York City and League Two should beware as Mansfield Town goal ace Matt Green is not in the best of moods.
After missing a crucial penalty in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with his former club Oxford United and seeing keeper Sam Slocombe deny him with a good save, Stags’ returning goal ace is still yet to get off the mark.
So boss Adam Murray is hoping this Saturday’s opponents York take the brunt of his frustration.
“You look at the person taking it (the penalty) and you would put everything you had on him scoring,” said Murray.
“Greeny was an angry man Saturday after the game and I love him when he is in this frame of mind because you need to get out of his way. He is due a goal and he wants a goal more than anything.
“He is a menace when he’s like this and it will be good for him.
“He had to have intense treatment after the game last week to get him right and, because he is that big a player for us, he went in on Saturday and I think a Matt Green that had trained all week, he grabs a hat-trick on Saturday. So we are happy with the positions he is getting into and we all know with Matt the goals will come.”
Murray believes the Matt Green he has signed this summer is even better than the one whose goals shot Stags to promotion three seasons back.
“I think in going away to the Championship and coming back I think we’ve seen an improvement in Matt in terms of his hold-up play and his work for other people,” said Murray.
“Don’t get me wrong you will never take the instinct of a goalscorer out of Matt as that’s his strength. But what he is doing now is he’s bringing other people into play and he’s a good link-up for other people.
“That was one of the disappointing things for Matt on Saturday is that his link-up play wasn’t as good as it has been. But I think as a team, watching the game back three or four times as I do, in that final third we need to be a little bit more clinical with that final pass, that cutting edge.
“We got in some great positions on Saturday and if we take advantage of that, the game is out of sight.”
Murray spent the weekend reflecting on the Oxford game, saying: “It was a weird game of mixed emotions really.
“We started really well, then I felt they showed their quality at certain points in the game, but I still think we had to win it. I felt we should have been 3-0 up inside 20 minutes and the game is over really.
“So a lot of plusses, especially for the boys to show themselves and give themselves that extra belief that we can compete with the top clubs in this league 100 per cent.
“We are going into these games expecting to beat them which, for me, is a brilliant thing. It’s a lot different to last year and it’s creating that belief within the group now that we can say, we’re not bad, let’s go and affect this league. Let’s put a little run together and go and climb the table.
“Saturday I thought we should have won it after the first half hour but then you come out of it thinking it’s not a bad result and not a bad point after coming under spells of pressure.
“We showed different qualities on Saturday. We showed we can get around people but when we are under pressure we are defending really well at the minute. We have conceded three goals in the League, two have been outside the box and one has been a penalty.
“They have all been disappointing goals. I have not yet looked at one of the goals and gone, we have been opened up there.”