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Steve Cotterill reflects on Town's draw with Charlton Athletic

5 December 2020

Steve Cotterill reflects on Town's 1-1 draw with Lee Bowyer's Charlton Athletic.

Shrewsbury Town extended the unbeaten run to three games after securing a late point against a strong Charlton Athletic.

Despite going a goal down, Steve Cotterill’s men fought until the end of the fixture and managed to secure a last-minute goal through Ollie Norburn to earn a point.

Town’s Manager was pleased with the performance and felt his team deserved to walk away from the tie with all three points.

On the performance:

“I think we did enough in the last 20 minutes to win the game. We had better chances and more shots on target, so I thought we deserved to win the game in the end.

“We looked like it was our third game in six days and Charlton had an extra day in between in the week. The turn-around has been incredibly tight but I hope the players realise how far they have come in the last week.

“It has been incredibly difficult with a lot crammed in during a short space of time. Towards the end, we did enough to win the game. We had some great chances and their keeper made some great saves. He is a top-class keeper and he’s one of the best in the league.

“Their substitutions came on and had a big impact on the game. I’m still getting to know what we’ve got and getting to know the boys. We now have an opportunity on Tuesday to have a look at lads who haven’t had a game.”

On the Town squad developing:

“Ollie has been top class since I first came through the door. I had a chat with him early on about captaincy and we had a great chat. We have some really good lads in there.

“We will get better on the ball as time goes on. We’ve played against two top teams and have deserved to win both. We have a real tough month but I thought our lads were brilliant today – we are looking forward to another week now.

“If you can’t win, don’t get beat. If you go behind, keep playing until the final whistle – that’s what we did today and that’s why we got the rewards.”

On the fans:

“They have been great. When we were pushing at the end, the fans with their noise gave the lads that little bit more encouragement to give it that little bit more - they helped us get that equaliser.”

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