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Swan hungry for more goals

6 December 2022

Club News

Swan hungry for more goals

6 December 2022

Forward Will Swan is determined to increase his goal tally further after the Nottingham Forest loanee netted his seventh goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Colchester.

The 22-year-old restored parity for Mansfield on 34 minutes after climbing highest to guide his header into the top corner following Alex Newby’s opening goal for the visitors on 10 minutes.

And the frontman is targeting more as he aims to increase his goal tally further.

Speaking to iFollow Stags in a news conference this morning ahead of this weekend’s trip to Stevenage, Swan said: “I wouldn’t say I’m satisfied but I’m happy with having scored seven goals [so far this season]. You always want to be scoring as many [goals] as you can as a striker. [I’m] happy with the way things are going at least.

“Crewe away I think is my favourite goal [up until this point]. [It was a] good ball into me from Lawsy [Jason Law] and it was just a touch and hit [to find the back of the net].”

Reflecting on the win against Colchester, he said: “It was an important game. [We’re] happy with the result and to get back to winning at home.

“I thought we showed a lot to come back from being [1-0] down and I thought it was a good team performance.”

“It was a good cross from Elliott [Hewitt], so I don’t want to take away from that.

“I was watching it the whole way and I never thought the defender was going to get to it to be fair. I just tried to get it on target to be honest.

I haven’t scored many headers in my career to be honest. I’m not known for it but I’m happy to be scoring [with my] left foot [and] right foot [as well as scoring] headers.”

Stags travel to promotion rivals Stevenage on Saturday, who are riding high in second position in Sky Bet League Two.

Looking ahead to the match, Swan said: “We go into most games not worrying too much about the opponent. We like to focus on ourselves and how we’re going to win, rather than how we’re going to stop them. I’m sure it’ll be a hard game.”

Swan joined Stags in the summer on loan from Premier League side Nottingham Forest and expressed his enjoyment since playing in the amber and blue. “I think we just like to play football, nobody is selfish. We’re a very unselfish team, everyone plays for each other. 

“It’s working well for me, there’s a lot of quality. The full-backs Macca [Stephen McLaughlin] and Elliott [Hewitt] put good crosses in as well as Kell [Kellan Gordon] and having [George] Maris and Laps [George Lapslie] [in] behind [me] makes my life easier.”

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