Confident Matt Green could prove to be Mansfield Town's big weapon in promotion push
MANSFIELD Town supporters are being spoilt with goals of late.
A 5-0 thumping of Dartford was followed by Saturday's 8-1 demolition of Barrow.
Lee Stevenson has five in his last four outings, Adam Murray three in three and Anthony Howell two in two.
But, it is the emergence to form in the last few months of striker Matt Green which could prove to be the key weapon in Mansfield's promotion ambitions.
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The 26-year-old plundered 30 goals last season to fire the Stags to third in the Blue Square Bet Premier although it ended in play-off heartache.
But after a dip in form earlier in this campaign and a subsequent spell on the sidelines, he has returned better for the break.
And his hat-trick at the weekend took his tally to 14 for the season and made it ten in his last 13 outings in the amber and blue.
Seven wins in their last nine league outings also puts the sixth-placed Stags top of the form table and sets up tonight's trip to Newport perfectly.
Their Welsh opponents sit fifth, in that final play-off spot, three points ahead of Mansfield.
But victory tonight for the visitors will lift them above Newport on goal difference and with a game in hand. The Stags also have three games in hand on all of the top four, including leaders Grimsby who are 11 points in front of Paul Cox's men.
With 19 games remaining, it is a hectic period but one Green insists the in-form Mansfield squad are relishing as they look to win promotion.
But despite all the goalscoring heroics of late, Green would take a scrappy win tonight.
"If we win 1-0 at Newport away, we will be delighted, just as delighted as beating Barrow 8-1," said the former Oxford man. "We just need to keep getting those points on the board.
"I prefer the games coming thick and fast because you don't have time to think. You play, wake up and you are getting ready for a game again.
"It is enjoyable and we are all relishing them coming thick and fast.
"I am feeling very composed in front of goal at the minute and taking my time and it is paying off.
"We are looking like a team now for the first time in the season. We are looking solid and we believe we can do well and everyone is jumping on board to what the manager is saying.
"All you have to do is look at the league table to see where we are at and for me personally, until last year, every time I had been in the play-offs we had won them. So last season, to lose in them in the manner that we did was gut-wrenching but we have a chance to do it again this season.
"As for top spot, it is very tight in this league, anything can happen and if we can keep winning our games, we can get up there."
Green's treble at the weekend was the first time he had scored more than once in a game this season.
It included two well-taken penalties but his overall game caught the eye as he caused problems all afternoon and showed such composure with all his finishes.
Green said: "It was great to get a hat-trick but it was just a great performance from everyone. Our work ethic off the ball was great and I really enjoyed it.
"It will do me the world of good confidence wise. I have been getting a lot of the odd ones but I wanted a brace so to get a hat-trick is great. I stuck the ball in my bag to take home.
"Off the back of last season, it was great to show I can score goals and to do it consistently is what I have always wanted to do and with how we are playing at the minute, it is great.
"I am really enjoying my football at the moment.
"This is my best spell this season.
"After the Liverpool game, we have really started to believe in ourselves a lot more.
"It gives you a lot of strength and we just have to keep going now. We are playing great football.
"And if I can keep scoring in every game between now and the end of the season, I'll be happy!"