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Potter rejoices over memorable night

13 February 2018

After scoring a fantastic hat-trick in our 5-0 drubbing of Newport County at One Call Stadium, flying winger Alfie Potter enthused that tonight was his best night in a Stags' shirt.

The former Havant and Waterlooville man was the star of the show, bagging a superb hat-trick in addition to strikes from top scorer Danny Rose and midfielder Alex MacDonald as Stags blew away their South Wales counterparts.

Potter's treble was his first career hat-trick and the 29-year-old insists it will be a night he'll never forget.

"It's certainly my best night in a Stags' shirt," said Potter.

"To score a hat-trick at senior level of professional football is something that will live with me. I'd have loved one goal tonight [but] to get three, it's been a great night for me.

"I've got a brace a couple of times years ago but never come really close to scoring a hat-trick. It's my first one [and it will] probably be my last."

Stags bounced back in style from Saturday's 1-0 defeat away to Swindon Town and Potter believes it was important to prove a point about their promotion credentials.

"To score a hat-trick at senior level of professional football is something that will live with me."

Alfie Potter, winger

"It was about proving a point tonight and we couldn't afford to go and drop points.

"Everyone was down after Saturday, we didn't do ourselves justice. It was a big game that we probably didn't perform as well as we should have done [in].

"I think you could sense from the first whistle we weren't going to mess about. [Newport are] a team that [are] in and around us fighting for promotion so to go and put them to bed after fifteen minutes just shows what we're capable of.

"We started on fire tonight. From the first whistle, there was a feeling about the place. Everyone felt on it. Even in the changing room before hand, you could tell the boys were up for it tonight and the gaffer made a couple of changes and it's worked.

"I think we've been waiting to put five past [someone]. We've been saying it for a while, it's a matter of time before we do.

"There were signs at Barnet that the goals were flowing but with the players we've got in the side, we should be doing that to some teams but to go and do it to a team of Newport's stature, it's a great night for us."

Supporters can view Alfie Potter's full post-match interview on iFollow Stags.

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