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Steve Cotterill reflects on today's game with Accrington

6 August 2022

Steve Cotterill spoke to the media after today's game against Accrington Stanley at Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Town fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat on Saturday afternoon after Tommy Leigh headed home the only goal of the game.

Salop were reduced to ten men in controversial circumstances when Tom Flanagan was dismissed for two yellow cards in a matter of seconds.

Cotterill discussed the sending off, Town's opportunities to score, and the positive of seeing Dan Udoh come back from an ankle injury. 

On the game:

"Missed chances and I still don't quite get the sending-off. I don't know how he's come up with two yellow cards in that little scuffle. For spinning the lad around - that's definitely a yellow card - but I didn't see anything else in there, he's actually trying to take their lad away from Marko [Marosi] so I don't know how the ref's come up with two yellow cards in that space of time. The sending-off has cost us the game along with the missed chances we've had when we've been in control of the game. We've had more chances, more shots, more efforts on target, and I think the only reason possession stats will be down today is because we were down to ten men for so long."

On Town's opportunities:

"We had some good opportunities but we've got to hit the target and score when we get those opportunities and be more ruthless - that's the bottom line. If we end up doing that, we don't have to worry about the sending off because we'd be a couple of goals to the good.

"It's a game we could've got something out of. It's the same thing we've had from the word go: we don't take our chances often enough when we're on top in a game and that can be the difference."

On Accrington's goal:

"It could've been closed down by two players and then we've got on the wrong side for the header - we need to be on the inside of the player where we can defend it, not on the outside - so that's why he gets a clear header. From our point of view, it's not good at all."

On Dan Udoh:

"He wasn't ready to start this game but it's great to have Dan back and I'm pleased he's not feeling that troubling ankle that he had in pre-season. Hopefully, that situation is cleared up for him."

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