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Steve Cotterill reflects on Town's loss against Ipswich Town

9 October 2021


Steve Cotterill reflects on Town's loss against Ipswich Town

9 October 2021

Steve Cotterill reflects on Town's 2-1 Sky Bet League One defeat away from home against Ipswich Town.

Shrewsbury Town were back on the road this weekend as Steve Cotterill's Salop faced off with Ipswich Town away from home.

Despite Town notching an equalising goal in the first half of the fixture, Paul Cook's men were able to find the winner in the second to ensure all three points remained at Portman Road.

Town's Manager Steve Cotterill was disappointed with the result and felt decisions went against his team on the day.

On the result:

"Ipswich have some very good players and we knew we would be up against it. We're left disappointed today when you look at the goals and the things that have gone against us. In the first 20 minutes, whilst they were playing with a decent tempo, we dealt with everything they had. We got back into the game with a great goal from Shaun Whalley but we are disappointed with their goals.

"We are disappointed with a few refereeing decisions today and we think that we should have had a penalty. We don't think their goal from the corner should have been a corner. Elliott Bennett let it go out because their lad has kicked it. Why would he let it go out when he could have kept it in. We know we have to defend the corner better and we just spoke about that. Late on, there should have been a penalty for Luke Leahy. Why would he go down when he's in a dangerous area to shoot or flick the ball back across. We felt a little bit hard-done-by today with a few things.

"Once you find out it should have been our penalty, once you find out whether it's a corner or not, there isn't a lot you can say because there isn't a lot we've done wrong today. A couple of decisions have swung against us and it's very difficult to be hard on the lads when you look at those decisions. We asked a few questions and we know we have to defend better. We have to defend the cross better and we have to defend the second ball. We have to tighten up and we know there's more to come from our lads. 

"We have a really good team spirit and I think we haven't had the rub of the green on a few occasions. That's happened in a few games this season and we hope that changes for us. But, we still need to do better in certain parts of our game. We need to be more ruthless in front of goal and we need to be tougher when we are defending in our own box. 

On Ryan Bowman and injuries:

"Aaron Pierre was tight with his Achilles so hopefully that's not too bad. The more worrying one is Ryan Bowman. He had heart palpatations. I am hoping we get good news and an update on him."


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