Steve Cotterill spoke to the media after today’s game against Doncaster Rovers.
Town went three goals up in the first half thanks to Dan Udoh, Ryan Bowman, and Shaun Whalley and were looking good for the victory.
However, Doncaster pulled three goals back in the second half to rescue a point at Montgomery Waters Meadow.
Cotterill said he wasn’t surprised by the result but said it was a huge disappointment to drop two points this afternoon.
On the game:
“We probably didn’t deserve to be three goals up at half-time and there was a bit of a whiff of that second-half performance at the back end of the first half which was why I was agitated today. There were things in our play that I haven’t seen [before], so I wouldn’t say it was a surprise. I wanted to keep a clean sheet today – it was one of the first things I put on the board – because even if you don’t add to your tally, you’ve got three points but there was that sloppiness in us today at times and that final goal sums it up for us. We give away a silly free-kick that we don’t need to give away – he’s not going anywhere – we don’t defend the cross, the ball is going out wide and it’s in the 94th minute and we try and keep the ball in play when we don’t need to keep it in play. If we boot it into the crowd, the game is done. We don’t do that, the ball comes in play, we don’t stop the cross going into the box, and because of that, they’ve got an overload on the far post. The ball drops to them and the ball ends up in the back of our net.
“We’ve made mistakes for the goals today that have been unlike us so yeah, I’m really disappointed today. I’m disappointed with the performance today, even if you want to talk about the first half and the three goals, whilst we scored good goals, we didn’t have that [extra bit of quality] in our play that we’ve had in recent weeks.”
On the positives from the game:
“It’s hard at the moment to be fair because after being three-nil up, I’ve just said to the boys in there that they now understand why I was agitated at half-time. I spoke calmly but I was agitated and it’s just a huge disappointment because we’ve let go of two points today, and only ended up picking up a point in a game where we were three goals up, so there’s obviously a learning curve in that today for the boys.”
On Elliott Bennett:
“Benno is still in a boot at the minute. He hasn’t had a scan yet but he’ll be having a scan later this week.”