Kenny Black said there were positives to take following a ‘frustrating’ 3-2 defeat to Mansfield Town in the Checkatrade Trophy.
Scunthorpe were dumped out of the competition following the defeat, but Black was pleased that Funso Ojo and Stephen Humphrys came through the full game unscatched following their return from hamstring injuries.
“We are disappointed with the manner in which we’ve conceded the goals but certainly in a positive aspect we got 90 minutes into Funso Ojo, Stephen Humphrys and Andy Dales amongst others”, Black told the press.
“We kept monitoring Funso on the sidelines, and he felt okay. It was important to get him back tonight. We can train all we want but minutes on the pitch are important.”
Scunthorpe fought back from two goals down to pull themselves level in the tie with a few minutes remaining before Timi Elsnick won it for the visitors lobbing the ball over Iron ‘keeper Jon Flatt, something that disappointed the Iron’s management team.
“We’re in this game to try and progress if we can. There were positives but at the end of the day we were just a few minutes away from qualifying”.
Black was also pleased with the performance of debutant Yasin Ben-El Mhanni, who scored one and set up another in the second half.
“Yas had an impact and showed decent ability.
“He tired, which is understandable because he’s not had a lot of football recently, but he made a positive impact in the game and he was one we were pleased with. He will take a lot out of the game as well.”