Mansfield Town defender Matt Preston is hoping that the Stags solid start to the season in defence can continue as they plot a course up the League Two table.
They’ve conceded just seven goals, joint fewest in the division, but languish in 16th place after failing to find the net as often as their rivals. They’ve drawn five game, only unbeaten Forest Green have drawn more with six.
Preston, David Flitcroft’s first signing as Mansfield manager, believes his personal performances have been acceptable.
“I feel like I’ve been playing well when I’ve been playing, and like you’ve said we’ve got the joint record for least goals conceded,” said Preston. “I feel like as a back three/back five we’re doing well, and I feel like we’re still learning. The more we play games, the more we learn, and we can get that record even better.”
He revealed the form is bittersweet as his form doesn’t match that of the side in general.
“I’m pleased but at the same time we’re displeased because we can do better, because all of us as a back three/back five believe we haven’t been opened up and had a goal scored against us, it’s always been a mistake or a lapse of concentration so obviously we can do better.”
Mansfield spent big in the summer, Tyler Walker being the marquee signing who should be playing in the very best side in the division, not one in 16th.
David Flitcroft might not be under pressure right now, but it won’t be far away unless they start to get themselves up towards the top seven.