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Stags relentless in sensational win - Mellis

19 April 2019

Midfielder Jacob Mellis has labelled Mansfield Town’s all-round performance as ‘relentless’ following a 4-0 victory over Morecambe at One Call Stadium.

Mellis opened the Stags’ account on Good Friday with half an hour on the clock courtesy of a smart strike that left goalkeeper Barry Roche rooted to the spot.

CJ Hamilton, Krystian Pearce and Mal Benning added to Mansfield’s tally in the second period to ultimately place the result beyond any reasonable doubt.

And the midfielder, who produced a superb individual performance, was quick to praise his teammates who never seemed to let off the gas.

“We were relentless,” Mellis divulged. “I was pleased with my performance and the boys were all on it.

“When we’ve got 11 players and substitutes playing like that I don’t think anyone in this league can beat us.

“It was perfect weather and a perfect performance. Four goals and a clean sheet – perfect day.

“We had wave after wave of attack and their ‘keeper had a great game, I know he let in four, but he’s had a great game."

"We were relentless. I was pleased with my performance and the boys were all on it."

Jacob Mellis, midfielder

The 28-year-old believes that the Stags’ latest victory in Sky Bet League Two sent out a statement as they now head into their final three games bursting with confidence.

“It’s a massive step. We wanted to kick this weekend off with three points, send out a statement, and that’s what we’ve done so now we go to Oldham full of confidence.

“To be honest, the week we had in training was of high standard, the boys have been buzzing, and you could see this coming.

“Like the gaffer says: you take what you do on the training pitch onto the field and we’ve proved that today.

“You see [Krystian] Pearce going mad when he scores; it means everything. The boys in the Team of the Season, everyone’s buzzing for them, I don’t think I’ve ever been in a team where everyone’s so happy.

“Nobody cares who scores or assists, we just all want to win for the club and the Chairman who’s put a lot in.”

The Stags’ number 8 also revealed that he sensed he would notch his fourth goal of the season this afternoon – following a profitable week in training.

“I’ve been scoring a few goals this week in training, so I had a feeling I was going to get one,” he continued.

“I said to Zayn [Hakeem] before the game: ‘I’m going to score’ so I’m just happy to be on the scoresheet.

“More importantly, though, it’s about the three points and we keep on going.

“It was a great little cutback by Mal, I knew the defender thought I would take it across my body so I tried a little snapshot through his legs which found the bottom corner.

“I know it might sound funny, but I prefer to assist. Ever since I was younger I’ve been unselfish even though Futch got onto me at the start of the season about shooting more.

“I’d say the assist that boosts CJ’s numbers is good. A little turn in the middle of the pitch, and when you’ve got CJ’s pace you don’t have to be too accurate.

“You can just put it in-behind and he’s done the rest with a great goal.”

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