Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox was philosophical after seeing his side pipped 2-0 in a very close game away to a Scunthorpe side, who played in League One last season, in today’s first game back in the Football League after a five-year absence.
“I think it is very very fine lines as we have seen today,” he said.
“I thought we bossed the first 30 minutes but ended up conceding a sloppy goal. Then we lost our shape and mindset and ended up at half-time 2-0 down.
“In the second half we missed a great chance when Ross Dyer should have scored his header and a penalty miss by Louis Briscoe – we probably had the best three chances of the game, including the one by Lee Stevenson after two minutes, which we should have scored.
“The lads also reckon the one that Ross put in was a perfectly good goal, too.
“You have got to take your chances when you get them. We could have come off the pitch with three goals and that should usually be enough to win a football match.
“We have got to grow up quickly and punish sides when we get the chance. We have to be ruthless at one end and keep clean sheets at the other.”
He added: “What disappointed me was that, when you go a goal down, you have to stay in the game.
“Scunthorpe were League One last season and hotly-tipped as promotion contenders, but I don’t think there was a massive margin between the sides and I thought we were excellent for 30 minutes.
“There are no panic stations. In my opinion the game looked pretty even – but goals win games.
“It is a long season and this result would be fundamental come the end of it. We have just to quickly understand this division and get to grips with it.
“Sam Clucas gave us another dimension up there and I thought Ollie Palmer looked lively when he came on.
“He is like a bottle of pop when he comes on and just explodes. He is young and raw but I think he is going to be a very good players and he will score goals for this football club.”