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Lambe backed to boost attacking options

End product: Murray wants Lambe to start producing in the final third for Mansfield

Reggie Lambe has the ability to become a key attacking outlet for Mansfield Town this season if he can provide more cutting edge in the final third, Adam Murray, the club’s manager, said.

Lambe has shown plenty of promise for the Sky Bet League Two side, who have taken five points from their opening four games, with Murray now calling for the winger to elevate his game to the next level.

“I believe Reggie is a player that can have a big effect on this team,” Murray told the Mansfield Chad.

“We just need to iron a few things out and tweak a few things as, when we get in that final third.

“Reggie does have a lot of joy in there, although we need a little bit more of an end product. Reggie is aware of that.”

The 24-year-old was at fault for the equaliser that enabled Oxford United to rescue a point against Mansfield at the weekend.

Lambe gave away a penalty after a reckless challenge on Mitch Rose on the edge of the box, which was converted by fellow midfielder Kemar Roofe in the 58th minute.

Murray described Lambe’s moment of madness as out of character and said the player had to show greater composure when defending in his own area.

The manager admitted he had to apologise to rookie referee Ben Toner after watching a replay of the incident that showed that Lambe’s challenge was in the box.

“I apologised to the referee after the game on Saturday,” Murray said.

“I didn’t think at the time he had got the penalty right but, watching it back, he had, so I went to see him.

“It wasn’t like Reggie. He’s normally very cool and composed, but he turned into Jackie Chan for about ten seconds. It’s disappointing as we were in control of that situation. We’d dealt with the cross, which was a great ball, and then we go and make a rash decision like that.

“I haven’t got a clue what was in Reggie’s mind. I will be seeing him this morning just to go over the start of the season in general.”

Mansfield are away to York City on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Danté Leverock, the Bermuda defender, could not prevent Harrisburg City Islanders from suffering a 4-0 defeat away to Rochester Rhinos, who became the first side to clinch a place in the United Soccer Leagues play-offs at the weekend.

Harrisburg remain in seventh position in the table, one point behind Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the final play-off place with a game in hand.