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Post Cheltenham | Steve Cotterill

29 December 2022


Post Cheltenham | Steve Cotterill

29 December 2022

Shrewsbury Town boss Steve Cotterill met with the press after our game with Cheltenham Town.

Shrewsbury Town fell to a frustrating defeat at Montgomery Waters Meadow on Thursday night. 

However, the main talking point was the double sending-off that took place in the 69th minute of the game. Following a late challenge from Charlie Raglan on Jordan Shipley, a brawl ensued that saw both Raglan and Luke Leahy given straight red cards.

The boss provided his take on the game, the double red card and the multitude of chances his side had during the game.

On the game:

"We're disappointed, obviously. I think they only got in our half once in the first half with a one-two down the side and all of a sudden we're one nil down. But by then we should've been three or four nil up. That can happen when you don't take your chances and I think when they got the goal, we probably lost our way a little bit until half-time. We regrouped again at half-time.

"(We) probably could've scored two or three in that first half. Over that right-hand side, we've had balls flash wide of the post. By the time the sending-off comes - I haven't been in to see a referee yet this season but I had to go in there. The footage is horrendous - it's a leg-breaking tackle.

"Luke Leahy comes across and the referee hasn't given a foul which is why Luke's come across. The referee can give a foul there. I've just been in to see him and he knows he's made a mistake but where does that get us? Jordan Shipley could've had a broken leg tonight. I've got the picture here, the still of it - it's horrendous. It's a bad tackle and we end up getting a man sent off and that's not where we want to be in that. We don't want anyone sent off.

"The referee could've stopped all that tonight if he'd booked their goalkeeper for wasting time in the first 15 minutes, the game would've flowed then."

On Shrewsbury's chances:

"I think we've had some great efforts, some great headers and a shot flashed wide of the post. I haven't seen the stats from tonight's game but it will be interesting to look back at them.

"There's nothing we can do about it. It's a really sore one."

On Elliott Bennett and Aiden O'Brien:

"We can't give them too much time. While we'd have liked to have given them more airtime and got them out on the pitch quicker but we can't do it because they wouldn't have had it in their legs. It's just unfortunate - the situation we find ourselves in this week."


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