STAGS winger Adam Smith thoroughly enjoyed his night as he scored in a 5-0 win over his former club York City at Field Mill last night.
Smith dipped an unstoppable finish over Michael Ingham in the York goal to set Stags on their way and City didn’t help themselves when Jonathan Smith got himself sent off before the break.
“It is always nice to get three points but when they are against your old pals it’s even nicer,” he smiled.
“Once I had taken the defender the only thing in my mind was to get in on goal and get a shot off.
“Mike Ingham couldn’t get near it. He says it was a cross but I let everyone know it was a shot.
“If the game had been against anyone else I probably would have crossed it hard and low. But I thought I have go to get one to wind the lads up with later on. I don’t think they will be picking up their phone calls for a bit.
“It was written in the stars wasn’t it? I was pretty nervous before the game but it turned into a great night.”
Smith continued: “We played some great football and I thought Kyle Nix was absolutely fantastic today. He kept it ticking for us. And got us playing throughout the team. It was good to be involved.
“We are good footballers here and we like to get on the ball and keep it moving.
“Saturday’s game with Eastbourne is massive now. There is a real buzz about the place, even after the defeat at Newport which was another great performance.
Assistant boss Duncan Russell said: “Adam took some ribbing from his old York team mates before the game for his picture on the front of the programme. But that was the perfect way to answer his critics.
“What a strike! It was a wonder goal, and the boy deserved it.
“That was exactly how to play against 10 men - find the spare people and play through them.
“After Saturday’s defeat I thought the players were brave to bounce back like that and play football.
“We have worked really hard during the week and we set out stall out to play football the right way for the fans and everyone in Mansfield.”
He added: “The fans were superb tonight, it was good to hear them singing, especially after Saturday.
“It doesn’t happen very often that you get five different goalscorers and I think we could have had another couple of goals too.
“No disrespect to York at all but before we were bossing the game before the sending-off. The midfielders were dominating the areas as we’ve worked on and we looked solid.
“It was important we kept a clean sheet too as the lads worked so hard. If the game goes to 96 minutes you have to make sure you are alive for 96 minutes.”
Steven Istead and Kyle Nix shook off injuries to play last night and Istead, as well as goalscorer Rob Duffy, were taken off early after getting yellow cards.
But Nix ended the night with a calf problem and the club will be hoping it was cramp rather than a pull or tear.