Stags must emulate the Shrews
CHAD website, 16 January 2006
STAGS have been told to use tomorrow night's opponents Shrewsbury Town (7.45pm) as a shining example after three straight wins lifted the Shrews up eight places away from the relegation dogfight.
Mansfield desperately need to do the same, starting with tomorow night's return to Gay Meadow where the game was postponed last month following the pre-match warm-up death of Stags' goalkeeping coach Peter Wilson.
A minute's silence for him will precede tomorrow's game.
"Three wins have moved Shrewsbury up eight places and full credit to them," said Mansfield manager Peter Shirtliff.
"Three wins and you shoot up the table. That has to be the yardstick for us now.
"Don't forget we beat Shrewsbury comprehensively 4-0 at home. And we have turned in some decent performances and results since then.
"But at Grimsby on Saturday we had some good performances but still lost a game we were in control of for good parts and still conceded two goals.
"We had more shots at goal, more crosses and more corners than Grimsby so how did we lose the football match? It is partly the reason why we are where we are in the League.
"We are a talented side who are not winning games that we should be winning and there is a reason for that.
"I have expressed that to them and what I have said will remain private.
"They are not doing themselves justice. It is not a mental thing. But it is a part of their game that they are not good at.
"But they are good honest boys and I am sure they will take on board what I have told them.
"Some of them are looking a bit tired and I will make a couple of changes tomorrow, though it will still be the same 16 or 17 players."
Shirtliff and the players will have to deal with some difficult memories at Gay Meadow tomorrow after the horrific drama that unfolded on their recent visit there.
"There is a minute's silence in which we will remember Peter," said Shirtliff. "Then we have got to be professional and put that to one side once the game starts."
The game is due to be the last of Jonathan D'Laryea's loan spell from Manchester City though Shirtliff is trying to persuade City boss Stuart Pearce to allow him to stay for the rest of the season, possibly with a 24 hour recall clause.
Shrewsbury v Mansfield
Shrewsbury boss Gary Peters is set to name an unchanged squad for the visit of Mansfield.
Only long-term victim Dave Walton (knee) and back-up goalkeeper Glyn Thompson (thigh) are ruled out while Ben Smith has joined Weymouth.
Striker Danny Reet will be looking to make his first start for Mansfield after coming on as a substitute in Saturday's 2-1 loss at Grimsby.
Simon Brown, Callum Lloyd and Chris Beardsley are all out injured.
Shrewsbury Town Vs. Mansfield Town Preview
By Andrew Muir
Tuesday evening sees the rearranged fixture with Mansfield Town which was called off when the Stags goalkeeping coach Peter Wilson sadly died after suffering a heart attack during the pre-match warm up.
STFC Vs Mansfield Town Preview - By Andrew Muir
Nickname: The Stags
Last season: 13th
Manager: Peter Shirtliff
The Stags had a difficult season after losing manager Keith Curle halfway through, frustrated by a lack of consistency. Carlton Palmer added some useful experience to some talented young players but he just does not seem cut out for football league management and resigned.
The Gaffer - Peter Shirtliff
Peter Shirtliff is a former central defender who played for Sheffield Wednesday (two spells), Charlton, Wolves and Barnsley. His greatest achievements as a player were a third-finish in Division One in 1992, and winning the League Cup in 1991 - both as a member of Sheffield Wednesday.
Shirtliff retired from the game in 1997, after 18 years as a professional footballer. He has since been youth team coach at Barnsley and Leicester. Earlier this year he was appointed assistant manager at Mansfield Town, and is currently the team's caretaker manager following Carlton Palmer's resignation.
One to Watch - Danny Reet
The Stags last Friday signed promising Sheffield Wednesday striker Danny Reet for £25,000 and he went straight into the squad for last Saturday's tough trip to promotion-chasing Grimsby Town. He came off the bench 10 minutes into the second half but failed to find the net.
Reet scored four times in six League Two starts while out on loan at Bury during November and December- netting twice at Field Mill against Mansfield - but was recalled by Wednesday boss Paul Sturrock over Christmas.
However, Sturrock has subsequently signed two more strikers and Stags stepped in smartly to fend off the inevitable competition from Bury and persuade the youngster to join Mansfield.
His form at Bury showed he knows where the goal is and could be the striker the Stags have been looking for all season.
After a dry day with sunny intervals the evening should be chilly but dry with a gentle Northeastly breeze.
After coming on as a substitute on Saturday Kelvin Langmead suffered a bruised pelvis and could be doubtful. Otherwise apart from the odd niggle here and there it's as you were on Saturday.
Pic: Dave Walton
Long-term injury cases Dave Walton and Glyn Thompson are ruled out but are getting back to full fitness while Ben Smith has left the Meadow and joined Weymouth of the Conference South.
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Mansfield were unlucky not to get a draw on Saturday at high flying Grimsby Town, going down to a late winner for the Mariners. They have picked up nine points in their last six away games and although they are in 21st position they should not be taken lightly.
SHREWSBURY TOWN 2 MANSFIELD TOWN 2
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