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9th February 2006 9:13

Evening Post, 08 February 2006
Tickets for Notts County's local derby with rivals Mansfield Town are now on sale.

The match is not all ticket and admission can be gained on the turnstiles at Meadow Lane for the game on Saturday March 4.

But supporters from both sides who want to pre-purchase their ticket and ensure entry to the game can only buy them from the Meadow Lane ticket office.

Mansfield will be looking for revenge after Notts beat them 3-2 in the reverse fixture at Field Mill on August Bank Holiday Monday.

But Notts fans will not want a repeat of this fixture last season, which Mansfield won 1-0.

Normal match day prices apply for home fans, with adult tickets between £16 and £18, pensioners (over 60) £10 and £11, students and young adults (16 to 18 years) £9 and under-16s £4.

Mansfield fans should clearly state they want tickets for the visitors' end, which is in the Kop Stand.

Tickets for the away end are adults £16, senior citizens £10, student and young adults £9 and under-16s £4.

Proof of age is required for young adults, while production of a NUS card is required for student purchases. Both are required at the ticket office prior to the game.

Payment by cash or credit/debit cards is accepted (no cheques). Charges for all credit/debit card purchases are 50p per ticket.

The ticket office can be contacted on 0115 9557204.

Evening Post, 08 February 2006

Defender Jake Buxton feels Stags are missing the killer instinct needed to punish teams when they are on top.

Just as in the home game against Chester, Mansfield went in front against Macclesfield on Saturday, only to be pegged back by an equaliser with 12 minutes to go.

That left the home fans with a sense of frustration after their side had failed to make their domination count - and that is a feeling shared by Buxton.

He said: "We dominated the game against Macclesfield and had probably 75 per cent of the play, but in a way we only have ourselves to blame for not winning.

"I think we have to push forward more when we are on top and make our advantage count by killing teams off.

"It seems to me that when we score we are sometimes enjoying the moment and the cheers from the crowd rather than going at them again.

"We take a bit of a breather and seem to be happy with it at 1-0. That it is always dangerous because whenever it is only one goal the opposition always has a chance to get back in it.

"You only have to make one mistake at the back then and you can be punished and that is just what happened."

But Buxton - who returned in the centre of the defence against the Silkmen after recovering from a back injury - was pleased with the team's response to the 4-0 hammering at Darlington.

"When you are struggling down near the bottom like we are, you are going to have dips in form.

"We were gutted in the dressing room that we didn't get the win but the performance was a lot better - the result just didn't go our way."

Mansfield now have three successive games against teams in the top half of the table.

It starts with a trip to Wycombe followed by successive home games against Grimsby and Wrexham.

But he is adamant that the Stags can find winning form. He said: "We could have done with three points ahead of those games but because we have played well (against Macclesfield) it is still something to build on.

"We are not far from getting it right. I think if we get a draw at Wycombe we have done well but we are capable of winning any match at home."

The Stags are expecting to complete the signing of Laurence Wilson on a month's loan from Everton today.

The deal for the left-back-cum-midfielder hit problems on last week's transfer deadline day, meaning he was unable to play against Macclesfield.

But Wilson will travel over to Nottinghamshire tonight and link up with the squad for training tomorrow.

Boss Peter Shirtliff has also taken right-back Karl Rose, formerly of Barnsley, on trial. The 27-year old turned out for the Stags reserves as they won 1-0 at Port Vale on Monday, with Danny Herron netting.

"He did OK and I well be making a decision on him soon," said Shirliff.

"Laurence will give us more cover on the left and will improve the side."


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