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Four Stags’ stars make Team of the Season

26 March 2019

We are delighted to announce that Mal Benning, Krystian Pearce, Tyler Walker and CJ Hamilton have all been named in the Sky Bet League Two Team of the Season.

Current longest-serving Mansfield player Benning has displayed excellent consistency this season, adjusting brilliantly to his new-found wing-back role.

Stags’ skipper Pearce has been ever-present so far during this campaign, and has chipped in with three goals in Sky Bet League Two.

Top scorer Tyler Walker, on loan from Nottingham Forest, has also made the Team of the Season, having scored 17 goals in Sky Bet League Two this season, with a total of 21 for the campaign.

Winger CJ Hamilton has been a mainstay in the Mansfield lineup, and has displayed superb versatility, playing at wing-back, winger and striker this term. He also reached double figures for the season in our recent 4-2 win over Cheltenham.

Manager David Flitcroft said: “It [four players making the Team of the Season] represents a lot of hard work from the players and the staff.

“We’ve created an environment where players want to improve and want to get better. When I first came in, Krystian Pearce, CJ [Hamilton] and Mal Benning were in and out of the team.

“The distance covered for each of the players was really poor, and we knew we had to increase the numbers and stats.

“We made the players take ownership of that and we built the system around them to support that. It’s been for their benefit.

“I always believe in intrinsic motivation – making sure that a player is motivated every day to come in and work for Mansfield Town Football Club. That’s what we’ve seen with this group of players.

"It [four players making the Team of the Season] represents a lot of hard work from the players and the staff. We’ve created an environment where players want to improve and want to get better."

David Flitcroft, manager

“With Tyler [Walker] it’s a bit different. When we looked at his previous loans, they weren’t littered with the success that we felt they should’ve been.

“We told them we were going to offer him a home here and make him part of the family. He’s repaid that with goals and performances.

“You wouldn’t want to play against him if you’re a League Two centre-half, and he’s proved that all season.

“His attitude and application has been first class. But I think the biggest thing with Tyler is his commitment to the club and the loan.

“The lads have embraced him and he’s embraced the lads. He’s a player that you want to stay out with [on the training ground], teach them and make them better.

“That’s why they’ve been recognised. It’s massive for the football club to have four players in the Team of the Season.”


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