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Steve Cotterill reflects on today's game against Bolton Wanderers

22 January 2022

Steve Cotterill spoke to press after Shrewsbury Town suffered late heartbreak at home to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon.

Bolton’s 89th-minute winner sealed all three points for them and condemned Shrewsbury to their first home league defeat since September.

Salop outplayed their opponents and created plenty of opportunities but couldn’t make their chances count.

Steve Cotterill said it was a hard result to take but praised his side’s performance this afternoon.

On the game:

“It is [tough to take] when you’re the better team, it’s always tough to take when you’re the better team. Our performance was very good today, we created enough opportunities to win two games today, we just didn’t put one away. In the end, they score with one of their shots but I’d say, without having seen any stats, that we had at least twice their number of shots today. We were just the better team but we’ve got to take one of those chances; if we take one of those chances, we end up winning the game by more than one, but unfortunately for us, it didn’t go in.

“I feel down at the moment, for the players and the effort they put in because no matter what, we’ve put enough effort in that game to win it. On another day we’ll be the ones who score late in a game, but you can’t always take your chances and today we haven’t, but we certainly created enough.

“It was a scuffed cross that got to him, we’d have been better off if he crossed it properly! That doesn’t take away from the finish but it was totally undeserved for our boys today. It’s not too palatable at this moment in time, but we don’t want to lose our perspective on how good we’ve been these last few weeks. On another day, and those chances go in, it’s a completely different game and I’ve got a smile on my face.

“We probably had three or four players who, had they been at their sharpest, and not saying they had bad games at all, but had they been at their sharpest they would’ve been the difference-makers today.”

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