On-fire Mansfield can shock Fleetwood, says hotshot Green

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STAGS hot shot Matt Green believes Mansfield Town can shock leaders Fleetwood Town in Saturday’s tough trip and sound a warning to the rest of the league.

The Cod Army have not lost at home since October and are 24 league games unbeaten.

But on-fire Stags, who have just nothced up 13 goals in two games, held them 1-1 at home last week and Green, said: “We have got nothing to fear going to Fleetwood, we know what they are about.

“They were on the ropes a couple of times at our place. And we were not even at full throttle.

“They know they are playing a good team. We will give them the respect they deserve, but there is no reason why we can’t beat them.

“We need to go there with a positive mentality and hope we can win it.”

Green is now on 25 goals for the season, but isn’t worrying too much about the big 30-goal milestone looming for him with eight games plus possible play-offs left.

“Everyone is talking about 30 goals but I don’t have any targets. I will just keep scoring and see where it takes me,” he said.

Boss Paul Cox warned:“If we defend like we did first half on Tuesday then Fleetwood will score double figures.

“Our performance wasn’t the best first half. But credit to the lads, they were much better second half and we looked quite tight and ground out a result at a very tough place to go.

“The one thing we are doing is scoring goals.

“Fleetwood showed when they came to us what a good side they are – they and Wrexham are a cut above anything in our division and they are our benchmark.

“They have good players and are up there for a reason.

“But we want to go up there and keep our run going. I can’t remember the last time they got beat at home, but we will go up there and give it a really good shot.”

The manager’s biggest decision must be whether or not to switch the current 4-4-2 formation that has just scored 13 goals in two games, to a more defensive 4-3-3 to match up with the home side on Saturday or to stick with what he has and go for the jugular.

He has midfield ace Gary Roberts champing at the bit for a recall but also has skipper Adam Murray battling bravely on with injections into an ankle injury before games.

Cox said: “People say if it’s not broke don’t fix it and we have had two really good performances and got two good results. I have got a lot to think about before the game.”

Mansfield are travelling north on Friday night to give the squad the best possible preparation.

Cox said it was unlikely he would add to his squad before today’s transfer deadline.

“I do have a few irons in the fire, but at the moment there are no signings on the horizon before the deadline, though never say never.”