White swaps nappies for three points as he returns to Mansfield Town fold

Hayden White
Hayden White

New father Hayden White was delighted to get back into the Mansfield Town side today and help them finally chalk up a win after four draws in a row.

After a tiring two weeks which included the birth of his daughter and a problem with a tight hamstring, he returned to play a key role in today's 1-0 home win over in-form Carlisle United that maintained Stags' unbeaten start to the League Two campaign.

“We have been playing well since the start of the season but we knew we needed to start turning draws into wins. So I am just happy we were able to do that today,” he smiled.

“It could have been five, six, seven today. On another day we won't have that many chances and we'll score three or four. But the win is the most important thing.”

Once again Stags came under late pressure but, unlike the last home game, saw it out for a priceless clean sheet.

“Last time here we saw it can go the other way it was really nice to see it go our way,” he said.

“But it's not a shock to see how well we're defending as that's how we are training.

“It's still early days. We are playing really well and as the season progresses we can only get better.”

White said the arrival of his daughter' was not affecting him too much at the moment.

“I'm feeling really good,” he said. “Obviously I had a few issues at home last week – all good issues - and sleeping on hospital beds isn't the best thing for a footballer. But I felt good today.

“The missus has been the one getting up in the night so I've not been too disturbed.

“It's been good and the gaffer and staff have supported me all the way through it which I am very grateful for.”