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Steve Cotterill previews Town's clash with Ipswich Town

7 October 2021


Steve Cotterill previews Town's clash with Ipswich Town

7 October 2021

Steve Cotterill previews Town's Sky Bet League One away clash with Ipswich Town.

Shrewsbury Town return to Sky Bet League One action this weekend with an away fixture against Paul Cook's Ipswich Town.

Salop will be looking to earn all three points against the Tractor Boys following on from Town's 3-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers' under 21's in the Papa John's Trophy.

Prior to the press conference, Town's Manager expressed his support to Salop defender Elliott Bennett who recently faced a family bereavement.

Elliott Bennet:

"Elliott rang me around lunchtime yesterday and we had a lengthy chat," said Steve. "It's really sad news. His father had been poorly for a little while and I don't quite know what you say when someone shares that sad news. He loved his dad immensely and his father was his biggest fan. It was really, really sad yesterday and our love goes out to him. The boys will rally around him and our loving blanket goes around him. He's got lots of people here that he can talk to. When you're a young man, it's incredibly difficult losing people from your life."

Steve is expecting a stern test from the Suffolk side but hopes to see his side put in a good performance away from home.

On the fixture:

"I think we have an idea of their team and it won't change dramatically even though they have lots of players because Paul Cook has already been through that and made changes. We could probably guess eight or nine of their players and we have to work on the theory of what we think their team will be.

"First and foremost, you have to work on strengths and weaknesses all around the pitch. The lads will know every player's strengths and weaknesses. By the time we complete our preparation on Friday, everyone will know what they have to do. That's not just on the strikers, that's on the right-back, central midfield and everywhere else. A few of our lads would have played against some of their lads before so they will have an idea of what they're coming up against.

"Ipswich is a fantastic club and one of those places to go and play football. They have fantastic fans and it's one of those grounds where you expect a good atmosphere. It's good for our lads to go there and play, similar to Bolton last week."

Squad update:

"The only other lad who has a knock is George Nurse and we'll have to see how he is tomorrow morning. Other than that, everyone is ok."


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