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Defender heaps praise on fans after draw

18 March 2023

Club News

Defender heaps praise on fans after draw

18 March 2023

Defender Elliott Hewitt described today’s travelling support as ‘brilliant’ following Stags’ dramatic late equaliser at Stockport.

Over 1,400 supporters made the journey to Edgeley Park this afternoon as Stags grabbed a late point thanks to Lucas Akins’ stoppage-time header.

Just hours prior to kick-off, Elliott put pen-to-paper on an extended contract until the summer of 2025.

Speaking on the travelling support in Stockport, Elliott said: “They’ve been brilliant all season, they travel everywhere don’t they and hopefully they can stick with us until the end of the season now.”

Hewitt played a big part in Stags’ late leveller, with an outside-of-the-boot cross to Akins.

“It was definitely deserved I thought. We were all right in the first half but we really took the game to them in the second-half. We definitely deserved to get something out the game.

“I think I have more chance putting it in the right area with [the outside of] my right foot [rather than my left]. It was just about getting the ball in a good area and Lukey (Lucas Akins) has finished it off brilliantly.

“We’ve got a few strikers we wouldn’t mind it falling to: DJ (Danny Johnson) and Oatesy (Rhys Oates) and all that aswell. [Lucas’] taken it really well [and I’m] very happy for him.”

Nigel Clough made some adjustments at the interval in an attempt to claw themselves back level.

Speaking on the tactical changes, the defender said: “We had nothing to lose [at] 1-0 down, [we] changed formation but we’ve still got to make sure we do it out on the pitch.

“You could say that [changing formation opened the game up in the second-half]. I think we had chances in the first-half as well but luckily we took the one at the end to get a point out of the game.”

When asked if that late goal is a boost within Stags’ ranks, Elliott said: “[It] was similar away at Bradford wasn’t it [when Alfie Kilgour headed home a stoppage time equaliser]. We went on a little run after that so hopefully we can do the same again.”

The versatile defender penned a new deal until the summer of 2025 earlier today following his consistent performances during the 2022/23 campaign.

Speaking on his new deal, he said: “It was pretty straight forward [to make a decision on my future. I’m happy here so I was thankful to get the opportunity to extend it.”

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