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Steve Cotterill previews Town's final game of the season

29 April 2022


Steve Cotterill previews Town's final game of the season

29 April 2022

Steve Cotterill spoke to the press ahead of Town’s final game of the season as they host Wigan Athletic at Montgomery Waters Meadow.

A point will guarantee promotion for Wigan but only a win will ensure they get the Sky Bet League One title.

Shrewsbury will be looking to end their season on a high but Manager, Steve Cotterill, says he doesn’t expect a Shrewsbury win to spoil the visitor’s party tomorrow afternoon.

Speaking earlier this morning, Cotterill congratulated Wigan on a great season and thanked the fans as ticket sales for the game near 9,000.

On the game:

“It’s a game we’re looking forward to, there should be a full-house here and obviously it’s a big day for Wigan – they deserve to be top of the table and probably deserve to be promoted if I’m honest. We’re looking to do ourselves a favour and look after our own result so we know it’ll be a tough game but we’ll try and do our best.

“It’s going to take an awful set of results as far as Wigan are concerned for them to not get promoted. They’ll get promoted at the weekend without a shadow of a doubt, I can’t see all the other results going as badly for Wigan as they need to, so I think Wigan will be promoted but they’re going to want to come here and win the title – I would want to do the same – so we know there will be a lot of emotion involved but we’ve just got to make sure we’re in the game as much as them, that’s what we’ve got to try and do. We can’t worry about what Wigan are going to do and then also worry about what we’re going to do because that’s too much, we can only worry about what we’re going to do.

“A big congratulations to Wigan and to Leam [Richardson]. I think they’ve had a really solid season and they've gone and got results especially away from home - their away form is better than their home form - so that’s something we need to be mindful of. I know it’s a bit early to congratulate them but I think that’s what will happen for them at the weekend.”

On the players who have/could make 50 appearances this season:

“[50 games in a season] is a good achievement for those players [George Nurse (52), Luke Leahy (49), and Marko Marosi (49)]. You’ve got to get robust players in your recruitment if you can, people who can play that amount of games throughout a season. It’s really good for those lads and there are a few who are not far behind them such as Matthew Pennington, Elliott Bennett, and Dan Udoh will be another one so yeah, those players will be the ones who have clocked up quite a few games this season.”

On Shrewsbury’s squad for tomorrow:

“Pretty much like last weekend, that’s where we are. We may make one change in the team but I don’t see too many others if I’m honest.”

On almost 9000 tickets being sold:

“I’ve said that a lot in the last week but obviously it’s a time to thank them and I’m glad that we’re getting a full house because one thing is for sure: there will be a few rowdy Wiganers coming down here at the weekend! Hopefully, it can make for a really good atmosphere on a good day.”


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