"I was very pleased the game was called off as the players were in no fit state to play.
"It was very distressing for them to see what happened on the pitch.
"We are now trying to get through it. It is difficult but we will do it.
"It will be particularly hard for the goalkeepers who had quickly struck up a nice relationship with him, and Kevin Pressman was also a friend of his from their days together at Leicester City."
"I am still in shock. I am still expecting him to come in tomorrow and do the coaching.
"I was in the dressing room when they told me Peter had collapsed. The emergency services did all they could but it wasn't to be.
"But, knowing Peter as I did, he wouldn't want us moping around as a result of his death.
"It's going to be hard but, by Saturday, we don't want long faces here."
Speaking about the forthcoming clash with Stockport, Shirtliff said "I tell you now, this will be a very difficult game for us and we will have to be right on top of our game to get the victory we require.
"Stockport do concede but they also score a lot and are the League's draw specialists."
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