MANSFIELD Town boss Nigel Clough was pleased with the way his side's pre-season programme ended, with a comfortable win at Oldham Athletic.

The Stags ended their summer schedule unbeaten, with four wins and draw from their five friendlies.

A 3-0 win at Boundary Park took their overall tally to 12 goals for and just one against.

And after turning a bad start around to achieve a top seven finish - missing out to Port Vale in the League Two play-off final last season, Clough believes the signs are positive as they prepare to mount another push for promotion in the 2022/23 campaign, which they begin at Salford City on Saturday

“We’ve had five good games. We’re very pleased defensively with the fact we’ve only conceded the one goal, a corner against Rotherham," said Clough, speaking to iFollow Stags.

“We’ve got away with a couple against Sheffield United, and we did again today.”

“We kept a clean sheet again and I thought we scored three very good goals.

“The main chances they (Oldham) had came through our mistakes - a little bit through fatigue - but it's good to get the final pre-season match out the way.”

And Clough was pleased with the impact his summer signings had.

“Will Swan looked very good,” he added. “Hiram Boateng, again, was excellent as was Christy Pym.

“The players that we’ve brought in have improved us and that’s the aim.

"The aim is to improve on last season’s achievements, that’s it.

"We made the play-off getting from second from bottom to Wembley.

“Hopefully, we won’t have that extended poor run and we’ll be there or thereabouts. I think we’ve got the squad to do that.”