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Steve Cotterill reflects on Town's draw with Crewe Alexandra

11 September 2021

Steve Cotterill reflects on Town's Sky Bet League One 1-1 draw with visitors Crewe Alexandra.

Shrewsbury Town's afternoon in Shropshire resulted in Town earning a point against David Artell's Crewe Alexandra.

Despite taking the lead in the first-half, Sam Cosgrove's close-range goal was only enough to secure a point as the away side managed to draw level just before the half-time interval.

Town's Manager Steve Cotterill was pleased with the Salop performances but noted Town had chances to secure all three points.

On the result:

"It definitely could have been three points if we'd have defended their attack from the front better. It was a hard-fought game and a draw was probably a fair result on the day. It's always pleasing to get the goal but it's a pity that we couldn't get another one to build on top of it.

"It's difficult for the lads at the minute because they're in a bit of a strange place. We have a number of young lads and they don't quite know what to do in those moments. I thought the lads showed great character today. If you look at the game, they defended the box a couple of times very well. There were some fantastic blocks and some great tackles towards the end. 

"It's tough to take whenever a team scores against us, it doesn't matter what minute it's in. We had to get back in at half-time and regroup again. It was a poor time to concede a goal but you can't choose. We changed a couple of things at half-time tactically that helped us. When the game gets to 80 minutes on the clock, you're always fearful because you don't want the ball to end up in your net. We had a couple of chances.

"There has been a lot of work done on all aspects of the game this week. It has been a very tiring week for myself and the players. We will continue and we have a good group of lads, an incredibly supportive chairman and the fans got behind the lads again today. We thank them for all of their efforts as well."

On Aaron Pierre:

He's ok. He couldn't see out of one eye and he was dazed for a little bit. I think that probably showed because he was all over the place for five minutes. We kept him out there until he told us he couldn't see from his eye. He's ok now thankfully and it's a lot clearer."

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