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Steve Cotterill reflects on today's draw in Bristol

27 August 2022

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Steve Cotterill spoke to the press after today's draw with Bristol Rovers at The Memorial Stadium.

Shrewsbury Town drew 1-1 with their hosts on Saturday afternoon. Ryan Loft opened the scoring for Rovers but Ryan Bowman cancelled it out in the 80th minute with a poacher's finish from a few yards out.

The Bristol City legend and his team received a cold welcome and played in front of an unforgiving atmosphere at The Mem stadium. However, Salop held firm and created plenty of chances during the 103-minute game.

Cotterill discussed the game, Ryan Bowman - who scored his first goal of the season - and Dan Udoh in his post-match interview.

On the game:

"It's an unforgiving place to come as you've experienced after the final whistle but it is what it is. You have to stand up and be counted and I felt as though we did that today. It's a tough venue and there's a lot of desire for them today to beat us with all the Bristol City connections we've got in our football club but I thought the boys were really good to a man today. 

"We had a game in mid-week as well. They've had a clear week so I thought it was a huge effort for our boys today so I'm delighted for their efforts and their application. I just feel that with our opportunities and the efforts we've had on goal, we've got to take them. We've got to take those chances.

"We had 20 efforts on goal today which will be more than them. I think their first shot on target is what they've scored with."

On picking up five points from the opening three away games: 

Of course [I'm happy to take the points]. We have come to some tough venues this was going to be a tough game today.  

When a team gets a clear week it's very difficult. We are perhaps coming to a rival because of the Bristol City players in our squad so it was going to be a tough game for us. 

On the change in formation: 

“Yeah [it had the desired effects]. This pitch has quite a slope on [it], and I didn’t want to get pinned back into a five which could have happened today because there was a little bit of tiredness creeping in, and it was another warm day.  

I thought the 4-3-3 would get us a higher press and get us up the field and it did that as it gave us more of the ball and chances certainly in that second half so yeah, I'm really pleased with how the lads adapted to that. The players are quite adaptable as we have done quite a few things and they adapted to that very quickly which I'm really pleased about.

I think that did get us back in the game but obviously we were that formation when we conceded the goal as well so it could have gone either way. 

On Ryan Bowman scoring his first goal of the season: 

“Yeah it was (a great poacher's finish). I think he could have scored before that because the keeper was off his line, and I just said to him that I fancied him to score that. It just sat up nice. He has to get better contact and take him out of the game. However, it wasn’t just Bowman who missed chances. The amount we had today we had far better chances and we could have been 4-0 up and they go and score."  

On Dan Udoh: 

“I don’t know if it was a knock or a twist. I have to be honest, when I look at that it bothers me as I don’t quite know yet. I'm bothered about a knee ligament but I'm not sure. 


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