Nottingham Forest youngster Will Swan stepped off the bench to help Mansfield Town to a huge League Two win yesterday.

Stags trailed Crewe by a goal to nil with three minutes remaining and his equaliser provided the catalyst for a memorable comeback.

Swan had been placed on the bench, with boss Nigel Clough choosing to start Lucas Akins as a lone striker.

The 21-year-old was left out of the squad for recent games against Gillingham and Carlisle but returned with a bang yesterday.

Swan help Mansfield
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His goal was a well-taken left-footed effort that Forest fans became accustomed to seeing when he was playing for the development team.

Now, he is proving his worth to the Stags and a few more wouldn’t go amiss with Mansfield star Rhys Oates currently out injured.

Swan’s work rate has never been in question. In the EFL, however, he will need to add goals to his game and now he looks capable of doing that.

The youngster has scored three during 2022/23 and he will hope that his goal yesterday can earn him a start in the coming weeks.

Swan was in fine form for the Forest under-21 outfit last season. He scored 12 goals in 22 appearances and a loan move was always the next logical step.

Swan off the bench to help Mansfield but Forest will hope to see him start more

As a young player, the Forest striker will have to wait patiently for more starts to come in the Mansfield team.

It’s fair to say that the Reds will be hoping to see the North Nottinghamshire side hand him starts soon.

Swan help Mansfield
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Swan looks like a capable performer. He’s grown as a player in the last 12 months and he does look ready for regular action in League Two.

Clough will surely look to utilise him more often as the season progresses, with Stags firmly in the promotion mix.

All Swan can keep doing when he gets opportunities is to score goals. If he does that, he should become a regular on the team sheet in no time at all.

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