PREVIEWS AND TEAM NEWS
Mansfield wait on Barker
CHAD website, 8 Dec 2006
MANSFIELD Town expect top scorer Richie Barker to be back in training tomorrow in time to face Bury in the third game at Field Mill in eight days on Saturday (3pm).
Barker has suffered knocks in successive games, and manager Peter Shirtliff said: "Richie got a kick on the same dead leg he was already suffering with.
"But I think he will train tomorrow. He is a tough boy and I think he will want to play on Saturday."
Visitors Bury have just lost three League games on the trot after winning six in succession and they have only won once in their last six League and cup games.
"Bury have had a reasonable first half to the season," added Shirtliff."I have seen them once or twice and they have one or two good players and this will be a difficult match.
"Chris Casper has done well as a young manager and good luck to him.
"But I have been pleased with how we've played the last couple of games. They have lifted their performance levels to how I am used to seeing them and we need to continue in that vein."
Tickets are now on general sale at Field Mill for the FA Cup replay at Doncaster on Tuesday, a maximum of four per person.
BURY BOSS CASPER CALLS FOR COOL HEADS
08 December 2006
Bury boss Chris Casper knows his side must find their shooting boots at Mansfield tomorrow if they are to repeat last season's success at Field Mill.
Two goals from now-Stags striker Danny Reet and another from Simon Whaley gave the visitors a 3-0 win and all three points last October.
But Casper know the Stags will be out for revenge this time - and insists his side must be more clinical.
"We got a good result down there last season, but we will have to polish up on our finishing if we are going to get one again," he said.
"We need to be more ruthless in front of goal at times and try and kill teams off. In the past few games we have lost our way a little bit, but one result can turn it round.
Influential Shakers midfielder Richie Baker is optimistic his side can earn a victory in north Notts.
He said: "They are a strong team, but even though we have lost a few now, we haven't been playing badly.
"Away from home we have got a few good results this season, so we won't be afraid of going there and getting another one."
Former Stags striker Glynn Hurst added: "This is a league where you can win 10 games just as easily as you an lost 10 games in a row.
"We just need a win to get us kick-started and I think we can go on another run again, I really do.
"There are no danger signs. There is another six wins in a row waiting for us just along the line.
"Hopefully we can go down to Mansfield, which is always a tough game, and get started again."
Find out what Stags midfielder Giles Coke thinks of his contribution so far this season - see tomorrow's Evening post.
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