Late decision on Stags striker
CHAD website, 17 November 2005
A LATE decision will be made on the fitness of striker Simon Brown ahead of Mansfield Town's trip to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday (3pm).
Brown suffered a tight hamstring in last Friday's 3-0 home defeat and manager Peter Shirtliff said: "He has improved but it is still touch and go.
"We hope Simon will be available but we will have to see at the last minute."
However, both Adam Birchall (ankle) and Adrian Littlejohn (virus) were expected back in full training today.
"Adam is fine now," said Shirtliff. "He has done a certain amount of training this week and Wales very kindly allowed him to stay here for some treatment.
"We will have to have a good look at Adrian, though, as he has been very ill this week."
Shirtliff is already without suspended duo Gus Uhlenbeek and Gareth Jelleyman.
But he does have new on-loan arrival Allan Russell and Birchall vying to partner Richie Barker up front if Brown fails his fitness test.
Shirtliff is demanding an immediate reaction from his players who threw away their recent improved record with last week's surrender at home to Bury, thanks to conceding two goals inside a dreadful first nine minutes.
""Just because we've lost a match doesn't mean it's all doom and gloom," said Shirtliff. "But I have made it very clear to the players that I was not happy with the first 20 minutes last week and they understand and accept that.
"Maybe there was some complacency involved which I find hard to believe given our position in the league. I hope it produces a reaction at Shrewsbury."
Stags beat the Shrews 4-0 at Field Mill last month.
Indeeed, a recent home win over Chester is Shrewsbury's only League success in eight games, though they did beat Braintree in the FA Cup.
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