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Frontman hopes to build on Exeter performance

28 October 2017

Striker Kane Hemmings says Stags will 'take confidence' from today's 1-1 draw against Exeter City after dominating much of the encounter.

The Oxford United loanee put the Stags ahead with a close-range finish in the first half before Grecians' winger Lee Holmes rescued a point for his side in the 87th minute.

And despite recording their third 1-1 draw in as many Sky Bet League Two games, Hemmings believes Stags' dominant display will breed confidence going forward.

"[We were] by far the better team, we were on the front foot all game. You can see by the way we were playing," Hemmings said.

"I think once the first goal goes in, even before that, we were playing with a lot of confidence and on the front foot so we'll take confidence from the game knowing that we can go into games and we can dominant teams in that respect.

"We've had a lot of chances. I'm guilty of missing a chance and a couple of other chances that I probably should stick a way and see the game out."

"We'll take confidence from the game knowing that we can go into games and we can dominant teams in that respect."

Kane Hemmings, striker

Today's goal was the former Rangers' man's second in three games and he now hopes to increase his goalscoring tally.

"It means a lot [to score] because I've got high expectations of myself and I think it's fair to say I've not really reached that at the minute and scored the amount of goals [I expected].

"I thought I played well today. I thought I worked really hard and played well. Hopefully in the coming weeks there will be more performances and goals to come."

Hemmings had a great opportunity to double the Stags' lead in the second half when winger Alex MacDonald played him through one-on-one with Grecians' goalkeeper Christy Pym and the frontman revealed his frustration at not finding the back of the net for the second time this afternoon.

"When I've been played through, I've seen the 'keeper coming out straight away and I've just thought to myself 'get a good connection on it and get it round him and it's going in'.

"In hindsight, I should have gone round him to be fair but even at the time, I struck it so well, I struck it so nicely.

"I don't know what he's got on it and even then I'm thinking it might still trickle in but it wasn't to be in the end."

Kane Hemmings' post-match interview is available to view now on iFollow Stags.

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