Stags boss Adam Murray backs striker Matt Green to rediscover scoring touch

Mansfield Town v Plymouth -Skybet League One - One Call Stadium - Saturday 26th September 2015''Matt Green
Mansfield Town v Plymouth -Skybet League One - One Call Stadium - Saturday 26th September 2015''Matt Green

Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray has backed Matt Green to rediscover his scoring touch.

Stags striker Green is without a goal in his last five games - since the start of October - and has found the back of the net just once from eight at the One Call Stadium.

Mansfield Town Manager Adam Murray.'Picture by Dan Westwell

Mansfield Town Manager Adam Murray.'Picture by Dan Westwell

The 28-year-old has four to his name from 15 starts in League Two so far this season, following his summer return to the club from Championship side Birmingham City.

An avalanche of goals in his first spell at Mansfield in the Blue Square Premier - 54 in 87 over two seasons - helped the club secure promotion back to the Football League in 2013.

And Murray is confident Green, fighting fit again after a lengthy lay off with a knee injury which spelled the end of his time at St Andrews, will be back amongst the goals soon.

He said: “No-one is going to be as hard on Greeny than himself. The view from me and the boys in the camp is that he’s a massive part of what we do. The year we got promoted he didn’t start scoring until Christmas.

“People will say ‘he’s not scoring’ but imagine what it’ll be like when he does start scoring, and he will. It might take a little bit of time.

“Strikers go through these patches. It won’t just be Matt Green.

“There are strikers all around the country that go through these patches. Greeny will come good, we know that and at the minute we’re sixth in the table and we haven’t got our marquee striker scoring goals.

“Good luck to teams when he does.”

Green and Mansfield drew a blank last Saturday in a 2-0 defeat at home to Wycombe Wanderers despite fashioning more than twice as many chances as their opponents.

“Goals have dried up in the last few games but we’ve been away for two of them,” said Murray. “Let’s not get carried away. We can’t be expected to go away to Yeovil and Portsmouth and put four away, it’s not going to happen.

“You go away from home and you try to be solid and play on the break or sneak a goal, or two, and defend. The same team, the same tactics put four past Crawley, four past Dagenham and three past Newport.

“We’ve scored goals. Sometimes you go through spells when they don’t go in. We’re still creating those chances if we weren’t we’d have a problem but we are creating plenty of chances.

“We dominate large parts of the game with the ball so let’s have a little perspective of where we’ve come from.

“I refuse to let this football club have a head loss every time we lose a game because I’ve got some breaking news for you - we’re going to lose more football matches.

“I’ll keep a level head because I know we’ve got a good team. We don’t lose very often and what happens with that is that expectations go up. The great thing about this place at the minute is that it’s got a superb realism.”

Stags face League One side Oldham Athletic in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday in what Murray sees as a “great challenge” for his side in a competition he wants to do well in.