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Stags had to 'dig deep' to beat Robins - Hamilton

20 January 2018

Two goal hero CJ Hamilton commended his teammates' spirit after Stags twice came from behind to record a brilliant 3-2 victory over Cheltenham Town at One Call Stadium this afternoon.

Despite twice going behind, Stags extended their unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two to seven matches thanks to a brace from Hamilton and a strike from returning frontman Kane Hemmings just minutes after being introduced from the bench.

It was an incident-packed encounter with three red cards – two for the visitors and one for the Stags' Hayden White – as well as Robins' boss Gary Johnson being sent to the stands following an altercation with assistant manager Paul Raynor.

And despite scoring twice, the flying winger deflected the praise away from himself and commended the Stags' resilience in today's victory.

"I'm still trying to register it in my head," said the former Sheffield United man.

"I'm happy to get the three points at the end of the day.

"[We had to] dig deep; the boys did and we got through it in the end after not the best performance by us but it shows we can dig deep and win these kind of games.

"With ten men each and they go and score a second one, [we thought] we'd done well enough to get ourselves out of it and go and win the game.

"We want to be pushing up that league, tell people we're coming for them and get into the automatic spots."

CJ Hamilton, winger

"It says everything [about our character]. We never give up, we always go to the final whistle, we always fight for each other and always dig deep.

"We want to be pushing up that league, tell people we're coming for them and get into the automatic spots."

After scoring the crucial brace, Hamilton is now aiming to add more goals to his game with the pacey wideman's brace marking his first goals in the EFL.

"Hopefully today is the start of many [goals].

"For the first one, Alfie's (Potter) done brilliant to beat his man [and] cross it in. I thought Lee Angol was going to hit it but he missed it and I just had to stick my leg out and it went in.

"[For the winner], the ball fell to Kane (Hemmings), I said 'overs' and luckily he moved out of the way. I could just see the tightest gap I could squeeze it through and I got it through there.

"Everyone always dreams of getting the winner in games and that was it."

Supporters can watch CJ Hamilton's full post-match interview by logging in to iFollow Stags.

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