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Pre Lincoln | Steve Cotterill

1 December 2022

Manager Steve Cotterill spoke with the media ahead of our League One clash with Lincoln.

Town welcome Mark Kennedy's side to Montgomery Waters Meadow on Saturday fresh from securing an FA Cup win over Peterborough last time out.

Defender Matt Pennington netted his fourth goal of the campaign in the win over Posh with midfielders Tom Bayliss and Luke Leahy the other men on target.

Speaking with the assembled press, Steve discussed that win and being drawn against Sunderland in round three.

And the boss also talked about Saturday's game against the Imps - which kicks off at 12.30pm - as well as Charlie Caton, who is enjoying a successful loan with Chester.

ON THE PETERBOROUGH WIN:

"It was a good win. I think we have been threatening to do that for a while – take our chances, and that is what we did. 

"We were playing a top League One team, that’s important and will give the lads plenty of encouragement going forward. 

"While it’s not ideal to be playing a team in your own division, it worked out pretty well for us against what is a good Peterborough team."

ON GOALS COMING FROM ALL OVER THE PARK:

"I think we have got that more this year, rather than relying on Dan (Udoh) or Ryan (Bowman) which is pretty much what we did last year. That is important. 

"And we are getting assists from all over the pitch as well which is really, really, important. 

"Even though we are in a bit of a tough run results-wise, I’ve been pretty pleased with the lad’s performances. I think they have been really good. Now we need to take it into this weekend."

ON GETTING SUNDERLAND IN ROUND THREE: 

"I think it’s a good draw because we are at home. We had two good games against them last year. 

"I don’t think it’s a bad draw at all. It’s a game we can get a result in. We are looking forward to it but it’s quite a way off now so we can concentrate on the league."

ON MATT PENNINGTON'S GOALS:

"I think he probably could have had a few more, Penno – funnily enough. But I think Chey (Dunkley) could and Tom (Flanagan) has had a couple of opportunities. 

"Tom has probably had the least opportunities. Chey has had a few headers. But I actually think Penno could have nicked a couple more. 

"He is quite good like that in the box. It’s always a bonus when you can get goals from centre-backs."

ON DEFENDERS GETTING FORWARD:

"When the time is right. I don’t want them to start waltzing off in free-play! I think there have been a couple of times, late on, we’ve been trying to nick a goal so we’ve put Chey up front for the last five minutes. 

"That’s when we are going direct and we are going to go into the box. He is probably the strongest we’ve got in the air at our club so why not in those moments?

"It's not something we would do earlier in a game but there will be opportunities for them. 

"And I don’t mind them stepping up and joining in – you see that quite often with Tom and with Matthew where they go and join in. "

ON THE STRIKERS:

"I think they are having a few chances. I think it’s been the same for all of them. 

"What you have to bear in mind is sometimes it takes strikers time to know where their wide player is going to cross it. 

"We have had five right wing-backs this year. We have had three play at left wing-back for us, albeit Josh (Bailey) was a cameo but we’ve had Jordan (Shipley) and George (Nurse). 

"So the strikers, perhaps the crosses haven’t been the same from all of those.  

"The strikers could be making the right runs but the team has chopped and changed so much through injuries. 

"If you are a striker and you’re looking at our right side – you're thinking where is Taylor Moore going to cross it? 

"That will be different to what Julien Dacosta does, it will be different to what Elliott Bennett has done. It will be different from what Carl Winchester and Rekeil Pyke have done. 

"All in all it’s pretty difficult for the strikers – so while a lot gets laid on their door, and I will do that as well at times, that will predominantly be when I think they haven’t made the right decision on a chance they get. 

"But that’s the idea of a manager or a coach explaining to them afterward. But I think they will start scoring."

ON CHARLIE CATON: 

"It’s been a positive loan. It’s good that he has gone out there and done well. He has trained well.  

"But it’s a different level, that is what we have to bear in mind. I would expect Charlie to go out there and do well and we’re pleased that he is."

ON LINCOLN: 

"We’ve definitely got to get up earlier on Saturday morning, everybody. But it’s a game we are looking forward to. 

"We are at home and we need the crowd behind us because I think their crowd will be noisy – they will have a good following. 

"We want it to be our home game and I want the players to feel that. And I want our players to feed off the energy of our supporters. I think that’s really important. 

"I think Lincoln have had a really good start to the season. Mark has done a good job in there. We know it’s going to be a difficult game but it’s one we are up for and ready for."

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