SHEEHAN LOAN EXTENDED
Sheehan extends stay at Mansfield
BBC.co.uk, 5 0ct 2006
Mansfield Town have extended the loan spell of the Leicester full-back Alan Sheehan for a second month, reports BBC Radio Nottingham.
He has made six appearances for the Stags in his first month at Field Mill.
Sheehan, 20, made four appearances for Leicester last season but had not figured for the Championship side this term before moving to Mansfield.
He is likely to be in the Mansfield squad for the Nottinghamshire derby against Notts County on Saturday.
Derby day is looming
CHAD WEBSITE, 5 0ct 2006
STAGS skipper Richie Barker is bracing himself for a thriller when neighbours Notts County visit Field Mill on Saturday (2pm).
Notts have only lost one League game this season and arrive in sixth place with Stags struggling to get away from the wrong end of the table.
But Barker said: "Both teams have lots to play for and, add to that the fact it is a local derby, it could be a good day.
"Apart from last year's home defeat we have always done against Notts while I've been here and we've always scored goals against them. Let's hope that continues on Saturday.
"Notts have quite a few new players who have not played in this game. But we do have several players who have so I hope the rest can look to them for their experience.
"It will probably be the biggest crowd of the season and a great atmosphere. Obviously there is no love lost between the two sets of supporters. Both grounds are very tight and it is always nice to to have six or seven thousand people close to the pitch."
Barker does have great memories of other local derbies. "At Rotherham our big one was always against Shefield Wednesday so to score a last minute winner at Hillsborough is one of the higlights of my career so far.
"Winning a local derby is nice but at the end of the day there are still only three points up for grabs."
Manager Peter Shirtliff said: "I am sure the lads are looking forward to the game as much as me.
"We had two good games with Notts last season which finished 2-2 and 3-2 and hopefully Saturday's game will be as entertaining with us getting the right result at the end of it.
"Our home form has been very good and I am looking for that to continue.
"Notts have had a good start and it will their experience up against our youth."
Stags will definitely be without knee injury victims Simon Brown and Michael Boulding, who is awaiting the results of a scan.
But Gareth Jelleyman is back in training after shaking off a hamstring strain picked up in last weekend's defeat at Walsall and should be in the squad.
Stephen Dawson is available again after a one-game ban and Alan Sheehan completes his first month on lon from Leicester City, though the Foxes have agreed he can now stay for another month at Field Mill.
Three former Stags return to Field Mill with Notts County - keeper Kevin Pilkington, striker Junior Mendes and assistant boss John Gannon.
But ex-Forest striker Jason Lee misses the game through suspension.
The game kicks off early at 2pm to allow fans to get to see the England international at 5pm.
Notts have sold out of their full 1,700 ticket allocation and no way fans will be allowed to pay on the day. Gates will open at 12.30pm.
Shirtliff eyes Sheehan extension
Mansfield Town manager Peter Shirtliff is hoping to extend Alan Sheehan's stay at Field Mill.
Sheehan's one-month loan deal with the League Two outfit comes to an end following the weekend visit of Notts County.
The 20-year-old has made six appearances for The Stags since his switch from Leicester City at the beginning of September.
Shirtliff is keen to hang onto the left back with his defensive options already at a minimum and is confident the feeling is shared by Sheehan.
"I think he would be happy to stay," Shirtliff said.
Meanwhile, Shirtliff has vowed to stick with goalkeeper Jason White despite his howler in the 4-0 defeat to Walsall.
White let a tame free kick slip through him but Shirtliff will keep his faith in the 20-year-old against The Magpies.
"I am sticking with him for Saturday because he is mentally tough enough to deal with it," Shirtliff told the Nottingham Evening Post.
"No keeper in the world can say they have never dropped a clanger, but it goes with the territory that you make less mistakes the more experienced you are."