D`LARYEA BACK AT MAN CITY
D'Laryea back with the Blues
IT appears Jonathan D'Laryea's time at Field Mill is over.
The midfielder completed a three-month loan spell in last night's 0-0 draw at Shrewsbury but Peter Shirtliff has heard nothing from Manchester City in his attempts to keep him for the rest of the season.
And D'Laryea has been told to report to Manchester City this morning.
"At this moment it doesn't look as if he will be allowed to come back for a further loan unless City have a drastic change of heart," said manager Peter Shirtliff.
"I spoke to them on Monday and they were undecided about it. But we have heard nothing since.
"Jonathan has done well and we'd like to keep him here.
"But Giles Coke and Stephen Dawson are playing well at the moment and we will just soldier on and see what develops.
"There are other players I am looking at. But you can't just magic players out of the air. They have to fit in with our wage structure and the way we play."
Wolves boss Glenn Hoddle was among the crowd at Shrewsbury last night and must have been impressed with what he saw of the likes of Coke and Joe Hart of Shrewsbury.
Shirtliff touched by Wilson tribute
PETER Shirtliff was delighted with the tributes paid to his late friend and Stags goalkeeping coach Peter Wilson at Gay Meadow last night.
Wilson collapsed and died in the pre-match warm-up when the fixture was originally due to be played in November and it was postponed.
You could have heard a pin drop during the minute's silence last night and there was also a collection around the ground which raised over £400 for Wilson's family.
"I was delighted - it was a very polite minute's silence," said Shirtliff.
"My thoughts did stray at times but what can you do? It's a difficult thing we've got to live with.
"You can't help but think back to that sad day, but life goes on and we must move forward."
Shirtliff hails shrews star
Mansfield manager Peter Shirtliff hailed Shrewsbury's England Under-19 goalkeeper Joe Hart as "the best in League Two" after watching the youngster deny his side victory on Tuesday night.
Hart's brilliant block to deny Giles Coke a last-gasp winner even earned him a congratulatory handshake from the frustrated Mansfield chief as the two teams toughed out a 0-0 draw.
Shirtliff said: "On the balance of play we deserved three points but the main reason we didn't get them was their keeper making some great saves, particularly late in the second half."
Stags rue lack of luck
Mansfield Town are just not having any luck in front of goal right now, says manager Peter Shirtliff.
Stags gained a valuable point in a 0-0 draw at in-form Shrewsbury Town last night.
But they have now failed to score a goal from open play in 371 minutes of football and Shirtliff said; "We just need a break.
"We didn't get one at Grimsby and we didn't get one at Shrewsbury.
"I watch the games on the League review on television and see other teams get scrappy, ugly goals. But we never seem to get them.
"We were scoring for fun at one time but that couldn't continue so now we must just keep going and grind it out.
"On the balance of play I thought we deserved the three points at Shrewsbury. Their keeper made some good saves, particularly in the second half.
"I was delighted with our display on a very difficult pitch that was not conducive to good football.
"Even so, both sides tried to play on it. The pitch cut up badly and it was very difficult to pass the ball.
"There were some unbelievable bounces which were making players look silly. The bounce was not consistent and one low backpass to Kevin Pressman came up and hit him around the knee.
"We did quite well in possession, particularly second half. And we created some decent chances near the end.
"Now we have two home games in succession which is a good chance for us to get some serious points on the board and start climbing the League."
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