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Post Bolton | Steve Cotterill

10 December 2022


Post Bolton | Steve Cotterill

10 December 2022

Manager Steve Cotterill praised the character of his players following Shrewsbury's thrilling 3-2 win over Bolton.

Rob Street produced an excellent finish to net his first Town goal after just two minutes at Montgomery Waters Meadow.

But a Dion Charles double ensured Bolton were ahead with less than 20 minutes remaining.

Town, though, went on to show bundles of character and spirit to turn the game around and secure their third successive victory.

Christian Saydee pulled us level with a fine close-range finish. And then in stoppage time, Chey Dunkley scored an outstanding header to clinch the come-back win.

Speaking to the media post-match, Steve discussed his team's display and praised the resilience of his team to turn the game around.

And the boss was also delighted with the performance of his goalscorers as well as Town's fans who sung their hearts out all afternoon.


"(It was) a great game. Ding dong wasn't it? Bolton are a good side, a really good side - we mustn't overlook that.

"It's a great win for us. They're a good team, a very good team.

"Whilst scoring early is a pleasure, it's great to score a late goal because Bolton are the kings of late goals.

"They're something like fifth in the table but if you took results up to the 85th minute, they'd be 18th in the table, so for us to put it on them late on in the game was good.

"We talked about what we were going to do if we got our noses in front and how we would set up and the 'what-if' scenarios.

"I'm delighted with how the boys were today. They were fantastic, absolutely fantastic. They've got a great character, we've talked about that until the cows come home but it was there today for all to see.

"And that's when you do want to see it. It's all well and good if they're happy all together in the canteen or on the training pitch, but it's here when it counts, in the arena.

"I don't think anyone has questioned them, but if anyone ever did I think that's the answer today.

"We're very lucky with the players we've got at this football club. Sometimes we don't win but they're always trying to win and I think they're a credit to the football club, I really do.

"They're all in and they're great lads, that was a big win for us today."


"I don't know how he jumped that high and headed it down, that was immense.

"That header was immense at the end. It's not a surprise that came from him. He's a huge guy, a huge character, his heart is massive, he gives his all to the team every single week.


"I’m absolutely delighted for the strikers today - for them two to score a goal today. 

"How they have been for weeks now – they’ve not got their rewards so I’m really pleased for them. 

"I fancied them today. I actually said before the game I fancied the pair of them to score. 

"I was basing that on what they’ve been like this week. I just fancied them today.

"I think Rob needed it more than Christian. But I thought Christian today, his performance – he was incredible. 

"Chey Dunkey, the header for his goal, was immense but I thought Christian Saydee’s performance today was top, top, draw. 

"I think that was Christian Saydee’s best game for us today.  I’m really pleased for all the lads. It was an incredible win today against a really good team.  

"I like Bolton, I like them as a football club. I liked them when Sam Allardyce was there and they used to upset all the odds. 

"And I think Ian (Evatt) is doing a really good job with them now. Their budget is probably three times ours. But it doesn’t matter, you have still got to use that budget wisely and I think he is doing a good job there."


"If only we could play here every week! 

"There is a feel-good factor around the place at the moment. We just have to make sure we keep a lid on that and be realistic with everything. 

"But this game, without the supporters, is nothing. 

"In recent times – you guys (the media) experienced it, but I didn’t because I wasn’t here through Covid. 

"I experienced it for a month and then I decided to pop on holiday for six months and not be here! 

"But the game is nothing without the supporters.  

"Bolton sold out their end today, they had an incredible following and our guys know then around the stadium they have to up for it in all four corners. 

"Otherwise the away team will come with that sort of following and drown us out but that didn’t happen. 

"We have given our guys some good possession and tempo at the end of the game so they can almost suck that winner in for us."


"Carl had a rocky moment, he had trouble breathing in the second half but I think he's okay now.

"We didn't know how long we could burn him in the second half."


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