BOSS Paul Cox says his Stags side should have put the game out of sight before Luton Town salvaged a share of the spoils at Field Mill on Tuesday night, reports Stephen Thirkill.
The Hatters grabbed an unlikely looking point when Will Antwi found space to get on the end of Jake Howells free-kick and place the perfect header past the despairing dive of Marriott with 12 minutes to go.
It had looked like Stags would pick up their first maximum points haul of the new campaign after the always dangerous Matt Green had fired them ahead with a rocket into the top corner on 26th minutes.
But Stags blew a number of good chances as they pushed forward in numbers throughout the second half as they looked to wrap up all three points.
Speaking after the game Cox said: “We missed some great chances tonight and should have had the game won. The players are working very hard and are putting in some good performances.
“I am gutted for them that we only have two points to show for their efforts in the last two games.
“I thought we were excellent at times. We played some very good football tonight against a team who is going to be right up there in the promotion chase this season.
“The front lads worked really hard again and that goal will do Green’s confidence the world of good. He has been banging them in in training and looking very lively.
“The lads were magnificent tonight and it is important that we continue to show the right attitude like we have done tonight.”
But, for the second game on the bounce, Cox was left to reflect on some poor defending which once again cost his spirited side dear.
“I thought Luton had run out of ideas and it was a sloppy goal to give away,” he added. “We knew Luton would be a threat from set-pieces and we worked very hard in training to prepare for that so it is very frustrating that we have switched off and conceded like that.
Mansfield Town will now be hoping to build on their last two outings and claim three vital point against Kettering Town on Saturday as they look to kick-start their play-off push.