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Steve Cotterill previews Town's fixture with MK Dons

14 October 2021

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Steve Cotterill previews Town's fixture with MK Dons

14 October 2021

Steve Cotterill previews Town's Sky Bet League One home fixture with MK Dons.

Shrewsbury Town return to Montgomery Waters Meadow this weekend for the latest Sky Bet League One encounter with MK Dons.

Following a narrow defeat away from home against Ipswich Town last time out, Steve Cotterill's men will be hoping to earn all three points over the Dons.

Prior to beginning Town's MK Dons press conference, Town's Manager provided an update on Town forward Ryan Bowman's health.

On Ryan Bowman:

"Ryan is ok, thankfully. He had some tests done earlier in the week and now he has some medication. He had to have his heart shocked back into beat. You don't want things to get to a stage where you can't do anything to help him. The one thing we need to keep going is our heart and thankfully his was strong enough to overcome the episode.

"He did some training this morning for the first time and he's got medication now that will hopefully help him if anything like that happens again. He saw the specialist earlier in the week in Manchester and there's no longer-lasting damage. He seems relieved like we all are, but thankfully he had good news at the end of it.

"The people at Ipswich were absolutely first-class during the incident. I spoke to Paul Cook and asked who their doctor was, and their doctor came straight to the bench and onto the pitch. He understood where Ryan was at, how many beats per minute were going through him, and looked after him until he got to the hospital. 

"After the game, we were sat around for a good few hours to see if we could take Ryan home with us. We couldn't do that so Rory and Gregg ended up bringing him up here. Ipswich were talking about being able to take Ryan home on Sunday if we were unable to. They were absolutely first-class and a big thank you has to go out to them."

On the fixture with mK:

"MK Dons have been playing a good brand of football for quite a few years now. They've changed their manager but they've gone back to playing the football they have played for a good few years. You have to prepare in and out of possession whether they're a direct team or a footballing team. We've done a fair chunk of that today and we'll finish off tomorrow. There are still things they do from last year and I think that will carry on with the players they have. They are doing well. We need to convert what we do on the training ground into results on a Saturday on a consistent basis - nothing changes there.

"Aaron Pierre, we'll know a little bit more about him tomorrow. Josh Vela won't be available this week and we'll know more about Josh Daniels tomorrow also. There are a few last-minute ones but we won't have Josh Vela back for Saturday. Everyone else is all good."

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