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Steve Cotterill reflects on Town's win over Wolves under 21's

5 October 2021

Steve Cotterill reflects on Town's 3-1 win over Wolves' under 21's in the Papa John's Trophy group stage.

Shrewsbury Town's second Papa John's Trophy group stage game ended with Salop securing a 3-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers' under 21's.

Despite going a goal down to the Premier League outfits academy, goals from Tom Bloxham, Louis Lloyd and Rekeil Pyke helped Town secure the win.

Town's Manager was pleased with Salop's second-half response and was delighted to see so many Town academy graduates playing their part.

On the fixture:

"Our first half performance was a little bit patchy but that happens when you put a team together that don't play together on a regular basis. We deliberately picked a young team tonight and our average age would have been around 22. I thought it was a good game for those lads and it's a pity that we had to play our centre-backs. We've got more attacking players coming through the system and it was a good game for those lads.

"It was important for them fitness-wise and important to get rhythm, It's always difficult for them because they haven't played together, I thought we were ok in the first half up until they scored. The goal changed that and affected the mindset.

"In the second half, we did more of the things we've been working on very lightly but you don't have much turn-around between games. In the second half, we did the things we've been working on in training and that was pleasing. The lads were much better and we deservedly won the game."

On Callum Wilson's debut:

"Callum tonight was excellent and I was really, really pleased for him. He's such a nice lad and you always want your debut to be a memorable one. The lads just gave him a round of applause in there and that was nice."

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