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In opposition: Shrewsbury Town - what they're saying

10 December 2021

Steve Cotterill took over the reigns as manager of Shrewsbury Town on November 27, 2020 – days after the departure of Sam Ricketts from the position.

His first game in charge was a 1-0 win at home to Oxford City in the second round of the 2020/21 Emirates FA Cup. Prior to his arrival at Shrewsbury, Cotterill had served several managerial positions with clubs such as Cheltenham Town, Burnley and Bristol City.

As a player, Cotterill is most widely known for his time served with Burton Albion (1987-89), where he scored more than 40 goals for the Millers. He would finish his playing career with AFC Bournemouth (1993-96), scoring 18 league goals in 55 starts for the Cherries. He would earn a hat-trick of Player of the Season awards for Bournemouth, before his career was cut short due to a knee injury.

 

Manager Steve Cotterill spoke with the media this week: 

 

On the hectic fixture list for his team:

“I want us to be as competitive as we possibly can. If that means we get a bump or a bang, then we get a bump or a bang. You can’t save yourself for the next game. The time when you start pulling out of challenges and stop competing is when you will get injured.

“You can’t prepare the travelling in them. Going to Carlisle, coming back, going to Wigan, coming back, going to Doncaster, you can’t prepare for that. It’s not an ideal week for us with regards to all of that, we’ll prepare the best we can. There’s not a lot more we can do. You’ve got to look after them, you’ve got to make sure they understand what they’re doing and what the game plan is in a short period of time. Rather than going into so much detail, you can hopefully get in what are going to be the relevant points of the game."

On assessing the loss to Wigan on Wednesday evening:

“It was a bitter one. It happened to us when we scored a last-minute goal the other week. So, you know the euphoria from that – and now we feel, obviously, the opposite. We deserved the get a result out of that tonight.

“It’s incredibly difficult really. You want the substitutes to do better than they do when they go on.”

On Doncaster Rovers:

“We know very little at the moment if I’m brutally honest. Yesterday was the first time we’ve looked at them and it’s very difficult because they’ve obviously changed manager. You’ll try and see if there are too many differences. I’d probably know what they’d do if Richie Wellens was in charge because I’d have seen more of them. That’s changed slightly, we looked at them in detail yesterday and we’ll follow that up this morning.” 

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