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Steve Cotterill reflects on today's draw at home to Fleetwood Town

5 February 2022

Shrewsbury Town boss Steve Cotterill spoke to the media after this afternoon’s 1-1 draw at home to Fleetwood Town.

Anthony Pilkington opened the scoring with a good header in the 21st minute before Luke Leahy’s penalty levelled the game up.

Salop could’ve been better in the first half but came out in the second half and displayed a very good performance and could’ve snatched all three points.

Cotterill said there was a little bit of disappointment in the air after not getting all three points but was full of praise for substitute Saikou Janneh.

On the game:

“I suppose there is a little bit of disappointment, in the end, we did enough in the second half to win it. I don’t necessarily think we deserved to be behind at half-time but I don’t think we deserved to be in front at half-time. I think, in the second half, we deserved to win the game, we’ve had two cleared off the line – good defending by them you could say – but I think we’ve done enough to win the game.

“I said to them [the players] earlier in the week that this is going to be a different Fleetwood side [compared to when we last played them], not just in terms of the personnel because they’ve strengthened obviously, but because we won the game up there – and won it well – they were going to be determined. I think the change at half-time helped us, nothing against Tyrese [Fornah], I think that he was okay in the first half like a lot of the players, but the tactical switch got us in the game but then we get the penalty and like I said, with a couple of chances cleared off the line, we could’ve won today. I thought we started the game really well, I thought we started the game brightly, should’ve scored – didn’t – and then their goal we’re disappointed with. I spoke to a couple of players at half-time and we were disappointed with that one and it’s not a goal we’d normally concede and you could see it happening in the build-up.

“It was a difficult one today, horrible swirly wind. You want that game to be away from home, you don’t want that type of game at home when you’re trying to be the better team or the team to entertain, you don’t want it to be like that. When you’re the team away from home you can spoil it a bit more and then crowds start getting agitated when things don’t go right and I think that’s probably what happened a little bit with us today.”

On Saikou Janneh:

“I thought he had a good impact when he came on the pitch but I also thought that Dan Udoh and Ryan Bowman had good games so it’s good to have. He’s still a young boy, he’s still learning, he’s still developing but what’s starting to happen is when he gets a bit more used to us, he’s getting more minutes on the pitch.”

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