Super sub Lee Angol claimed he was ‘over the moon’ after coming off the bench at half-time to score a brace and help Mansfield Town to a 3-2 victory over Yeovil Town this afternoon.
The Stags were behind at the break after Bevis Mugabi headed home for the Glovers but three minutes after making his introduction, Angol drew Mansfield level as he bobbled the ball home.
The home side went ahead once again when Francois Zoko converted a penalty just before the hour mark, before Kane Hemmings scored Mansfield’s equaliser with a penalty of his own after Angol’s well-struck free-kick hit a Yeovil hand in the wall.
There was nothing the wall could do about Angol’s next free-kick however as, in the 76th minute, he struck a brilliant effort in off the crossbar to give Mansfield the three points.
Speaking post-match, the forward expressed his delight at being the match winner.
“[I’m] over the moon,” he said. “The changing room’s all happy. We came from behind twice and again showed character all game. To win it, for me, I’m buzzing.
“Throughout the season it’s always a squad [game], it’s never just the starting 11 so you’ve always got to be prepared to come on and do your bit.
“We still work hard in training every week. We train for these moments, they don’t just happen so we just kept going to the end and today it was a good result.”
Angol’s free-kick taking ability had a big effect on the game, playing a crucial role in Mansfield’s victory, and the 23-year-old claims his skills are a result of hard work on the training ground.
“The first [goal] I scuffed it a bit but the most important thing was to get it on target. The second one was my favourite.
“The changing room’s all happy. We came from behind twice and again showed character all game. To win it, for me, I’m buzzing.”
“There’s never no luck, there’s always hard work. I do it on the training ground and then just put it on the pitch, that’s it.”
Mansfield heads may have gone down after going into the interval a goal behind, but Angol believes his goal early in the second-half, mixed with the Stags’ desire to make the Sky Bet League Two play-offs, inspired their second half performance.
“Time’s ticking, games are running out. We [knew] that Coventry and Lincoln could be winning so we had to look at ourselves and make sure that we’re giving our best and doing as much as we can to get the win.
“Sometimes it takes a goal for example for a team to get a lift and maybe it was the goal that I came on and scored that made everybody start believing again and just keep pushing until the end.
“We’re trying to get the play-off spot so we know that’s our target. Once we got the one goal, we all started believing, all got on the same page and just kept believing that we can make it.
“We can only go out there next week and not worry about [the other results]. Just give our best, get the three points and let the table worry about itself.”
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