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Steve Cotterill reflects on Town's loss against Bolton Wanderers

2 October 2021

Steve Cotterill reflects on Town's Sky Bet League One away loss against Bolton Wanderers.

Shrewsbury Town's afternoon at the University of Bolton Stadium came to an end with Town losing out 2-1 to Ian Evett's Bolton Wanderers.

Despite Town notching a late free-kick from Luke Leahy, the home side remained resolute to ensure all three points remained in Greater Manchester.

Town's Manager Steve Cotterill was disappointed with the result and was frustrated that his team couldn't capitalise on the chances created.

On the result:

"We've come to another place where we should have left with a result. Disappointment is always the keyword on the day. Apart from a mad few minutes between 17 and 23, I thought we put in a good performance. It's a tough venue and it's a tough place to get a result. We've conceded goals that we've worked on avoiding this week - that's the most disappointing thing.

"Their goal was against the run of play and we had the better chances. We should have scored before they got the opener and we had an opportunity to score right after they did. We could have had four before half time. If we had been more clinical, the score could have been 4-2 to us at half time.

"Anyone can miss a penalty, no one will ever get singled out. We win as a team and we lose as a team. Our goal came a little bit too late and we needed it a little bit earlier, and then I think we could have maybe got an equaliser at the end. The opportunities we calved out today were better than where Bolton scored their goals from.

"We have to be ruthless with our chances and we have to be more aggressive up front; whoever plays. We've created more chances than them today. They would have had more possession than us but that's what happens when you play against a 4-3-3. We need to turn all of our chances into goals and we have to carry on working on the things we're doing. We are creating but we need to make sure we're sticking them away during important times of the game."

Josh Vela update:

"Josh Vela wasn't close enough today, to be honest. He's doing some light training because this injury is a real tricky one. If he gets into a skirmish, which he would because that's what Josh Vela does, it could rule him out for a couple of months and we don't want that with him."

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