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Steve Cotterill previews League One clash at Wycombe

11 August 2022

Shrewsbury boss Steve Cotterill spoke to the press ahead of the trip to Wycombe on Saturday.

Town head to Adams Park on the back of beating Carlisle in the League Cup on Tuesday night. 

That match saw Dan Udoh make his first start of the season – with the striker also netting his first goal of the campaign after recovering from an ankle injury. 

Alongside giving his thoughts on Wycombe and Udoh’s goalscoring return, Cotterill also gave an update on the fitness of Elliott Bennett and Aiden O’Brien. 

And the boss also discussed Town being drawn against Burnley in the second round of the Carabao Cup – with Cotterill having spent three years managing the Clarets from 2004 to 2007.  

ON THE VICTORY OVER CARLISLE: 

"The win the other night was welcome. I think it was good for the players to get that first win of the season. 

"There were some good performances against Carlise. I was pleased with a lot of the individual performances. 

"There were times when the collective bits to our game weren’t there but we will carry on working to improve them."

ON WYCOMBE:

"I watched them in the play-offs last year. Gareth (Ainsworth) has been there a long time now. 

"It’s always good when you have been in charge of a club for a while because it gives you time to build, to change players around, to get players right and get players wrong. 

"I think he has done a good job at Wycombe and he seems to enjoy it there. He doesn’t seem to want to move on anywhere. 

"He has shown good loyalty to them and they have shown the same to him. 

"They have got a very experienced side. That is what we are up against and we have to make sure we are streetwise this weekend. They are very dangerous."

ON DAN UDOH:

"He was a little bit sore yesterday but there haven’t been any repercussions. He is okay today. 

"We don’t anticipate any problems with Dan."

ON ELLIOTT BENNETT AND AIDEN O’BRIEN: 

"I’d like to say Elliott is going to be longer because that’s what’s in the plan if you know what I mean. 

"With Aiden, he is going for a recheck tomorrow. He is better, whether that is better enough. He is going down to London tomorrow for a recheck. 

"He won’t be available for the weekend. But hopefully things are progressing. His treatment is a little more day-by-day. 

"It’s just about getting to that point where he feels no pain. 

"With Elliott, Elliott is coming on well but there is still work to do. What we have to do is make sure Elliott isn’t rushed back. 

"Because there was a stitching job that needed doing in there, we have to make sure that heals properly before we put him under any stress or duress on that ankle. 

"That one is a bit more long-term, hopefully not too long. He is getting better. There is a progression there. And the sooner those two players are available the better for us." 

ON SQUAD'S FITNESS: 

"We got a few knocks, which you always get, but I’m anticipating everyone else will be okay."

ON BURNLEY CUP DRAW: 

"It’s strange having played them in pre-season. But it’s funny how the first games of the season and cup games always throw up connections. 

"It’s not just my connection. Brian Jensen (goalkeeping coach) has a connection with Burnley. 

"Just before that, Stockport were in the hat – that would have been a connection with Aaron Wilbraham (assistant manager). 

"There were a few. Dave Longwell (first-team coach) knows Jesse Marsch (Leeds manager) from his time out in America and Leeds were still in the pot at the time. 

"We were just hoping that when it got down to those last two balls that we were going to be the home team. 

"Thankfully, we got pulled out to be the home and, for me, it’s great that it’s against Burnley because I’ve got lots of fond memories from my time there. 

"There are some top, top, people up there. It’s one to look forward to. 

"The idea for us is to get as far as we can in the competition. Make a few quid and do well."

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