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Pre Peterborough | Steve Cotterill

15 December 2022

Interviews

Pre Peterborough | Steve Cotterill

15 December 2022

Shrewsbury boss Steve Cotterill spoke to the media ahead of our League One clash at Peterborough.

After three home games in a row, Town are back on the road this Saturday when they travel to take on Grant McCann's side.

The two teams met in the FA Cup just three weeks ago with goals from Tom Bayliss, Jordan Shipley and Luke Leahy inspiring us to a 3-1 win at Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Speaking ahead of our trip to the Weston Homes Stadium, Steve discussed last weekend's win over Bolton which was secured thanks to a superb late header from Chey Dunkley.

And the boss also praised the mentality of his players - with the win against the Trotters our third succssive victory.

Finally, Steve gave an update on injured trio Elliott Bennett, Julien Dacosta and Aiden O'Brien and also discussed what challenges his side will face when they meet Peterborough on Saturday.

ON WHAT PLEASED HIM MOST FROM THE BOLTON WIN: 

"Our appetite to win the game. Bolton are a really good team but our appetite to win the game is what impressed me more than anything else. 

"When the guys go 1-0 up and are pegged back – that is a bit of a kick in the teeth. Then you take another kick in the teeth when you go 2-1 down.

"So the character they showed to come back into that game was incredible. 

"And we were up against a really good team. It wasn’t as if we were against a lesser team. 

"It's a tough game this and getting wins on the board is really difficult but I think we deserved it in the end."

ON HOW IT FEELS TO WIN WITH A LAST-MINUTE GOAL:

"I think watching any type of win is fantastic. I think when you get the win so late, immediately I am thinking 'what are we going to do now to see it out?' 

"But luckily enough we had already talked about that before the game because they’ve scored so many goals from the 85th minute and onwards. 

"We had already spoken about that so it was easy to tell one or two players (what to do) because we knew what we were going to do and what we were going to drop into."

ON WHAT'S IMPRESSED HIM MOST ABOUT THIS GROUP OF PLAYERS:

"It’s what they give to each other – they are a very giving group, they are not a selfish group. 

"They care about their team mates, they genuinely care about their team mates – there is nothing false about it. 

"A lot of the time in this game, you can inherit groups or you can take charge of teams where certain players what to be the focal point of everything. 

"But I don’t think we have one particular star in our team - I think they are all stars.  

"And the way they are and the way they treat each other – at the training ground and as a group – they are just very giving.

"I love people who give. I’m not too fond of the takers. But I love people who give and they do that."

ON WHAT HE'S PARTICULARLY PROUD OF FROM THE LAST MONTH:

"The whole package. What goes on at the training ground, there is a lot of work that goes into it, a lot of detail. 

"And I think them seeing the benefits of that is a positive sign – because they are definitely seeing things coming through now whether it’s attacking or defending. We have been lucky enough to have benefitted from both sides this year."

ON THE WEATHER AND TRAINING ON ASTROTURF: 

"We have had to do things a little bit differently because the surface is not quite the same. 

"You have to be careful on the Astro but we’d have had to be even more careful if we’d tried to get on the pitch. The pitches are impossible at the moment."

ON INJURIES:

"There is no real update. Elliott, Julien and Aiden are doing their rehab at the moment, until we get further down the line with them – they are progressing slowly at this moment in time. 

"But we haven’t had any set-backs which is the biggest thing. No real updates but they are in every day working on their rehabilitation."

ON TOWN'S FANS: 

"They give us that extra yard of pace when we need it, that extra spring in our step. 

"The encouragement that comes from the terraces, I think that is really important for us – certainly in the division we are in. 

"Sometimes we can’t compete in numbers but our guys can definitely make up for it in noise. 

"But we know that is a two-fold thing. We start well it makes them buoyant. But sometimes when we don’t start well we need them to give us that lift. 

"That is a team effort and I think the supporters appreciate the players efforts at this moment in time and the players certainly appreciate our support whether it’s been at home or it’s been away.

"Football is expensive now so we want to send them home as happy as we can, as often as we can."

ON GOING INTO THE PETERBOROUGH GAME WITH CONFIDENCE:

"It’s natural if you are winning games the team is going to be more confident. 

"I think when we went into the FA Cup game – we were on the back of a tough run of games and with the injuries on top of it, I don’t think we were as confident then as we are now. 

"Confidence is a strange thing. But the one thing you can’t do is give your team confidence. If there was a bottle of confidence for sale then there wouldn’t be any left on the shelves because every manager would be buying it. 

"But I think that comes from them. It comes from work on the training ground. It comes from them getting pictures and knowing what they are doing. That all helps them. 

I’d say they are slightly more confident now but there is nothing wrong with that – as long as it doesn’t ever grow to arrogance and I don’t see that with our boys."

ON PETERBOROUGH'S STYLE: 

"Whatever team they play, it will be a challenge for us – 100 per cent. 

"They are on a bit of a run at the moment – but those runs can happen, either way. 

"They have been on this run but they are still sixth in the table. They are a good side. 

"We just have to make sure we are on it and some of the things we did well in the last game we have to make sure we do well again. 

"They are a good team, I really, really, like Grant. I think he is a good manager and he will be going through at the moment what all of us go through from time to time – a sticky patch. 

"But I’m sure they won’t be in it long because they have got too many good players in the club."

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