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5th December 2005 22:01

mansfieldtown.net reports an interview with Peter Shirtliff on the third round draw:

"I actually missed the draw as I was at friends house, but as you would imagine as the draw was made my phone started ringing. I didn't realise at first that we had drawn Newcastle away I automatically thought it was a home draw because of the way it was said to me but then I realised it was away at Newcastle and I think that it is a great draw for the football club.

"I would imagine that there will be a big crowd, massive compared to what our players are used to playing in front of. But, at the end of the day it is an occasion we can look forward to but we have to concentrate and focus on our league games preceding that." He said.

With 21 points to play for in the league over the festive period Shirtliff is adamant that his players should put the idea of the Newcastle game out of their heads for now and stay focussed on the league games.

"We have some very important games to play before the cup game and they are my priority. We have made an improvement in our league form and I suppose that a tasty draw in the cup is just rewards for all the hard work that the players have put in, but, at the end of the day if we don't carry on with that good work and stay focussed we could still easily slip up" he added.

With a potentially bumper pay day coming the Stags way Shirtliff will be assessing the squad before tapping the chairman for a few quid.

"I will be assessing the situation over the next few games which will be coming at us thick and fast and I will decide whether we need to add to strengthen the squad then we will talk about it."


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