Stags star Green in the running for county award

Mansfield Town's Matt Green - Pic by Chris Holloway
Mansfield Town's Matt Green - Pic by Chris Holloway

In-form Mansfield Town hotshot Matt Green will attend the Nottingham Sports Awards tonight at the East Midlands Conference Centre where he among the finalists for Nottinghamshire Professional Footballer of the Year.

Also in the running are former Forest starlet Oliver Burke and Notts County hitman Jon Stead.

“Apart from the two years he had injured I think Matt has had a very good career,” said Stags boss Adam Murray, who has helped spark a return to the goals for Green after dropping him for five games.

Green now has eight goals this season with five in the last four to end his drought.

“He is a centre forward so he’s always going to have highs and lows – that’s the way centre forwards go,” said Murray.

“He is a fantastic player and, of late – not his ability and performances as I expect that from Matt, it’s his attitude and focus that have been Championship.

“The way he’s gone about his day to day business has been Championship, and that’s why he’s got the goals he has scored in recent weeks.

“Defenders fear Matt at the minute, and they should do as he will eat you alive at the minute. That’s the frame of mind he’s in along with the other strikers we’ve got.

“They are all very aggressive to their approach to playing football at the minute which is fantastic.

“Hopefully that will continue on Saturday.”