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Defender insists on improved finishing

6 October 2018

Defender Matt Preston says that consistent victories will come for the Stags but admitted that more chances need to be converted into match-winning goals.

The men from north Nottinghamshire were on the receiving end of a 95th minute equaliser against Bury when Nicky Maynard fired home his second of the afternoon.

This was the Stags’ seventh draw in 11 league matches thus far, despite playing some superb football throughout the campaign, also losing only once in that period.
 
Preston acknowledged both his own and the team’s frustration following the 2-2 draw at Gigg Lane, but remained positive as he believes the wins will eventually transpire. 
 
“I think [the wins] will come, it’s only a matter of time,” he began. 
 
“We won 4-0 last week so I think it’s just down to us as a team to take those chances, score those goals and we can kill the game off to deflate the opposition.
 
“We had a lot of chances it’s just not going our way at the minute. I’d say we had five one-on-one chances today that have to be goals. 
 
“I think we were unfortunate but like the gaffer says we have to be more clinical. We have to have that bit of finesse about us to put teams away. It’s a very frustrating time.”
 

"We had a lot of chances it’s just not going our way at the minute. I’d say we had five one-on-one chances today that have to be goals."

Matt Preston, defender
 
The 23-year-old - who scored Stags’ second goal this afternoon - also detailed what it was like inside the Stags’ heated dressing room due to the final score. 
 
“We’ve just had a heated argument in there [the dressing room] about what we could be doing – it’s very, very frustrating and we’re not sure but I think the scoring part’s got to improve for us.
 
“We already have the best defensive record so if we were able to score more then we wouldn’t have to defend that one-goal lead and we, instead, could sit on the halfway line with the ball.
 
“Just now there were a lot of people going at it but it’s 100 percent a good thing. It shows that people care and everyone does care. 
 
“The fact that we’re so frustrated is fuelling it so we’re not accepting it – we want to strive for excellence” Preston stated. 
 
Finally, the centre-half refused to shy away from his post-match feelings with the surrounding emotion an expected air of frustration. 
 
“It’s becoming a habit now and it’s really frustrating. We just had a bit of a discussion in there about what we could have done better and we’re very frustrated at the minute.
 
“I thought the goal that I scored would have been the winner but the last minute equaliser just deflated us. You can tell by the way I’m talking that it’s killed us but we’ll have to bounce back.
 
“We still have the best defensive record [in the league] at the minute I just don’t think it’s going our way in front of goal. We have to up our standards to meet the requirements of where we want to be.“
 
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