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Match winner gives credit to goal architects

6 November 2018

Striker Tyler Walker deflected praise onto his teammates after netting a second successive brace during the Stags’ 2-1 win over Grimsby.

Following Walker’s two-goal heroics to secure a vital point against Cheltenham, the youngster followed this up with another brace – this time to steal all three points against the Mariners.

It notched the on-loan striker’s tally to 12 for the season, with eight of those coming in Sky Bet League Two.

But Walker was quick to shift the plaudits towards his teammates as he indicated his goals would not have arrived without the help of others.

“With the ability of Jacob [Mellis] and CJ [Hamilton] everyone knows what they’ve got,” he began.

“They can put the ball in and, as a striker, it’s a dream when you get service like that.

“I couldn’t really miss, I just had to make the run and luckily enough I scored both.

“I don’t know how the ‘keeper made the save either [from Graham]. I thought when Jordan came on he was excellent. He’s a fantastic young player so I hope he does really well.”

"They [teammates] can put the ball in and, as a striker, it’s a dream when you get service like that."

Tyler Walker, striker

In a game that was largely dominated by David Flitcroft’s side, they fell behind courtesy of Mal Benning’s unfortunate own goal just past the half-hour mark.

And the 19-year-old recognised the changes made by the manager at half-time as they were the catalyst for an eventual comeback.

“We went 1-0 down in the first half and we shouldn’t have really.

“We had a few chances to go one or two-nil up but it was great character from the lads to come back and get the win in the end.

“The gaffer had words with us and let us know we’re better than that. I think second half those changes in formation meant we put more balls in the box,” he recollected.

“It’s credit to the squad, too. We’ve got a strong side with power on the bench so when things aren’t quite going our way we know that we can bring lads on that will help impact the game.”

The frontman also laid out his personal targets from hereon in as he looks to build upon the 12-goal platform he’s already built.

“I just want to score as many as I can to help the team – but [score] over 20 goals at least.

“I should have had three or four [tonight], definitely, but obviously it wasn’t meant to be.

“I’m just happy about the win mainly and about the five goals in three games so hopefully that can continue.”

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