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Buxton: 'Survival down to players'
Evening Post, 26 March 2008
Skipper Jake Buxton today admitted Mansfield will be all but down if they lose Saturday's crucial derby with Notts County - but is convinced the Stags can triumph.
His team travel to Meadow Lane on the back of Easter defeats to Grimsby and Bury, seven points adrift of safety at the bottom of League Two.
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And with the Magpies one of the few teams who Mansfield can still catch, Buxton believes nothing less than three points will do.
"Mathematically we can still get out of it, even though we know we are up against it."
"But it really is must-win for us at Notts. I can't stress how important the game is for both sides and if they win they will probably think they are safe.
"It would put them ten points clear of us and, it is never over, but it would be a big ask to pick up ten points on them before the end of the season.
"But if we could get the win we would go into the Wrexham game five points behind with the game in hand.
"It is all doom and gloom at the moment, but it might not be as bad as everyone thought if we can come out on top in what is a massive game."
Paul Holland has been confirmed as Mansfield's manager until the end of the season and Buxton's is relieved the speculation has ended.
He said: "The past two results have been crucial and could play a big part in deciding things against us come the end of the season. It means we have to win probably five out of our last eight. Bearing in mind we have not won back-to-back games all season, it is going to be hard.
"Paul will relish the challenge and he will be doing everything in his power to turn things around. It doesn't matter who is the manager, it is the players who have to do the business and we haven't been this season."
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