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Bennett: I'd swap my goal for a win

26 August 2017

After scoring the Stags' opening goal on his first start of the season in this afternoon's 2-2 draw with Luton Town, right-back Rhys Bennett admits he would happily swap his goal in exchange for three points.

The former Rochdale man struck midway through the first half to give Stags the lead, before striker Lee Angol's cool second half strike double the Stags' advantage.

Luton's front duo of James Collins and Danny Hylton got the Hatters back on level terms, before striker Jimmy Spencer missed an injury time penalty as Stags had to settle for a draw.

And 25-year-old Bennett admits he is 'bitterly disappointed' not to have defeated the Hatters this afternoon after bossing most of the match.

"I think I'd give you that goal back just to win the game. [We're] bitterly disappointed we didn't win the game.

"We had two chances to win the game; one being 2-0 up with less than 10 minutes to go and the other with the penalty in the last minute.

"We need to kill off teams, basically. If we don't do that, then we're going to see results like this again and again until we do.

"We need to learn from it and we will learn from it and it won't happen again. Obviously we're disappointed."

The former Bolton Wanderers man is in no doubt that Stags should have won this afternoon's match after dominating 'probably the best team in League Two'.

"We feel like we played probably the best team in League Two, other than ourselves, off the park for 85 minutes."

Rhys Bennett, defender

"We feel like we played probably the best team in League Two, other than ourselves, off the park for 85 minutes. We deserved to win the game.

"We're obviously gutted that we didn't win the game but over the season, if we work hard like that and defend better than we didn't in the last five minutes, we'll win games of football.

"We pressed them, we stopped them from playing and we looked like the better team. They're the positives to take but we need to win the game.

"Obviously our performance was great for 85-plus minutes. We showed that we can play the best football."

Bennett was named in the starting XI for the first time this season in Sky Bet League Two and Bennett believes it's important to take his chance to impress when he's given an opportunity.

"The gaffer's put together a great squad of players so when I get the chance to play, I'm obviously grateful and I just need to take my chance. I'm just a bit gutted that I wasn't part of a winning team today."

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