Ryan Hall shared his thoughts after a hard fought 2-1 victory away at Mansfield Hosiery Mills in the first round of the League Cup. Hall said: “I thought the game was poor all round. We didn’t play to the standards we know we can play to. I said to the lads in the dressing room that sometimes you have to grind results like these out, which can make your season. I can’t complain; we got the win and we’re still undefeated, so I’m happy for the lads to grind out the result, and fair play to Owen [Ryan] for coming on and scoring. “We’re going to get games where teams will set up with that flat back five, four in midfield and one up front and try and hit us on the break. As soon as Mansfield got heir tails up after the goal, they changed and went to a 5-3-2 and our lads didn’t adapt to the change. I thought at the start of the second half, we looked in control despite them creating some early chances. “Owen was unlucky not to start tonight. It was a toss-up with him and Regan Watkinson and we decided to go with Regan. I told Ryan before he went on to give us something, and he hit it from the edge of the box and it’s gone into the bottom corner; it was a class finish. “I thought the Under-18s that played tonight did well – they stepped up to the tempo of the game. They tried to match the lads in areas that they could and the age gap is massive. 3-4 years in football terms makes a massive difference but I think to be in and around the squad is a massive benefit for them.” With two games in quick succession, Worksop’s next focus is a tricky away league fixture at Derbyshire side Borrowash Under-21s and with several regulars missing tonight, Hall expects to have near-enough a full strength squad as the Tigers look make five out of their first five games. Hall continued: “We missed a few of the regular first team players tonight. Harry Holland, Aaron Sennett-Nielson and hopefully Joel Cousins will be back from injury. So hopefully we’ll have a full-strength squad, which will give us a few decisions to make over the weekend. It’s a quick turnaround with the game being on Monday. Borrowash had a good result last night so we will kick on to see what they are all about.” By Luke Atherton

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