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Steve Cotterill reflects on Salop's Boxing Day victory

26 December 2021

Steve Cotterill gave his thoughts on Shrewsbury Town’s thrilling 3-0 win away from home at Fleetwood Town.

The first half had little to offer but Salop turned it on in the second period, scoring three goals and keeping the Cod Army out at the other end. 

Ryan Bowman opened the scoring and Josh Vela made it two before Dan Udoh rounded off a brilliant Boxing Day result. 

On the performance: 

“We're really pleased because obviously, our away form, everybody talks about it, but what they do is they forget how we've performed in some of these games and we've deserved more on the road than we've actually got. Today I thought we got exactly what we deserved which was a win away from home and I just thought we were good today, it all clicked and I’m delighted. Delighted for the players first and foremost, because they’re the ones that go out there, they have been suffering for that. I’m delighted for our supporters who have travelled a long way you know, it's a long way to come on the day and I thought that they were magnificent today!” 

On the goals: 

“Great, great pass from Luke Leahy and a brilliant run from Nathanael [Ogbeta]. The ball across the box was fantastic and Ryan Bowman, you know that's what he does, that's what we brought him to the club for. He sniffs out those goals and that got us a good start, but we know then we certainly needed another goal, and thankfully we got that one with Josh [Vela]. A little bit of movement, something he’s been working on, got him into that area where he's always dangerous anyway, and things we've worked on in training, it's great to see some of them come to fruition now. 

"The trouble is the other two goals were good, but then we're going to come to Dan Udoh’s and it's absolutely unbelievable, what a strike. I thought he had a little bit of a quieter game in the first half and I don't mind saying that because when he came out in the second half, there isn’t a goalkeeper out there that saves that, it's absolutely world-class.” 

On the clean sheet: 

“I thought, right at the end, that they might nick a goal. There was a ball that just dropped over everyone – probably the first ball that Matthew Pennington didn't head today. He was another one that was magnificent, along with the other two in the back three, I thought they were fantastic today. Elliott Bennett, David Davis in midfield, it was nice that Marko [Marosi] didn't have too much to do today.” 

On Aaron Pierre: 

“He tested positive on a lateral flow test just before Christmas. He tested positive when we did all our group of testing and since then he's ended up then testing negative on a lateral flow test but, because the place that ends up doing the PCR tests are not open until the 28th, we can't actually get the results back of his PCR test, so we just have to wait and see what happens with that one on the 28th. He's okay, he's not symptomatic or anything.” 

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