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Defender reflects on debut defeat

4 October 2014

Young defender believes we could have snatched points in defeat to Stanley.

Defender Kieron Freeman believes our team created enough chances to take something from today’s game with Accrington Stanley at One Call Stadium.

The Reds continued their 100% record under new boss John Coleman with a 1-0 victory courtesy of an early spot-kick from Luke Joyce – awarded after Sascha Studer brought down an opponent.

Speaking afterwards, the 22-year-old said: “We started slowly and gradually got into the game. We had the most chances in the second half and it was just one of those days.

“I don’t know why [we started slowly]. It’s just football and it happens sometimes.”

Freeman, who joined us on loan from Derby County yesterday, felt he should have been awarded a penalty early in the first half, before Stanley were given one.

“From where I was I didn’t think it was a penalty [for Accrington]. I’d have to see it again,” said the youngster.

“I’d originally gone down for a penalty [at the other end]. I got the ball in front of [their player] and as I’ve gone to get the ball across, he’s taken me and then took the ball as well.

“But the referee didn’t think that one was a penalty and that’s what matters.”

Reflecting on what he hopes to achieve between now and the New Year, when his loan with us expires, Freeman added: “It’s nice to be back here and there are a few faces that I remember.

“Today was my first league game in about four months and I’ve only played two or three 90 minutes in the last four or five months, so it was tiring, but it’s nice to get some game-time.”

Kieron Freeman’s post-match interview will be available on Stags Player later. To subscribe, click here.

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