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Back to our best in win, says CJ

23 February 2019

Winger CJ Hamilton believes that Mansfield had turned back to their normal selves following an impressive 1-0 victory over Forest Green Rovers.

Hamilton, who was stationed at left-wing back, was a constant threat for the home side throughout Saturday’s affair.

The first half ended as a stalemate, but Mansfield sealed all three points midway through the second period courtesy of Tyler Walker’s header. 

And Hamilton reckons that his side returned to their usual ways after a disappointing fortnight prior to this afternoon’s win.

“Everyone’s turned back to their normal selves after the last two games,” he admitted.

“We weren’t really there so we’ve put ourselves out to make sure we’ve done well against a very good team.

“First-half we were different class, too. Everyone was running, pressing and making angles for each other and you could definitely see that in the first half.

“The boys have put a lot of work in training this week – different parts of the game we’ve been working on with the gaffer and Futch which has paid off today.”

The 23-year-old also paid credit to Rovers’ footballing style but conceded that the Stags were able to halt any chance of them putting their stamp on the afternoon’s clash.

“Forest Green have got one of the away records in the league, like us, and they’re a very good team.

“You can see that from when we played them away, so to do what we did in the first half and get the victory in the second is very good.

“The boys have put a lot of work in training this week – different parts of the game we’ve been working on with the gaffer and Futch which has paid off today.”

CJ Hamilton, wing-back

“They also like to play football like us but we didn’t let them play the football in the first half as you could see.

“Second half they didn’t really have much going at our defence. We had a lot of chances that we didn’t finish but obviously we got the goal and got the three points.”

Hamilton cited the victory over Mark Cooper’s side as a massive win, while wanting to build upon the three points against Cheltenham Town next Saturday.

“It was a massive win today, coming after back to back defeats we needed to bounce back and get the three points to put the pressure on the top teams.

“It’s all about getting another win on Saturday now, though.

“It gives the boys another boost and we’ll go out next Saturday with the same mentality to get the three points again.”

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