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Swan: Akins’ cross was ‘perfect’ for winning goal

15 October 2022

Mansfield Town striker Will Swan lauded the assist from Lucas Akins as ‘the perfect cross’ as the 21-year-old bagged the winner to help Stags seal all three points against Walsall.

The Nottingham Forest loanee scored the decisive goal to extend Mansfield’s unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two to seven games.

And after the match, Swan was quick to praise his provider, Lucas Akins, who burst beyond Hayden White to whip in a left-sided cross for Swan to rise high and head home.

“The ball from Lucas [Akins] was inch perfect, there wasn't a whole lot I had to do,” said Swan, speaking to iFollow Stags.

“It was right between the two centre-halves. He made it easy for me just to jump up and head it home.

“I think I fell to the floor afterwards.

“Maybe I’m underplaying it [role in the goal] but it was a very good cross so I don't want to take away from that.

I think off the back of draws and what not at home, I think that was a really important one for us to get back to feeling confident playing at home, [like] the way we did at the start of the season.

“We’ve clearly improved our form away from home so yeah it was a big one.”

After starting the game on the bench, Will Swan replaced Jordan Bowery after 62 minutes.

When asked what he thought of the game from the bench, he said: “I thought we played the better football and thought we dominated the majority of the game.

“If we went 2-0 up in the first-half the game’s finished there and then.

“The goal they got gave them a massive boost [and] they got back into it a bit.

“Getting that goal late on just killed the game there and then.”

Following the final whistle, Swan was revealed the mood of the dressing room: “[We’re] buzzing, glad to be back to winning ways at home. 

I like playing here, the fans make it a fun place to play at, they never stop singing.

“It drives you on through the game when you’re tired or need a boost, it helps massively.”

Today's winner puts Swan onto four goals for the season and when asked if he was happy with that tally he said: “No, of course not.

“As a striker you’re always judged by how many goals you score and you can have a bad game, but if you score and win 1-0 nobody cares.

“I’m always trying to just score as many goals as I can to be honest.”

Swan made his first appearance this afternoon since missing last Saturday’s 1-0 win at Barrow due to illness.

“[I was] struggling a bit having been off for a number of days.

“It takes its toll on your fitness a bit but I’m working with the strength and conditioning coaches to get back to 100%.”


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