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Steve Cotterill reflects on today's draw with AFC Wimbledon

29 January 2022


Steve Cotterill reflects on today's draw with AFC Wimbledon

29 January 2022

Shrewsbury Town boss Steve Cotterill spoke to the press after this afternoon's 1-1 draw at Plough Lane.

Shrewsbury Town were forced to settle for a point on the road for a second time in a week after Dan Udoh’s equaliser cancelled out Wimbledon’s opener.

Wimbledon took the lead through Ayoub Assal’s header in the first half, but Udoh popped up with an equaliser from close range in the second period.

Salop boss Steve Cotterill said his side could’ve snatched a victory and provided an update on Luke Leahy.

On the game:

“I think we were a lot better with our second-half performance. We started the game brilliantly and probably should’ve scored a goal in the opening 15 minutes, but suddenly they score and it puts us on the back foot. Maybe there could’ve been a 2-1 win in it for us but you’ll always be happy with a point away from home in a tough game.

“We tweaked one thing in midfield at half-time and it seemed to work. We talk about relationships in teams and the relationship between Elliott Bennett and Josh Vela was absolutely brilliant and their runs were straight from the training ground. The backheel wasn’t from the training ground – that was brilliance from Josh Vela – but it was a great goal, a great team goal. He’s [Dan Udoh] had better finishes, their two big centre-halves nearly got a block on it but thankfully they didn’t and it went in for us.

“We tried to [go on and win it], we worked our socks off, we got ourselves some great opportunities out wide and when you think about it, that’s the third game in a week and we’ve had an incredible amount of travelling this week.

“Ethan [Ebanks-Landell] is disappointed about the goal, we spoke about it at half-time but he could’ve headed it away. He did well to get the striker away from the ball but then he decides to head back – which we have been doing a fair bit recently – and then there’s a little bit of a ricochet and we didn’t recover from it.”

On Luke Leahy and Tyrese Fornah:

“This is the first time he’s [Luke Leahy] missed a game through injury in his career. He tweaked his knee yesterday when he went to block a ball in training so we don’t know the severity of it yet. He’s a bit stiff at this moment in time and we’ll just have to monitor that throughout the week. We were disappointed with the injury but I thought Tyrese Fornah came in and did really, really well. He got his first proper game under his belt with 75 minutes and to come in having not played much football I thought was a big achievement for him.”


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