COX, GREEN, MARTIN FOYLE REACTION
audio interviews with Cox and Green
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"I'm losing words to describe Matt Green. The lad just gets better and better. I don't think I've ever celebrated a goal like that in my life.
"The biggest accolade I can give him is that he is a genuinely nice lad with a great work ethic. And he's a good footballer too.
"He's consistently put the ball in the back of the net for two seasons now and I'd love him to cap it off with a promotion, a championship medal and hopefully a golden boot too.
"But we've only done part of the job tonight. We've got another job to do on Saturday. And we know Wrexham won't make it easy for us.
Winner was ‘biggest goal of my career’, says Stags hero 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.”
Mansfield Town are ready for 'Judgement Day' in title race, says star striker Matt Green
MANSFIELD Town's star striker Matt Green has billed it as 'Judgement Day'.
And he insists the Stags will be ready to go out and beat Wrexham at sold-out Field Mill tomorrow (5.15pm) in the club's biggest game for years to clinch the Blue Square Bet Premier title and promotion back into the Football League.
They are two points clear of Kidderminster at the top of the table ahead of the last game of the season, after Green scored a dramatic injury-time winner at Hereford United on Tuesday night.
"It's judgement day for us now," said 26-goal hitman Green.
"It's a massive game and we've got to make sure we're ready for it.
"We're in a great position and we have got to finish the job now - it's as simple as that."
It is fitting Mansfield could seal a return to League Two against Wrexham because they were relegated out of the League with the Dragons five years ago.
And Green could end this season with the perfect hat-trick of a title-winner's medal, promotion and a golden boot.
"If it all happens, that would be the perfect season for me," he added.
"The gaffer has shown a lot of belief in me and I feel like I've paid him back with my goals.
"I scored more goals last season, but I think my all-round play has been a lot better this season, which I think has helped the team a lot more.
"I'd say it's been my most enjoyable season - and I hope we're celebrating tomorrow night.
"To help take this club back into the League would be amazing - it's where it deserves to be.
"It would mean the world to me and everyone else.
"The club has had to wait for a long time to get back up there so all being well we can do it."
Green, who has scored a staggering 55 goals in two seasons at Mansfield, has been compared to Manchester City's Sergio Aguero after scoring on 92 minutes at Hereford.
The game looked destined to end in a 1-1 draw, which would have left the Stags level on 90 points with Kidderminster going into the last day of the season.
The two clubs would also have had exactly the same goal-difference of plus 38.
But Green pounced on sub Matt Rhead's flick inside the penalty area and was the coolest man inside Edgar Street as he rifled the ball into the net in front of the 600-plus Mansfield fans in the away end, which sparked a mini pitch invasion and has put the Stags in the driving seat at the top.
"I've seen a few tweets about that! If I could be the non-league version of him (Aguero) I'll take that," he laughed.
"Instinct just took over when the ball dropped to me inside the box and I just took it with perfect timing when the keeper made his move.
"I just waited for him to come out of his goal a little bit and put it past him - it was a great feeling, probably the best I've ever had in my career.
"It will certainly be one of my biggest goals if we go on and win promotion.
"They were amazing celebrations and I'm so happy the fans that travelled all that way got to see something like that.
"I hope we go on and do it now, we've worked hard all season for it and we deserve it."
They have had a great season and won 12 league games on the trot to rise to the top of the table.
But it was fourth-placed Wrexham who ended that run, beating Stags 2-1 only 15 days ago.
Green knows beating them on home soil won't be easy - but Kidderminster don't have an easy game either.
They face Stockport, who are two points adrift of safety and will be fighting for their lives.
"The job's not done," said Green.
"We celebrated the win at Hereford and got excited, but we've got another game now and we need to get a result.
"We just need to realise what a great position we're in and have the strength to take it."
Just Keep The Ball said Foyle
By Organic Bull
Hereford United manager Martin Foyle felt that his side were naive in not trying to keep possession of the ball in the last few minutes of the game last night.
The Stags scored the winning goal with the final whistle close to being blown.
"Just two minutes to go, just keep the ball," Foyle told BBC Hereford and Worcester.
"Simple things, I suppose it's the level you've played at.
"Poor decision, wrong time."
Meanwhile Foyle didn't think Mansfield were the best side he had seen this season.
"I think Kidderminster are in terms of football and going to the next level," said Foyle
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