Steve Cotterill reflects on Town’s fantastic win at home against Cheltenham Town on Saturday.
Shrewsbury Town took the lead in the 11th minute thanks to Dan Udoh’s header but their lead was cancelled out almost immediately. Cheltenham’s goal scorer was Andy Williams, he slotted a squared ball home from close range just five minutes later.
Tom Bloxham was then dismissed but the man advantage didn’t help Cheltenham as Shrewsbury added another two goals in the second half. Udoh and David Davis added a second and third respectively to secure the points for Salop.
On the performance:
“We started brilliantly. I think it was just what happened after such a good start, there was a step back, and that was the disappointing bit. We allowed them into the game and they got the equaliser and as the half develops they finish stronger and we go in on a really low point – down to ten men. I haven’t seen the incident back, genuinely, so I can’t honestly comment it was right or wrong. If Tom’s in the wrong, he’ll be fined for it just like every other player.
“We were disappointed to go down to ten men, you end up playing a counter-attacking game but, when playing a counter-attacking game, you can only counter-attack from an organised position, you can’t counter-attack if you are disorganised and we were organised today, all over the pitch."
On the stand-out performers:
“I thought Dan Udoh had improved and last year I thought there was growth in him and there was opportunity for improvement but more than that, he was a good lad. He deserves everything.
“He’s [David Davis] alright because he’s just had three weeks rest so we weren’t worried about his fitness,” he joked, “more him missing and them counter-attacking us. I think the sending off against Sunderland was very, very harsh – which is why I appealed it – but it just goes to show the team spirit.
“Marko Marosi played his best game for us today, I thought he was outstanding. I think the supporters, the media and his teammates all saw why we signed him today and he’s set himself a level today that he’s got to stick to.”