Mansfield Town striker Danny Rose celebrated his ‘best ever’ goal as he put Mansfield Town into the hat for the Checkatrade Trophy third round with his spectacular late thunderbolt at Carlisle United last night.
It was his third goal in as many games from the bench and now he hopes his recent run of improved luck will see him get a first team recall.
Stags had thrown away a 2-0 lead at Brunton Park last night before Rose found the top corner to win it 3-2.
“I am speechless,” he smiled. “I just hit it from about 25 yards and thankfully it’s gone in the top bin.
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“As soon as I’ve hit it, it’s sailing about two yards over the bar, but I think the wind has took it in. I think it’s an own goal from the wind!
“I think 100 per cent it’s the best goal I’ve scored. I don’t really score good goals from outside the box to be fair, it’s a decent effort. It’s a bit of luck I’ve been having.”
The goal was sweet revenge for the Stags after their beating at Carlisle 10 days previously.
“We were hurting from when we got beat 5-2,” said Rose. “So to come here now and beat them 3-2 and go into the next round, it’s a great achievement.
“I thought we were comfortable at 2-0, then they scored from a cross and we were on the back foot.
“Then they’ve got the equaliser, but luckily I’ve put one away in the final minutes and we’re through to the next round.”
Rose must now wait and see if boss Steve Evans considers him fit and ready for a recall to the starting XI.
“I will continue to work hard in training and in games and, hopefully, as long as I am scoring goals and the team is winning I’m not really bothered what’s happening,” he said.
“We’ve had a good start and now we’ll take that into Saturday’s game against Colchester.”
Rose puts his current goals rush down to nothing more than luck and insists he is simply working as hard as ever.
“I’m not really too sure (why he is doing so well) to be honest,” he said.
“I am just coming on and working hard like I was before so I think it’s a bit of the rub of the green.”
On a possible recall, he added: “I’d like to think so, but I will continue to work hard in training and see what happens on Thursday.”
Rose admitted the prospect of a Wembley final in the Checkatrade does get the butterflies going in the stomach, but said: “We are still three games away from Wembley.
“We’ll take it game by game. We’ll look forward to the draw, see who we get and take it from there.”