Paul Green was back in the Crewe Alexandra team and back amongst the goals against Scunthorpe - but more importantly for our promotion aspirations, the veteran campaigner says it was vital to get back to winning ways after suffering a rare away defeat at Salford City on Boxing Day.
Crewe were without Green for that one after he fell ill over the Christmas break but the former Leeds and Doncaster man was recalled to the starting line-up on Sunday and once again played an influential role in seeing us getting three more points.
The 36-year-old finished off a superb team move for the second goal in our deserved 3-1 win over Paul Hurst’s side and he completed the 90 minutes with no side effects. Boss David Artell proclaimed afterwards that he thought Green was ‘the best player on the pitch’.
Green though couldn’t care less about Man-of-the-Match awards or personal accolades as he is only after three points to keep us in the hunt for promotion.
The former Eire International told iFollow the Alex: ““The result was much needed after the poor result against Salford. We needed to get back to winning ways, and it’s nice that we were able to. We knew Scunthorpe were on a good run and it was going to be tough, but I thought we were the better team.
“If we want to do anything in League Two, we’ve got to bounce back and we showed we’re capable of doing that as a team. We showed in this game that we’re a good team, and we played well against a very good Scunthorpe side.
Paul added: “We had to be a little bit more patient with the ball. Sometimes, we can get a little bit carried away with it, and not make the right pass. It was a really professional performance. We were hard to break down. I didn’t feel like we were open at all. We got goals, and probably should have got a few more.”