Grimsby Town striker Matt Green says the Mariners’ fans can help them make Blundell Park a “fortress” in Sky Bet League Two 2019-20.
The 32-year-old scored his first goal for the club as he equalised with an 87th-minute wonder-strike in the 2-2 draw with Colchester United on Tuesday.
The result ensured that Michael Jolley’s side maintained unbeaten after their first three home games in all competitions – picking up two draws and a win.
And Green says Town’s fans can help make Blundell Park a tough place to come for away teams this season.
Speaking exclusively on iFollow Mariners, he said: “It was relief. The crowd have been brilliant – they’ve really stuck by me, and I’ve heard them willing me on at times.
“So to give a little bit back like that – and unfortunately it wasn’t the three points we desired and wanted – but to give a little bit back and get bums off seats was good.
“The roar and the enthusiasm from the fans after the goal was the reason we play football.
“That’s what we’re going to need from the fans this season – we’re going to need them to keep singing and making as much noise as possible.
“Their noise can help us make this place a real fortress. This is our home so we need their full support.
“And they really did that on Tuesday – they got behind us, and they were willing us on to the very end.
“And they got their rewards to a certain extent, and we did as well – we got another point on the board at this stage of the season, which is really important for us.
“The fans are why we play football. They cheer us and will us on with their constant support.
“And they did it against Bradford City as well, and it’s great to play in front of that sort of atmosphere.”
And Green says his first goal for the Mariners has boosted his confidence ahead of today’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Port Vale at Blundell Park (3pm).
He said: “I needed that to get me off the mark and to give me the confidence moving forward.
“The longer the games go on without a goal as a striker, you start swiping at things, and snatching at chances.
“But on Tuesday I kept my composure, and I’m looking forward to getting more chances now in the next game.
“I’m incredibly confident now, I want to score more, and we just need to get the three points against Port Vale.”