PALMER: I CAN MAKE THE GRADE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

MANS­FIELD striker Ol­lie Palmer be­lieves he has the po­ten­tial to thrive in the Football League af­ter his sum­mer step up from Con­fer­ence South side Ha­vant and Water­looville.

The 21-year-old came on as a sub­sti­tute to score the win­ner against Wy­combe last week and fire Mans­field to their first vic­tory since re­turn­ing to League Two.

And Palmer ad­mit­ted it was a dream come true to open his ac­count:“It’s some­thing I’ve waited a long time for – it was a dream goal,” he said.

“I’m cher­ish­ing be­ing in the Football League, I feel like I’m thriv­ing. Scor­ing that goal is a big achieve­ment for me.” cross­bar with a dinked shot from the edge of the area, on the stroke of half-time.

Sub­sti­tute Adam Le Fon­dre was then de­nied from close range by Gilks in the sec­ond pe­riod, but it was an­other sub, Barkhuizen, who made the dif­fer­ence, cap­i­tal­is­ing on a slip from cap­tain Sean Mor­ri­son.

It was enough to send Read­ing home empty-handed and leave boss Nigel Ad­kins a frus­trated fig­ure.

He said:“We came with a de­sire to win the game. We were on the front foot for the last 15 min­utes of the first half and we’ve had two or

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