Forest loanee striker Tyler Walker left One Call Stadium proudly clutching the match ball tonight after his first half hat-trick spearheaded Mansfield Town’s sensational 6-1 win over League One bogey side Accrington Stanley in a Carabao Cup night to remember.
“It will probably go on the mantlepiece – I’ve got to get the lads to sign it now,” he smiled.
“I am really happy and enjoying my football. I’m playing with some really good players which helps and I am getting the service.
“I was doing my job tonight as I am here to score goals.
Walker coolly stroked home two penalties in four minutes after Stags had conceded an early goal against the run of play before flicking in a third just before the break
“A goal is a goal but the third was a good one,” he said. “To be fair I thought the last one by CJ Hamilton was a great team goal – probably one of the best I have seen.
“We did penalty taking yesterday so it’s not such a shock on the pitch. Obviously a penalty is a goalscoring opportunity so I am glad to take them both today.”
He added: “We have played really well against a League One team that did really well last season. We are buzzing to be in the hat for the next round.
“We have a really good team as we showed in pre-season against better teams. We’ve shown we can cut it and at home I feel whoever comes here we’ll give them a really good game.
“For the squad as a whole it’s a confidence boost but we can’t get too ahead of ourselves.
“We now have to forget tonight and look at Colchester, though we’ll take the confidence from tonight into Saturday.”