Manager Nigel Clough disappointed with costly Mansfield Town errors in Carabao Cup exit to Preston.

Despite a decent display against Championship opposition, Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough was left lamenting errors that cost two goals and Carabao Cup progress in tonight's 3-0 first round home defeat by Preston North End.

Tuesday, 10th August 2021, 10:42 pm
Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough.

“I actually thought we played better than Saturday at times tonight – it was just that final ball,” he said.

“But I was bitterly disappointed with the first two goals we conceded as both were avoidable from double mistakes and that's what changed the game.

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“Especially the first goal with 46 minutes gone as it was 0-0 and we'd been on top, had 10-12 shots thought not worked their goalkeeper enough, then we went and gave a soft goal away.

“You can't afford to give Championship sides with ex-Premier League players that sort of opportunity.”

He added: “Up until the second goal we were more than in it.

“But it was their quality and our lack of quality that proved the difference.

“We picked a team to win the game and I thought we had more than enough out there to do that tonight.

“But, whatever opposition you play, if you give goals away like those you can't win games.”