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Steve Cotterill previews Saturday's game with Ipswich Town

18 August 2022

Steve Cotterill spoke to the press ahead of Saturday's game at home to Ipswich Town.

Following an impressive performance against Derby County in mid-week, Salop welcome Ipswich Town to Montgomery Waters Meadow this weekend.

Town's match-up against the current league leaders will be their fifth game in 14 days.

Cotterill discussed the start to the season, Saturday's opponents, provided an injury update on Ryan Bowman and praised Marko Marosi's recent performances.

On Town's start to the season:

"Yeah of course (I'm happy with how things are going). There have been some good performances hence the turnaround in results. We've just got to try and keep it going now.

"We always knew we'd have a tough start. Accrington is a tough game and Morecambe away on the first day of the season is tough too. But this week emphasises that especially when you look at the league position of the teams and the stature of the football clubs."

On having so many games:

"You get ready for games as best you can. You get very little turnaround time in these games because the turnover of games is so quick. You've got to make sure there is enough energy in them to be able to go again so I think there will be a fair bit of work we do in the classroom rather than out on the pitch if you know what I mean. There will be a meeting as usual. That might cover some stuff we can't do on the training ground but we'll be back out there tomorrow and hopefully finish off our preparation."

On Ipswich:

"They're the early leaders but I'm sure that even though they're top of the table, they won't say they've had any easy games. We know the challenge that lies ahead. There aren't too many changes to their side from last season. Some changes in the forward areas and maybe one or two in the wing-back positions but once you've played against these teams and the formations they can play, you pretty much know what you're up against and they'll say the same thing about us."

On the home support:

"We always need the fans behind us because we will come up against teams like Derby and Ipswich who will fill that end. Normally when we play those games, our fans are up for the challenge and I think they have been. Hopefully, that'll continue."

On Ryan Bowman:

"He's better than what he was. Tomorrow is a big day for him but he's far better than he was. He's been out on the grass this morning but hopefully, there are no setbacks. There's been a rapid improvement in him this week so I'd be upset if he wasn't available for selection for Saturday's game."

On Marko Marosi:

"We're always pleased when our lads get into the Team of the Week. Marko's in the top six goalkeepers in the league without a shadow of a doubt. He might be in the top three or four if you look at just permanent signings and not loan signings who have come from Premier League or Championship clubs."


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