Gavin Mahon is determined to hold onto his first team spot, following his return to the starting 11 in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Rotherham United.
Mahon made only his third start of the campaign at the New York Stadium and looked as though he had never been away.
The midfielder admitted that he felt a bit rusty, having been limited to a bit-part role this term.
However, he was happy to get some extended game time in the absence of Andre Boucaud, who missed the game through injury.
The 35-year-old told Magpie Player: “It’s probably the first time in my career that I’ve been sat on the bench for a long time but you have to be professional.
“I had a meeting with the gaffer last week and I said Andre’s been one of our best players so that’s understandable.
“The team’s been doing well and you’ve just got to wait sometimes.
"It has been frustrating but that’s part and parcel of football.
“It was good to get out there on Saturday, because sometimes you don’t really feel part of it and I’ve missed that.”
He added: “You could see in certain parts of my game on Saturday that I wasn’t quite as sharp or aware as what I can be.
“You’re going to get that from games and match fitness.
“I haven’t played that many reserve games and although you don’t really want to play in those, you have to just to keep your fitness and sharpness up.
“I didn’t feel too bad for someone that hasn’t played in a while so hopefully I can have a good week in training and see where we go from there.”
Notts are next in action on Saturday, a trip to Huish Park for an npower League 1 encounter with Yeovil Town. To purchase tickets for this game, visit www.nottscountydirect.co.uk.
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