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Steve Cotterill previews Saturday's game at home to Bolton Wanderers

20 January 2022

Steve Cotterill spoke to the press ahead of Saturday's game at home to Bolton Wanderers.

Shrewsbury Town are back at home for the first time in three weeks on Saturday as they host Bolton Wanderers.

Town come into the fixture off the back of a solid draw away at Crewe Alexandra, while Bolton picked up a good victory at home to Ipswich Town last time out.

Salop boss Steve Cotterill said his side are looking forward to the game and are keen to keep their unbeaten run going.

On the fixture:

“It’s a game we’re looking forward to, being at home, and after this, we’re back on the road again for a couple of games. It seems as though we’ve had a fair bit on the road this year and a few spells away from home turf. It’s [preparation] been going well, I’ve been really pleased with how the boys have trained this week and hopefully, they can take it into their performance on Saturday.

“I don’t know if they’ll [Bolton] be full of confidence, they’ve won a game, but their form before that wasn’t so good. You never know in this league, sometimes it throws up strange results. I’ve watched the game back, the one between Bolton and Ipswich, and they’ve obviously had a good win but we’re looking forward to playing them this weekend.

“I’d imagine that’s what he’ll [Ian Evatt] be doing [telling his side to put together a run of positive results]. He won’t be any different to any of the other managers when they’re in a bit of a sticky run, we’ve had one ourselves. Then we go on a run, and we stay unbeaten for five games in the league, everybody wants that, we’re not particularly interested in what other teams want to do, we’re interested in extending our own unbeaten run on Saturday.

“It’s always helpful [to have momentum], you’d rather be winning games and be unbeaten than going into games when you’ve won one in six or something like that, so it’s always better to have confidence behind you, for any team. With the run we’ve been on of late, we’re pleased with it and just want to keep it going. I wouldn’t ever settle with what we’re on, we’re looking to improve every week, we want to be better than what we are. We’re not happy with where we are at the moment, we want to get even better than that, so it’s always about trying to improve yourself and trying to improve the players and trying to improve the club as a whole.”

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