SHIRTLIFF BOSS RARING TO GO
STAGS' BOSS RARING TO GO
Evening Post, 28 July 2006
Peter Shirtliff today insisted he will have no problems choosing his starting XI for Mansfield's first League Two match of the season at Shrewsbury.
The Stags have put in excellent performances in their home friendlies against Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday.
And there has been keen competition for places - notably in midfield and up front.
But Shirtliff, whose side face Alfreton at the Impact Arena tomorrow, is confident he will have no problems solving those selection headaches ahead of the August 5 opener.
"The players are playing for their places," he said.
"It is not rocket science to work out that I can only pick 11 players for any one match and five substitutes - one of which is likely to be a keeper.
"But in the end the team is going to pick itself come the start of the new league season.
"The players who are in the best form after we have completed our friendlies are the ones who will get into the team."
Shirtliff also revealed that he is delighted with the progress of Chris Beardsley, as the striker continues his comeback from injury.
The Derby-born player missed almost the whole of last season with an oblique fracture of his left leg.
But he has featured in the friendly games so far and has impressed his boss with his attitude.
Shirtliff said: "Chris Beardsley is an enthusiastic boy and I'm really pleased that he's coming back into the fold after so long out.
"Chris is a useful player to have around."
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