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Post Lincoln | Steve Cotterill

3 December 2022


Post Lincoln | Steve Cotterill

3 December 2022

Manager Steve Cotterill met with the media following Shrewsbury's 2-0 victory over Lincoln.

Goals from Luke Leahy and Tom Bayliss saw Town secure a deserved win at Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Shrewsbury opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time when Luke Leahy converted a penalty after Jamie Robson had handled a cross from Taylor Moore in the box.

We then doubled our lead midway through the second half with an excellent team goal that ended with Jordan Shipley delivering a wonderful cross which Tom Bayliss converted.

During the game, Steve received a yellow card from referee Robert Madden for leaving his technical area. The boss then went and sat in the stands with supporters for a few minutes to calm down.

Speaking after the game, the boss discussed his team's performance, his yellow card and praised the performance of midfielders Luke Leahy and Carl Winchester.

And the boss also gave an update on injured duo Aiden O'Brien and Julien Dacosta - with the pair seeing a specialist in London on Thursday to see if they required surgery.

"I didn’t think we started the game well. We were very reactive in the first 20/30 minutes – it took us 30 minutes to really put something together which was very disappointing. 

"From then on we were a lot better. There was a stoppage in play in the first half and that helped us a little bit to gain a little bit of a grip. 

"Half-time is half-time but I thought in the second half, we were much better. 

"I’m pleased with how the goals were scored. You can see they are coming from the training ground – which I’m really pleased about. 

"Lincoln are a good team. They have had some good results this year and I think Mark (Kennedy) has done a really good job there, really good. 

"They are difficult to play against, they have lots of energy when they spring forward from those 10 positions. 

"But when they defend and drop into that 5-4-1, you have got make sure there are no stray passes, you have got to make sure you break the lines with your passes. 

"If you don’t do that they will counter-attack and they are on you. 

"I think early in the game we played too much with the ball at the back. It should be the other way around where we are trying to stretch them and turn them so we have the space to play. We got to grips with that eventually."


"I went into the stands myself. I just had to get away from things for 10 minutes. The officiating was getting on my nerves, to be honest. 

"What's good for one is good for another. We have had a booking. They have had three tackles after it and we don’t think they were bookings either, let alone ours. 

"You just want everything to be consistent. And when they talk about coming out of the technical area – everyone does it. What difference does it make? 

"We could just make them bigger. It’s nonsense. The rules and regulations that are going around in football at the moment – ball in play, ball out of play.  

"We saw it in the World Cup (in the Germany v Japan game). It was out of play the other night. It’s nonsense."


"We have been sharp enough to get penalties. We felt there were areas of their defence where they were susceptible to crosses. 

"It’s perhaps not a coincidence that we got the goal from in and around that area. 

"I don’t know who it was but they had a bit of a panic and stuck their hand up – any player can do that at any given moment. 

"The penalty was definitely a penalty and the second goal was a good goal."


"That is from the training ground. There is lots of hard work that goes into training, lots of planning, lots of preparation and lots of energy from the players to be able to do it. 

"We are really pleased with that. A lot of work goes into that from the staff, making sure the boys are ready. The fitness coaches, the physios – a lot goes into making sure we can replicate that on the pitch and in matches."


"I am pleased with that, really pleased. Lincoln have got some goals in them.  

"What we didn’t want – at 2-0 up – is for them to go and score from a corner or set-play because then it can become nervous." 


"Carl was good today, Luke Leahy was good today. I thought they were good. They backed it up. 

"I felt some of our players today, without naming names, they looked a yard off it in that first half. 

"We need everyone, we need everyone to be on it whether we have got injuries or not. We need everybody to be on it. 

"It’s hard for them. It's a shift for them at the moment. But I think they are responding in the right way and staying tough enough to play games week-in, week-out."


"The latest with Aiden O’Brien is there hasn’t been an operation. We are still waiting for a report to come through to see what the specialist thinks. 

"The lady who has looked after them, the consultant, was busy doing consultations all day Thursday. 

"On Friday she was busy doing operations all day before she headed back to Munich. I would imagine we will get the report on Aiden on Monday or Tuesday next week. 

"Julien has had an operation. There was a slight repair that was needed on his first surgery. And also she needed to do some work on a nerve. 

"It’s early days. But he hasn’t got the same pain that he had before the surgery. We are fingers crossed a bit with Julien Dacosta. 

"And – at this moment in time – we are a little bit in the dark with Aiden because she chose not to operate on him. 

"That means she may be happy with the work that’s been done with him. We’ll know more about that next time I see you. 

"Unfortunately, until we get the report we can't be any more accurate. But with Julien, there is something that has definitely been done. 

"And how he has felt 24 hours after the operation – let's hope that one has worked and we will work on Aiden a little bit more next week."


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