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Pre Bolton | Steve Cotterill

8 December 2022

Steve Cotterill spoke to the press ahead of Saturday's fixture with Bolton Wanderers.

Shrewsbury enter the game looking to register a third successive victory following wins over Lincoln and Peterborough.

Speaking ahead of the visit of Ian Evatt's side, Steve discussed last weekend's win over the Imps and talked about how Luke Leahy - who scored a penalty in that game - is enjoying his role as Town captain.

The boss also talked about training in cold conditions and gave an update on Julien Dacosta and Aiden O'Brien who are recovering from groin and hip flexor injuries respectively.

And Steve also sent his best wishes to Bolton captain Ricardo Santos who was admitted to hospital earlier this week after suffering breathing difficulties following a virus.

ON THE LINCOLN WIN: 

"We need to make sure we keep our performance levels up because if we don’t - the wins won’t continue. 

"The performances have been really, really, good.  

"And if you look at some of the chances we have missed in games when it’s been all-square and we haven’t won – it's been a real disappointment – for the players as well because they are all-in every week. 

"Thankfully a couple of wins have come and hopefully we’ll get a few more." 

ON LUKE’S PENALTIES AND HIS ROLE AS CAPTAIN: 

"He practices (his penalties) a lot. We are pleased with how he has done so far – long may it continue. 

"(As a captain) he is noisy. But then he was noisy before he was captain. You hear him before you see him. 

"He is a great lad, he loves his football, he has got an excellent left foot. He is still learning the game when it comes to playing in central midfield.  

"But he still wants to work at it. He's a good, honest, pro who has high emotional intelligence. He understands the environment he is in.  

"He understands what players need and I think that’s really important – emotional intelligence. 

"And to be fair, he’s not a bad player."

ON TRAINING IN FREEZING CONDITIONS: 

"We have probably got just over half a pitch covered but we have been through most of what we need to go through anyway. 

"There will be a bit of extra work done in the meeting room because we haven’t got a full pitch to do it on. 

"There has been a little bit more work done in doors. But then we have done a fair chunk of the work outside anyway and we have Friday to finish off a few bits and bobs. 

"It's not ideal but we can get away with half a pitch. It isn’t ideal but then the weather pays no attention to criticism."

ON TAKING EXTRA CARE PREVENTING INJURIES: 

"I’m pretty hot on that. I know a lot of managers and what they used to be like. 

"I think it’s a bit of an old-school thought where people would say no hats, no gloves, no tracksuit bottoms. I think that is nonsense. 

"It used to be a thing years ago to show how tough you are. 

"But training was a lot different then. There is activation that goes into training, warm-ups, passing drills, there is more standing around with the patterns than there was a few years ago. 

"I’m pretty hot on the boys wrapping up. You can take layers off as you go along. 

"But you need to get their body temperatures up before they come out into the cold because a lot of problems are caused by players coming out cold. 

"All of a sudden they are producing sharp movements and it ends up with a pulled muscle. 

"As much as we can do – we do. But I’ll still be nervous in the early parts of training."

ON JULIEN DACOSTA AND AIDEN O’BRIEN: 

"Julien had an operation. He seems, at this moment in time, in a very good place.  

"I have seen the photographs from the operation, what they have done – not that I can really understand them but they have highlighted something in there that I have seen. 

"That is, hopefully, been corrected and we have just got to get him through rehab now and get him fit and then fitter. 

"Aiden is slightly more problematic because he didn’t have an operation. He went to see, on Tuesday, the guy that did his original operation. The guy he had three injections with.  

"Those injections were saline injections to create a gap between the muscle and the fascia – we didn’t know if that was causing friction, if that was the pain. 

"Those injections didn’t work. But he went down on Tuesday, he’s had two more injections. One is an Ostenil injection, the other was a steroid injection. 

"At this moment in time, but it’s very early, he can’t do anything for five days other than upper body in the gym. 

"But he has felt better from that. I can’t really give you anything more on that one at this moment in time." 

ON BOLTON: 

"It’s a game to look forward to. They are a good club, Bolton Wanderers, they are a really good club and have been ever since Sam Allardyce was there all those years ago. 

"I just want to say a quick message to Ricardo Santos who I saw has been in hospital. 

"It reminded me of my Covid scenario, him having shortness of breath and being on oxygen. 

"Our best wishes come from myself and everyone at our football club to him and we hope that he is well. 

"In the meantime we are looking forward to the game."

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