone for the ball and the lad`s head is down. Intentionally he`s not gone to do what he did and the referee has said that he`ll have a look at it, so hopefully he`ll show some common sense because it was a tough one to take.’

Having said all that, and commented that he needed to see how it looked because obviously that would be what a panel looked at themselves, the club have decided against appealing after reviewing the footage.

25 year old Brown therefore begins a four game ban and will come back into contention for the game against Tranmere Rovers in mid April.

Brown gets the four games owing to his red card earlier in the season, the League Cup game against West Bromwich Albion.

‘We haven`t really got any complaints on the incident. It looked a lot worse than it was and Junior isn`t that kind of player or person to go in and intentionally hurt somebody, but their lad`s head has gone down, Junior`s foot has gone high and the collision has happened. We`re obviously ridiculously gutted with the four-game ban. It`s a massive loss for us, but we`ve got enough players in the squad that can come in and do a job.’

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