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In-form frontman enjoying hectic run of games

28 December 2017

Frontman Kane Hemmings is hoping to extend his good run of form as the busy festive period continues with two games in three days against Wycombe Wanderers and Carlisle United coming up.

The Oxford United loanee has scored three goals in his last four games as he continues to show why boss Steve Evans swooped to bring him to the club in the summer transfer window.

And as the game continue to arrive quickly, Hemmings hopes to continue his purple patch in the Stags' team.

"I enjoy this period," said the 26-year-old. "There are a lot of games that come thick and fast so it's always an enjoyable period to be involved in and it can, at times, make or break your season.

"I think I've been playing well. Against Morecambe on Saturday, I'd like to think I played really well in the short time that I played.

"I wasn't involved as much at Grimsby but I was always there or thereabouts. I was making a lot of runs and the ball wasn't quite falling but that's how it is.

"I think I'm playing alright at the minute, I think I'm playing well and I've scored a few goals now so hopefully I can keep that going.

"I think I've been playing well. Against Morecambe on Saturday, I'd like to think I played really well in the short time that I played."

Kane Hemmings, striker

"As a striker you always get judged on goals, I don't think it matters at all how you play really.

"Although I feel like I did play well for long spells, I didn't get that goal and that's ultimately what you'll be judged on but now I think, in the latter few months, I've scored a few goals and it makes all the difference.

"I was just disappointed not to get the goals within so many games but once obviously the first one came, they've seemed to come since then."

Looking ahead to Saturday's trip to fourth-place Wycombe Wanderers, Hemmings said: "It's definitely a physical test. Going to somewhere like Wycombe's not going to be easy, they're going to put it on you. It's going to be a physical game and probably a high tempo game as well.

"I think [Wycombe] have shown they're a very strong team over a number of years. Even when we played them out here [One Call Stadium] earlier on in the season, it was a tough game and they come here and they put it on you and they work hard so we're under no illusions what we're going to get going down there.

"They get it in to the strikers, they've got big men up there and they've got a lot of running power off that as well. They've got good players to back it up.

"They're a very strong, physical team. Not many teams will match that to trounce them so you need to go there, you need to understand what you're up against and just look to counter and impose your own game on them.

"If we can go there and play good football, I'm sure we can get a good result."

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