Stags striker Green admits goal against Liverpool was a ‘dream come true’

MANSFIELD Town striker Matt Green admitted his goal against Premier League giants Liverpool in the 2-1 FA Cup defeat today was a ‘dream come true’.

Green set up a grandstand finish with his 79th minute strike and could have ended up with a hat-trick, forcing two great saves from keeper Brad Jones.

“Scoring today was a dream come true, it’s what you dream of when you are a nipper and something I will remember for the rest of my life.

“Being hard on myself, as I am, I probably should have done a bit better and scored more, But you can’t score them all.

“Possibly we gave them a bit too much respect early on. But, in the end, we could have got something out of it.”

On the controversial Luis Suarez winner, which found the net off the Uruguayan’s hand, he added: “As a striker you claim anything, but I am not saying it’s the right way to put the ball in the net. It is really gutting to be put out of the FA Cup by something like that.”

Keeper Alan Marriott was critical of the officials for missing something the TV replays showed so clearly.

“The linesman was on that side and should have seen it,” he said.

“Even their players didn’t celebrate and Suarez kicking the ball into the net with a smile on his face after it had gone in suggested he thought it would be disallowed. He was waiting for the referee to blow.

“But you can’t call him a cheat. It is a natural reaction sometimes to put your hand out and if it gives you an advantage and you get away with it, then that’s football.

“When they scored after five minutes or so I thought, Jesus, it’s going to be a cricket score.

“But playing towards our own fans in the second half gave us a spur and we made a game of it.

“Hopefully this will now spur us on in the league too as expectations here are massive and a club like Mansfield doesn’t deserve to be in the Conference.”