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18 November 2012

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Boss frustrated with Field Mill draw

A frustrated Paul Buckle felt it was two points dropped rather than one gained after the Town were held to a 2-2 draw at Mansfield.

Despite trailing to a Ben Hutchinson header the Hatters fought back to lead 2-1 thanks to two goals from Andre Gray.

But the Town switched off at a set-piece five minutes from time and Stags substitute Matt Green earned the hosts a point - leaving the boss to reflect on his side's inability to deal with balls into the box once more.

"It's two points dropped," said Buckle afterwards. "We'd weathered the storm and recovered well from a sloppy start.

"The defenders haven't done their job and it's disappointing because Mansfield should have been dead and buried by then.

"We've had three really good chances; Andre's in the first half, Janos Kovacs' header - which hit Ronnie Henry on the line - and Jake Howells, who, if he'd taken it a bit further in, you'd expect him to score.

"We need to be solid and stronger and I'm massively disappointed we haven't taken the three points but there was a lot on show today which would suggest to me that we can go on another run.

"In the end we've only got ourselves to blame because we were consistently fouling. I was shouting from the sidelines 'don't get caught' and in the end we've been punished. We've been beaten at the back post for the header across goal and nobody's reacted to it.

"There was no real quality about what Mansfield were doing, we just couldn't defend what was thrown in there.

"It's even more frustrating when you come off the pitch and note that Mark Tyler's barely had a shot to save.

"We'll keep working on, we always do. It's an unforgiving league and we're still very much there. We just have to start learning from our mistakes. More players need to take more ownership. We need more leaders."

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