Crawley manager Harry Kewell was delighted with his side's display in today's 1-1 draw and felt they could have won it had they scored a second.
We just needed a bit more quality in the middle third. We knew exactly what Mansfield were going to bring,” he said.
“In the first 20-25 minutes we looked fantastic and we scored a beautiful goal, which even the home fans would have appreciated the style of.
“We looked controlling and positive. But they I think we just sat back a bit deeper and were playing balls that weren't there.
“If you give the ball away, especially against a team like this, they will just bombard the box as they have been doing all year. That's what they are good at.”
Kewell added: “We knew if we got a goal we could catch them on the counter.
“We had a wonderful opportunity to make it 2-0 and if we'd taken it the game would have been dead and buried.”
On their season overall, he concluded: “We should have gone so much further this season, but it's been a transitional period for us.
“We started the season slow, the middle section was excellent, then we've kind of tapered off. But it's all a learning curve for me and my players.
“Next year they already have an idea how I want things done and they will come back stronger and fitter.”