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Stags' winger believes manager has improved him

26 April 2018

Club News

Stags' winger believes manager has improved him

26 April 2018

Stags’ winger CJ Hamilton has said that the work he has done with Mansfield Town manager David Flitcroft has seen him improve as a player.

The speedy winger believes he has contributed more this season at One Call Stadium than he did during the previous campaign, and spoke of the extra work he has done with Stags’ boss David Flitcroft since his arrival at the club.

“I think it [this season] has been a lot better than the first campaign because I’ve done a lot more on the pitch, got a lot more game time and contributed to the team a lot more with goals and assists,” he said.

“I think in an attacking sense I’m always trying to pick someone out now, I’m looking up a lot more. Definitely [I need to work on end product], you see in games I’m not always hitting the right man so I need to work on that.

"Ever since he [David Flitcroft] has come in he wanted to work with me, we’re out there two or three times a week now just me and him."

CJ Hamilton, winger

“Since the new gaffer has come in he’s helped me so much, we do extra one-to-one sessions. He’s getting me to the byline and makes me pick out areas. He shows me which areas I should be hitting, and shows me the different options.

“Ever since he’s come in he wanted to work with me, we’re out there two or three times a week now just me and him.

“I think like most players, when you’re confident, you don’t even think about what you’re doing you just go along with it. Everything just comes off.

“Everyone wants to be confident, sometimes it comes out of nowhere – it can be a little thing in training or in a game and it comes.”

Next up for Stags is the long trip down to Huish Park to face Yeovil Town, who held onto their league status for another season with their 0-0 draw against Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday night.

The 23-year-old spoke of the test that the Glovers will have waiting for them at Huish Park, yet he is confident that if Stags take their chances, they will come back to One Call Stadium with three points.

“It’s a huge game and we’re all up for it. The boys know we have a chance of getting in there [play-off spot] and we want to get in there,” he said.

“It’s up to us now to do what we need to do, go down there and get the three points.

“We’ve been working on lots of different things [in training] like trying to finish off more chances because we haven’t been doing it in games.

“We need to be more ruthless in front of goal I think. We do well to get in the final third but then it’s that half-a-yard where we miss things or don’t really connect. If we put our chances away we’ll beat Yeovil.

“They’ve got quite a good team down there and they’ve done well all season. Everyone knows these [final two games] are two massive games so hopefully we can go down there [Yeovil] and get the result.

“Everyone knows we can still make it into the play-offs and hopefully with a bit of luck we can.

“I think we’re still there, but it’s a strange one. Because results haven’t gone our way, you think we’re not confident, but we still are. Just no luck is going our way at the moment.

“It’s to do with a bit of luck sometimes. We’ve been playing well in games but just haven’t been getting the results.”

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