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Steve Cotterill previews Town's trip to Burton Albion

24 February 2022


Steve Cotterill previews Town's trip to Burton Albion

24 February 2022

Steve Cotterill spoke to the press ahead of Saturday's trip to Burton Albion.

Salop head into the fixture looking to earn a positive result after a disappointing evening at Montgomery Waters Meadow last Tuesday night.

The evening fixture against Portsmouth saw David Davis exit the pitch with an ankle injury and Josh Vela was dismissed for a challenge just after the half-hour mark.

Cotterill provided updates on both players and praised Tyrese Fornah for getting back to fitness so he could play regularly when called upon. 

On David Davis’ injury:

“He’s had a scan on his ankle and it definitely doesn’t look good. He’s got an appointment to see a specialist down in London next week but my gut feeling is that he’ll probably be out for the rest of the season now.”

On Josh Vela’s red card:

“We’re not going to appeal it and not because I think it’s a bad challenge. Because of some of the tackles we’ve had this season where we’ve had someone sent off, I don’t think we’re going to get it [overturned] because of the speed Josh went into it. I don’t think he should be penalised for the speed but the way he went into it, I think [appealing] it would be a waste of time.”

On the game:

“It isn’t too bad I suppose, it’s one of our more local journeys which I think is a little bit of a bonus considering what we’ve done recently and what we’ve got to come. [I’ve seen] enough of Burton, I think they’ve come on as the season has developed and I think Jimmy [Floyd Hasselbaink] has done a good job there – I get on well with Jim – so I’m pleased for him and I’m pleased for Burton Albion that they’re doing well.”

“We’ve done a little bit [of preparation] this morning – obviously we’ve got to keep that light this morning – and we’ll do a little bit tomorrow and finish off but we’ve done enough today so the lads had a good comprehension of what we'll be doing in and out of possession.”

On Tyrese Fornah:

“[He’s improved his] fitness. I said before he came in that we would need to make sure we get him up to speed and that was the biggest thing. It doesn’t matter how good a player you are, and what I mean by that is you can do as much as you can in training but you need to play those games and that’s what I’ve been pleased about. I think we manage all our youngsters carefully so I think what you have to do is allow mistakes in youngsters. The biggest thing you can give them is game time – that’s the biggest thing you can give them – but they have to show enough in training to be able to gain that game time.”


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