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Midfielder encouraged by chances created in cup clash

10 August 2022

Midfielder George Lapslie believes the Stags created enough chances to add to their goal following last night’s Carabao Cup first round tie at home to Derby County.

The 24-year-old played 90 minutes in the match and despite a valiant effort, Stags bowed out of the competition, losing 2-1.

Despite a disappointing result, the former Charlton Athletic man produced an impressive performance and came agonisingly close to giving his side the lead when he rattled the bar in the 22nd minute.

Speaking with iFollow Stags, Lapslie assessed his side’s display: “We feel we created enough chances to win that game.

“In the start of the second half, we were definitely on the front foot.

“I think we showed that we more than matched them after showing too much respect in the first half.”

“It is good just to get 90 minutes in the legs and be out there with the boys again.”

When asked about his early effort that hit the woodwork, Lapslie said: “It [the ball] came at me quick, bobbling.

“My initial thought was to keep it down.

“I didn’t want to hit it that high. It could have gone anywhere.”

Lapslie praised his teammates and the squad after a third match of the season: “There is quality in that dressing room,” he said.

“It was good to see Galey [James Gale] who was out of the squad last week. He is a quality player.

“[I am] buzzing to see Kel [Kellan Gordon] back out there [on the pitch].”

“Obviously Swanny [Will Swan] has got quality.

“The squad is very good and very competitive.

“Especially in the midfield, with probably six midfielders [at the club].

“I’m relishing trying to get into the team.”

 


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