Iron boss Paul Hurst was disappointed with the manner in which his side conceded two goals in the 2-0 defeat to Mansfield Town on Saturday.

The hosts capitalised on some poor Scunthorpe defending to record their first home win of the campaign and leave Hurst’s side rock-bottom of League Two.

Hurst cut a frustrated figure in the dugout as Preston slotted home CJ Hamilton’s cross at the back post to give Mansfield the lead having watched his side fail to take advantage of a lively start in which they dominated possession but failed to carve out any clear cut chances.

“I’m frustrated again. We were more than in the game for large parts. We conceded a bad first goal, having defended the first ball in”, he told the press.

The introductions of Kevin van Veen and Ryan Colclough did spark life into Scunthorpe at the break, but Rose doubled the lead nine minutes into the second half after taking advantage of indecision between Andy Butler and goalkeeper Rory Watson.

“We started the second half strongly and shot ourselves in the foot with a mistake. At 2-0, it’s a lot more difficult. We weren’t really outplayed.”

Hurst suggested that despite not playing well, the outcome of the game may have been different if his side were awarded a first half penalty claiming, “It didn’t look the most obvious of penalties but speaking to Abo, he said their lad admitted he caught him.”

The Iron boss added that his side must pull together ahead of the League Two clash with Morecambe this Saturday – a game the Iron will enter slight favourites against perennial strugglers on the ComeOn sportsbook.

“We’ve got to pull together. We’ve got to remain positive and take parts of performances and build on them”, he added.

Morecambe visit the Sands Venue Stadium in 20th position in League Two, but a draw at Salford last weekend will give the Shrimpers confidence they may have turned a corner having conceded 12 games in their previous three games.

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