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Gaffer has raised the stakes - CJ

17 November 2018

Match-winner CJ Hamilton cited his manager David Flitcroft as the main reason behind his recent stellar performances.

Hamilton’s emphatic first-half strike ensured the Stags would stretch their unbeaten run to 14 games in all competitions.

His second goal in as many appearances helped overturn Port Vale at One Call Stadium and proved to be further evidence for his upturn in form.

The winger, whose goal also lifts Mansfield up to fifth in Sky Bet League Two, praised Flitcroft regarding the way he has nurtured him to become a better player.

“Ever since he [Flitcroft] has come in, he’s put his arm around me and tried to make me better,” he revealed.

“I think you can see on the field it’s making me better. He works with me on a lot of things during training, like shooting and crossing, and obviously you can see I’m producing it on the field now.

“I want to bring the club to where they should be and I want to do everything I can on the pitch.

"Ever since he [David Flitcroft] has come in, he’s put his arm around me and tried to make me better."

David Flitcroft, manager

“I try to leave everything out on the pitch and want to do my best.”

The 23-year-old left Vale ‘keeper Scott Brown hapless when he cut inside and unleashed a rocket that nestled into the far corner.

And Hamilton commented on his deserved match-winning strike, alongside his ability to drift into different positions as the game progressed.

“I’d say it’s better [than the goal against Charlton] because I’ve cut in on my left and put it basically in the top bins.

“That’s one of my favourites I’ve scored so far because I got everything behind it, and it came across me – it was definitely a good one.

“I don’t mind it [switching flanks during games]. I feel like I can get more out of it because defenders don’t know what’s going to happen.

“I enjoy switching it up and going down different sides now and again.”

The winger then touched upon his side’s forthcoming Emirates FA Cup first round replay against Charlton, as he believes himself and his teammates have nothing to fear.

“We’re buzzing about it,” he admitted. “We could have beaten them on Sunday but hopefully we can go down there and beat them.

“We don’t fear anyone this season.

“You can see from results in cup games already, like Accrington and West Brom, that we go and show no fear – so hopefully we’ll go down there and do the same thing on Tuesday.”

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