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Match-winner ecstatic to open goalscoring account

3 December 2017

Hat-trick hero Jimmy Spencer was delighted to see his hard work pay off this afternoon as his three goals booked Mansfield Town's place in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup.

The 25-year-old opened the scoring in the 31st minute, heading home winger Paul Anderson's cross and he scored again in the 52nd minute, volleying a drilled pass from wingman CJ Hamilton into the roof of the net.

The former Plymouth Argyle striker then secured his hat-trick in the 66th minute, converting a penalty after he was hauled down in the box.

And after being forced to bide his time in Stags' colours, Spencer was visibly delighted to open his goalscoring account for the club.

"Personally it's nice to just get off [the mark], even a goal would have been nice so a hat-trick's even better," the Leeds-born frontman said.

"I've been working hard in training, I've been doing what's asked of me. I make those runs every week and sometimes they don't find you, sometimes they do. That's the easy bit, putting the ball in the back of the net.

"I've played games in the league here; I think that was only my third or fourth start. I make those runs in games and sometimes it just goes over your head or you just can't get there.

"[I was] bringing stuff down and winning headers and making runs in behind and everything just felt like it was falling into place.

"Today everything fell to my feet and I just put it in, apart from the penalty which I scuffed into the bottom corner, but I'll take that!"

Spencer will undoubtedly take the plaudits for his treble, but the former Notts County striker praised Stags' wingers Paul Anderson and CJ Hamilton, who both provided assists against Guiseley.

"Today everything fell to my feet and I just put it in, apart from the penalty which I scuffed into the bottom corner, but I'll take that!"

Jimmy Spencer, striker

"I'll mention CJ [Hamilton]; I thought he was brilliant and Ando [Paul Anderson] as well, his delivery for my first goal was just exceptional and that's what Ando's got.

"CJ's got the pace. He knocks it ten yards and can beat any full-back in this league, or in the country – he's quick.

"It's thanks to them really; I just had the simple task of putting it in the back of the net."

Guiseley were reduced to nine men by referee Carl Boyeson as left-back Darren Holden was shown a straight red card for a two-footed challenge on Spencer, before defender Chris M'Boungou was dismissed for two bookable offences.

And although Stags played against nine men for more than 30 minutes, Spencer believes Mansfield's dominance was evident whilst both teams were at full strength.

"Even when they had eleven men we were on top, we kept the ball well; we penetrated them in the right areas.

"[It was] really enjoyable. I think you could tell with the way the lads were moving about and passing the ball and keeping it moving and passing.

"It's nice when you get a one, two, three goal lead; you can relax a bit and things start to turn out better."

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