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Two-goal hero ecstatic after late equaliser

3 November 2018

Striker Tyler Walker labelled his late equaliser as an awesome feeling after it ultimately secured a point for the Stags against Cheltenham Town.

The Stags stretched their unbeaten league run to nine consecutive matches at the Jonny-Rocks stadium courtesy of Walker’s brace – who subsequently took his goalscoring tally for Mansfield to 10.

An expertly-taken header to open the scoring on seven minutes was followed up with a 93rd minute equaliser as the latter ensured his side would leave Gloucestershire with a point.

David Flitcroft’s side produced a much better second-half performance, in contrast to the first, and Walker noted his elation after netting his equaliser in the dying embers.

“We’re buzzing because we haven’t been beaten this week and we’ve only lost once in the league all season,” he began.

“Obviously we’re doing something right and today, [in the] first-half we came in 2-1 down so we weren’t pleased with ourselves or our performance.

“We came here to win and even though that didn’t happen to get something out of the game and go home with a point at least is a good job done from the lads.”

Tyler Walker, striker

“I thought second-half we came out and rectified that so we’re buzzing. You could tell it was coming and we needed it.

“We came here to win and even though that didn’t happen to get something out of the game and go home with a point at least is a good job done from the lads.”

Walker, on-loan from Nottingham Forest, took his tally to double figures for the season as he reflected upon ending his mini-drought in front of goal.

“I’m delighted to have got back amongst the goals,” he stated. “Obviously football can change in a matter of seconds.

“As a striker you try to score every game but sometimes that doesn’t happen.

“You go through spells where things don’t quite go your way but you have to work hard on and off the pitch.

“It’s my job to score goals and I want to score every game. I want to get the opportunities and put the ball in the back of the net for the lads and the team.”

The 22-year-old then deflected praise towards his teammates - citing them as the main reason behind his goalscoring record with Mansfield.

“It’s a team game and I can’t do that [score] without the lads. People like Mal, CJ, Mellis, Bishop setting me up it’s perfect for a striker so I just hope that can continue,” he said with belief.

“I want to score as many as I can for the team to make sure that we push right up the league.

“I’m just doing my job for the team so I’ll just keep my head down and keep going.”

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