Mixed emotions for Dyer

Stags striker Ross Dyer, who missed the whole of last season with a serious knee injury, had mixed feelings after bagging his first goal in the Football League but ending up on the wrong end of a 5-4 scoreline at Fleetwood Town.

Dyer came on as sub and notched a close range finish on 89 minutes which tied up the game at 4-4 and looked to have stolen an unlikely point until the Cod Army won it with a stoppage time penalty kick.

“Personally I was delighted obviously,” said Dyer. “It’s been a long road back for me from injury last season, then starting this season before ending up in the stands.

“I have been out on loan, scored goals and feel fresh.

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“The gaffer threw me in and I thought we did well coming back. So to concede so late on was a hard pill to swallow.

“There won’t be many teams come here and score that many goals. We have just got to tighten up at the back.”

Dyer added: “I have always wanted to score in the Football League. I hope now I can get into the starting XI and score us a few more.

“It was one of those rare, scrappy goals and one of the easiest I will ever score. Sam Clucas had struck the ball well, the right back blocked it on the line and I just got round the backside of him and stuck it in the net.”

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Dyer was not the only player returning yesterday with midfielder Chris Clements taking man of the match with a fine showing after a bad knee injury.

Dyer said: “I was delighted for Chris. He injured his knee and I can appreciate what he went through. He was unbelievable today, though he tired towards the end.”