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Steve Cotterill reflects on Town's draw with Sunderland

23 November 2021


Steve Cotterill reflects on Town's draw with Sunderland

23 November 2021

Steve Cotterill reflects on Town's Sky Bet League One home draw with Sunderland.

Shrewsbury Town's evening against Lee Johnson's Sunderland ended with the two teams sharing the points.

Despite going down to 10 men during the first half, Town displayed their character to battle back from goal down to ensure at least a point remained in SY2.

Town's Manager Steve Cotterill was pleased with his team and felt Salop could have won the game despite being down to 10 men.

On the fixture:

"This is a very good point against a very good team. The circumstances were difficult enough before the game having lost three defenders from Saturday. It got even more difficult with 10 men. This was the second game with us playing with 10 men.

"It looked like we had learnt from Saturday tonight in there. We don't want to get used to that but I thought the lads were brilliant tonight. This is the best result, without it being a win, we've had since I've been at the club because of the circumstances surrounding the game.

"There were three great chances early on that we could have scored from and that would have put us in charge of the game then. We had another chance just after the sending off  and that could have been four. Their goal and the sending off rocked us but not for long. That was the most pleasing thing for me. We showed mental toughness to not let that get to us.

"You have to stay in games, you have to be tough and you have to do the horrible things. It's not all about having possession but saying that we did that very well. I haven't seen the red card yet so I don't know if it was or not. I thought tonight we were great even with 10 men.

"The reason Dan strikes such a good ball is because he practises. He works really hard at his game. The improvement he's shown in his game in a short space of time has been huge. He's really popular in the dressing room and a special boy. I love him and I'm so pleased for him."


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