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Stags’ quality shone through in derby - CJ

8 December 2018

Winger CJ Hamilton believes that the Stags’ starting line-up produced quality from back to front as they emerged as 2-0 victors over Notts County.

Hamilton produced a man of the match display at One Call Stadium as he netted either side of half time to propel his side towards three points.

Beating Ross Fitzsimons with two expert finishes, his brace ultimately secured bragging rights for the Stags’ faithful.

Yet despite being the afternoon’s match-winner, Hamilton also praised the rest of the squad for their positive showing across all areas of the pitch.

“We moved the ball well and everyone was superb today,” he stated. “From Bobby [Olejnik] up to me and Tyler [Walker], the team was superb. We should have been three or four up easily.

“The team’s back to winning ways, too. We were calm on the ball and passing it round, hurting them with me and Tyler running in behind.

"The victory means a lot because we’re chasing the pack and trying to get in them automatic spots."

CJ Hamilton, winger

“We went in at half time and you always want to keep going, because if you let teams back into the game they can always get one and it becomes a cagey end.

“We said we’ll step on it and keep going to hopefully get the second goal – which we did.”

The 23-year-old produced a scintillating performance that saw him net his fifth and sixth goal of the season, but he refused to believe that there aren’t areas for improvement.

“I feel like I’m getting better,” he continued. “Some things I’m not so good at so I can improve, and there’s always room for improvement, no matter what level you’re playing at.

“Hopefully I can keep on improving and producing on the pitch.

“I’m happy to play anywhere as long as I’m starting and helping the team out.

“As I play further forward, though, I get the chances like you’ve seen today and when I’m in those positions it’s a lot more effective for the team.”

Hamilton also cited the work done by David Flitcroft and Ben Futcher as a catalyst for the Stags’ form and team spirit as he looked forward to an evening out with his teammates.

“Everything’s coming together from the gaffer and Futch; you can see it’s working on the field so hopefully we can keep that going to get promoted.

“The victory means a lot because we’re chasing the pack and trying to get in them automatic spots.

“It’s going to be a good night out. There’ll be a lot of team bonding before the Christmas period and it’ll be a good session for the boys.

“The team spirit is up there. Every game we win there’s more hype so it keeps on building.”

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