Winner was ‘biggest goal of my career’, says Stags hero Green

Matt Green.
Matt Green.

MANSFIELD Town’s 26-goal hero Matt Green admitted his stoppage time winner in tonight’s crucial 2-1 win at Hereford United was the biggest of his career.

The victory means Stags can return to the Football league after a five-year absence if they can beat Wrexham at home on Saturday and Green, who bagged both goals at Edgar Street, said: “Scoring in a Wembley final and in the FA Cup were great, but that was definitely the biggest goal of my career so far.

“There’s nothing more pleasing than that to put us two points clear.

“I am here to score goals – that’s my job. I love taking the pressure off the boys.

“There were great scenes in the dressing room afterwards. The lads were overjoyed as they have worked so hard this season to get where we are and now we are back on track.

“But it’s not over till it’s over and we have a massive game on Saturday where we will have the home fans behind us.”

Manager Paul Cox said: “I don’t think I have ever celebrated a goal like that in my career.

“I have never felt as elated as that as there was so much riding on the game.

“We left it late. But the sights at the end were amazing, seeing our supporters celebrating with the players was out of this world.

“We have put ourself in a good position but we now have a big game ahead of us on Saturday.

“It is going to take a day or two to come down as the adrenalin rush in the lads and the supporters was immense.

“I can’t describe the feeling. It was weird and you can’t buy it. It was such a rush and everyone felt the same.

“We will celebrate tonight. But we have to get rid of that feeling then and concentrate on Saturday, which will be a massive game for the football club.”

Of the night’s hero, Cox said: “I am running out of words to describe Matt Green. The lad just gets better and better and over two seasons has consistently hit the back of the net for us.

“Now I hope he ends the season with a championship medal and, hopefully, the Golden Boot.”

Cox also warned that Stags were not there yet and he didn’t feel Wrexham would send a weaker side with them facing the play-offs.

He said: “As soon as you start taking your foot off the pedal in this business, it will bite you. We need to refocus for Saturday.

“No one will do us any favours. Hereford didn’t do us any tonight and Wrexham didn’t do us any against Kidderminster on Saturday.

“I expect them to bring their strongest side and try to win the game. If we want something we must try to take it ourselves.”