Green says Buxton have the feel good factor

Jamie Green.
Jamie Green.

Jamie Green says the Buxton changing room has a more positive mentality compared to last season.

The full-back has been one of the stand-out performers for the table-topping Bucks this campaign, and has chipped in with four goals to boot.

The 25-year-old insists that the team now goes out knowing that they can not only remain tight at the back, but also that they are capable of finding the net on a more consistent basis.

Green said: “The whole camp is confident at the moment.

“It’s one of the best changing rooms I’ve been involved in.

“The new players that have come in are not only good players, they’re also good lads.

“That counts for a lot because if you have individuals in a dressing room, then it splits the dressing room.

“We’ve got many outlets this year especially with the lads we’ve got up front.

“We look dangerous every attack we make.

“Our defensive record was actually one of the best in the division last season - it was just the goals that were lacking.

“This year we’re going into games knowing that we’ve got two or three strikers that can score goals and that helps because last year we didn’t have that outlet.”

Green says the high-tempo tactics that the Bucks employ has been a key factor in their success so far.

He also believes pre-season has played its part for both the team and him personally. He said: “Over the last few years I’ve not really got a good pre-season under my belt due to injuries.

“This summer I worked on my fitness and became as athletic and fit as I could possibly be.

“Pre-season training was good, everyone came together and there’s a good atmosphere in the camp.

“There’s a desire to work for each other that has done us well.

“If you can run faster than other teams, then eventually you can grind them down.

“Teams can only defend for so long before they concede.

“Teams in this league aren’t good enough to pass it around all day.

“When we press, they are going to give the ball away - it’s happened a few times this season, that we’ve scored goals simply by closing opposition down.”

Green hopes to shake off an ankle knock in time for Saturday’s FA Cup qualifier at AFC Fylde.

He added: “It’s going to be a big test but we’ll go into it with an abundance of confidence.

“Playing without fear is what we need to do and to just enjoy it.”