Stanley boss John Coleman admits his side were second best on the day following their 3-0 defeat against Mansfield Town.

Davis Keillor-Dunn, George Maris and Aaron Lewis were all on target for the Stage – the latter scoring an impressive volley from 40 yards.

“Mansfield were better than us on the day,” said Coleman. “There wasn’t much in the shots on target but once they got the first goal they upped their game and I can have no complaints.

“You can’t fault our lads for effort, they gave everything, but they were just misguided at times and we were architects of our own downfall.

“We have to take responsibility for our own mistakes. We have got to focus on where we can improve.

“We didn’t deal with the body blow of conceding the first goal, we were opened up too easily for the second and we gifted them the third, although it was a great finish by their lad.

“We weren’t that bad as, apart from the goals, our goalkeeper only had one other save to make and I was disappointed we did not score, we had chances. Sometimes teams are just better than you.”

The result leaves the Reds 15th in the League Two table, having taken 10 points from their opening seven games back in the fourth tier.

Coleman’s men are back in action at the Wham Stadium on Saturday, September 16 when they host Sutton United.