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Flitcroft ‘Proud’ of youngsters First Team Emergence

19th July 2018
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Flitcroft ‘Proud’ of youngsters First Team Emergence

Mansfield Town boss David Flitcroft says he is ‘proud’ of the way the club have brought together the Academy and first team, following yesterday’s 3-1 win over Derby County.

Academy graduate Jordan Graham opened the scoring for the Stags in the second half, whilst youngsters Lewis Gibbens and Nyle Blake were also involved in the 3-1 victory over Frank Lampard’s Championship stars.

Flitcroft said “What we achieved in Portugal in bringing the Academy and First Team together, I’m really proud of the club that we’ve been allowed to go away together and watch the experienced players embrace a group of young players. I’m delighted with how the players have represented the football club.

“Jordan [Graham]’s aggressiveness to go and close the keeper down and score as he did, I think he was surprised by that, I’m absolutely delighted with both sets of players – there’s a real depth to this squad.”

The Stags played two sides over the course of the evening with only Will Atkinson getting a full 90 minutes, Defender Nathan Cameron also continued his trail with the club but was taken off injured

Flitcroft added “Nathan Cameron showed why he’s here and why we are looking at [signing] him, He put his body on the line, he’ll throw his body infront of anything to get a block in to not concede a goal, he values his team and team mates – I’m not sure on the weight of the injury.”

Mansfield’s pre-season preparations continue on Saturday when they face Sheffield United at the One Call Stadium, 3pm, Speaking on the Blades, Flitcroft said “It’ll be a tough test, it’ll be different in the way they play but we are going to encounter different styles and ways that teams will play next season, that’s what you try and build a pre-season program for.”  

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