Match-winner Danny Rose dubbed tonight’s 25-yard strike against Carlisle United ‘the best goal of his career’ as he catapulted Stags in to the last 16 of the Checkatrade Trophy.
The former Bury frontman cut in from the left-hand side and drilled a shot in to the top corner of the Carlisle net after the Cumbrians had drawn level with the Stags, despite Steve Evans’ men leading 2-0 at half-time.
And after scoring the incredible match-winning goal, the 22-year-old striker said the effort stands out as the best of his career to date.
“I’m speechless to be fair, I just hit it from about 25 yards and found it’s gone in the top bin,” Rose said.
“I don’t really score good goals so to score from outside the box is a decent effort.”
The Barnsley-born forward said he thought Stags deserved the victory and was pleased his effort secured a spot in the third round.
“I thought we were comfortable at 2-0 and then they've scored from a cross and they were on the back foot, and then they’ve got the equaliser, and luckily i’ve put one away in the final minutes so thankfully we’re through to the next round.
“We’re still two or three games away from the Wembley area final so we’ll take it game by game, we’ll look forward to the draw and see who we get and we’ll take it from there.”
Rose, who scored his third goal in as many games this evening, said his immediate aims are to continue working hard to a cement a starting place in Steve Evans’ Stags’ side.
“I’ll continue to work hard in training and in games and hopefully, as long as I’m scoring goals, I’m not really bothered with what’s happening, as long as the team’s winning.
“I’m just coming on and working hard, I think a bit of the rub of the green [is key to my goalscoring run], I don’t really score goals like but to score one like that, it’s a little bit of luck I’ve been having.”
Supporters can view Danny Rose’s post-match interview on Stags PlayerHD.