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Steve Cotterill reflects on Town's narrow Burton Albion defeat

7 August 2021

Steve Cotterill reflects on Town's narrow one-goal loss against visitors Burton Albion.

Shrewsbury Town's opening fixture of the 2021/22 campaign came to an end with Burton Albion securing a narrow one-goal win.

Despite Town troubling the away side continually in the second-half, Jimmy Floyd Hassellbaink's men stood firm to see out the lead.

Town's boss Steve Cotterill was disappointed with the final result but felt encouraged by his team's performance in the second period.

On the result:

"We definitely deserved to get a result out of that game. The chances we created in the second-half were far better than the first. We wasted the first and we looked a little bit nervous. We were by far the better team in the second but Burton's defending in their own box was first class.

"The number of blocks they got in was a credit to them, they protected that one goal very well. Maybe if we'd have got that goal back, we could have gone on to win the game. We just needed something to drop our way. You don't want to go a goal down and we know what Burton are about.  It's a disappointing way to start, we wouldn't have wanted that but I don't think it was deserved."

On Ethan Ebanks-Landell confirmed as Captain:

"He's very good in and around training, and he encourages people on. He helps lads out and he's very experienced. I thought that he showed good captain credentials in pre-season."

On the fans returning:

"It was good to see the stadium with so many supporters here today. They appreciated the players' efforts today and on another day they could be going home with us having three points in the bag. The first day of the season is always tricky for everyone."

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