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Steve Cotterill previews Town's first home game of the season

5 August 2022

Steve Cotterill spoke to the press earlier today to discuss tomorrow's game against Accrington Stanley at Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Salop look to build on their opening day point when they welcome Accrington Stanley to Shropshire tomorrow afternoon.

In Accrington's squad is former Shrewsbury Town midfielder Shaun Whalley who made over 250 appearances for Town over a seven-year-long stint prior to leaving the club at the end of last season.

Cotterill discussed the game, Shaun's return, and provided injury updates on Dan Udoh and Aiden O'Brien.

On Accrington:

"We’re looking forward to it. It’ll be a tough game because John’s [Coleman] done a very good job at Accrington and I think they’re a good side, a good league one team who have progressed over the years and consolidated themselves into a good League One team now. It’s a tough game for us but we are looking forward to it.

"We’ve seen a bit [of Accrington] from pre-season, but you can’t go off pre-season too much because the teams are jumbled around a fair bit. Obviously, I’ve watched the game against Charlton with the staff so yeah, we’ll be working off that. I don’t know if there will be too many changes to their team – there could be one or two without letting everyone know what we think they could be – but that’s down to John and his staff to decide who that’s going to be.

"I think the games against them that we’ve had so far have had plenty of goalmouth action so yeah, there’s no reason why it won’t be an exciting game. It’s still early in the season, there’s still a freshness and I think a lot of players are still trying to find their feet in John’s team and in my team I imagine."

On Shaun Whalley:

"I am [looking forward to seeing him again]. Shaun was one of the first players I inherited when I came in the door and he played a big part for me – certainly in that first month before I caught COVID – so he was really important and has been important ever since. Thankfully he got sorted out with a contract at Accrington and he gets to spend a bit more time with his family."

On Dan Udoh:

"The latest is good news actually because Dan has been training so we’re delighted with that. Thankfully, he went along and saw a very good ankle specialist which has hopefully cleared up a lot of the problem for Dan."

On Aiden O'Brien:

"Aiden's still a slow one. He had an injection earlier in the week so that's not progressed as quickly as we'd have liked. He's probably no better or worse than he was last weekend."

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