Stags boss salutes striker Green after another away win

Happy Stags manager Paul Cox
Happy Stags manager Paul Cox

PAUL Cox paid tribute to two-goal hero Matt Green after Stags’ managed a third win on the trot with Saturday’s 2-0 success at Darlington.

Green, who once had a month’s loan with the Quakers, has now bagged four goals in six games and could have ended a lively afternoon with three or four to his name.

“We brought Matt to the club as we knew he could score goals at this level,” said Cox.

And, like the team as a whole, he seems to be finding his feet now and there is a lot more to come.

“All three front players are looking sharp right now.

“I am over the moon with the result. We came out the blocks quickly and scored two goals. I thought we played very well in the first half.

“Second half, we knew we were going to have to defend well and be hard to break down. The lads defended superbly and I thought we had the better chances. We counter on teams very quickly and have a lot of pace.

“Maybe I am looking for perfection, but I did feel we switched off a bit after half an hour and let Darlington come back at us.

“But credit to Darlington, they are a good side and I still maintain they will be up there at the end of the season.

“I won’t be shouting from the rooftops yet as it is still early in the season and anyone who gets too big for their boots will find themselves in the stand. We won’t get carried away.

“I won’t start to get excited about promotion until 26th April if we are up there still!”

Goal hero Green said: “That was a great result for us and I was more than happy to get on the scoresheet twice, though getting three points was the most important thing.

“For the first goal they just stood off me and so I thought I would get a yard and shoot and it went into the bottom corner.

“The second was more instinct than anything as I managed to turn on it and got a good strike on goal.

“Ross Dyer did a tremendous amount of work for me and he has been brilliant for us as has Paul Connor when he’s come on.

“The boys are really coming together and if we continue to apply ourselves like today there is no reason we can’t have a successful season.”

Giant on-loan central defender Ben Futcher again starred at the back and hinted he would love to stay at Field Mill when his spell ends on a fortnight.

“I am still a Bury player now but I would like to get something sorted,” he said.

“I have had a word with the gaffer and would love to stay. I like being here and playing games and I am getting fitter. I still have a couple of weeks here and hope to sort it by then.”

He added: “Any away win is a great win and Darlington are a really tough side to beat.

“We got a two goal lead early on but didn’t expect an easy ride. They had nothing to lose so we knew they would come at us.

“But we defended well right from the front two back to Mazza (keeper Alan Marriott). Everyone put a right shift in again and we are starting to see the results.

“Success breeds confidence and we have a very strong quad and everyone fighting for a shirt.”