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Steve Cotterill previews tomorrow's game away at Plymouth Argyle

11 February 2022


Steve Cotterill previews tomorrow's game away at Plymouth Argyle

11 February 2022

Shrewsbury Town boss Steve Cotterill previews tomorrow’s game at Plymouth Argyle.

Town are currently on a run of four draws in a row and travel to Devon off the back of a hard-fought draw away at Wycombe Wanderers.

Plymouth’s last outing saw them net four goals to come back from a goal down against Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday night

Cotterill said it’s a game his side are looking forward to and that they head to the south coast in good spirits.

On the fixture:

“It’s one we’re looking forward to, we’ve had a decent week to be fair. It’s another long trip but everybody knows about that and we’ve had a few of those at the moment so maybe we’ll be getting used to them!

“We always do in possession and out of possession [preparation] and we’ve done that for this game. We just hope that obviously, our chances go in this game like theirs did in the last game we played. We were very good in the first fixture and ended up losing 3-0 and it was a tough one for us to take because we played very well on the day. Even looking back over the game again, we played very well so we’re going into this fixture and it’s certainly one we’re looking forward to.

“Some bits, there are some bits [from the reverse fixture] you can take into it [preparation for this fixture]. I think that, really, you’ll pick out some of the bits and bobs but there are lots of games that have happened since and I think you’ll scout off the back of those games as well.

“Yeah, they [the players] did [have a day off yesterday], just because on a Thursday, there wasn’t a lot we could do by the time we got back. I think it was something like three o’clock in the morning when the lads got into their beds [after Wycombe]. It’s not just this week – we had a bit of a break last week – but the week before that we had exactly the same scenario so you know, the season mounts up as you go along and it was far better to give them a break yesterday so we’re happy that we’ve done that. We trained very early this morning and got ourselves on the road. Everything went according to plan this morning, yep, absolutely looking forward to the game.

“Our schedule [tomorrow morning] will be pretty much as normal to be honest. Breakfast is always optional for the players, obviously, pre-match isn’t. Before pre-match tomorrow they’ll go have a walk and we’ll have our final meeting just after the walk and then we’ll have a meeting tonight because we always have a couple of meetings just before the fixture and like I said, tonight in the hotel after food, and tomorrow just before pre-match, we’ll break it down like we always do.”

On Tom Flanagan:

“He was fine in training this morning, Tom, so we’ve selected the team but as I said, he was fine in training this morning. I don’t think we’ve got any other issues thinking back a bit now so yeah, we seem to be all in good health and good spirits and I’ve got to select a team to try and win the game now.”

On Marko Marosi getting into the Sky Bet League One Team of the Midweek:

“Brilliant! I’m delighted for him, I think it’s actually been a long overdue and I think, if you’re a goalkeeper, it’s very very difficult to get into the Team of the Week if you know what I mean, because there will be so many weekends where Marko has been outstanding but another goalkeeper might’ve been better on the day if you know what I mean, so I think it’s difficult for a goalkeeper to get into Team of the Week. It’s more like Team of the Year we would like him to get into – as we would with a few of our players – but Team of the Week is a good start!”


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