Stags’ boss Adam Murray hailed his players’ attitude after his men got our League Two campaign off to a flying start, courtesy of a 3-2 win away at Newport County.
"I didn’t have to say much to the lads in the last ten minutes [of the game] – they were running to get the ball back in play.
Away from home on the first day of the season at Newport, a point would have been okay," said Murray, in his summary of first game of the season. "It wouldn’t have been the end of the world, [it would have been] a positive result. "We’re disappointed with the goals we conceded, but that will come with work and time. The main thing today was that we came out with a positive result. I’m chuffed to bits."
And whilst the Stags' chief was clearly delighted with maximum points, he insisted there is more to come from his charges.
"In pre-season, you’re not used to that. [In] Pre-season, there’s a lot of football played and you don’t see a lot of the ugly side. We had to get to grips with that at half time and change the shape a little bit to do that and I felt we got a foothold in it and scored some very good goals.
"In the first half, at times, they caught us out. They played at a very high tempo, quite direct and made us defend.
"The pitch was sticky at times and they put us under pressure and we couldn’t ‘get out’. We ended up getting rid of it as quickly as we could to take the pressure off the defence."
“They were awesome. It took us six hours to get here yesterday. It’s a long trip and we’re glad that we gave them something to smile about."