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Steve Cotterill reflects on today's victory over Sheffield Wednesday

2 January 2022


Steve Cotterill reflects on today's victory over Sheffield Wednesday

2 January 2022

Steve Cotterill reflects on Shrewsbury Town's fantastic victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday afternoon.

Matthew Pennington's header just before half-time was enough to secure the three points for Salop and move them up to 14th place in Sky Bet League One.

A solid defensive performance also secured Shrewsbury's third clean sheet in a row as they started off the new year on a high.

Speaking after the game, Cotterill said his side had got themselves through a really tough game and praised the fans for the part they played.

On the fixture:

"It was tough, that third game in a week against a really good team. They might've lost their last couple of games but they're a really good team with some really good players. They've got an incredible support behind them, whether its at Hillsborough or away from home, so we knew it was going to be a tough game for us today. With it being the third game in this week, it has become a really difficult week for us, especially around Christmas, our lads have been in [training] a lot and now we can shut down for a few days before we prepare for the Liverpool game. 

"We would like to be better than that on the ball and we're still working towards being better than that on the ball. If you have a look at some of our moments from the first half, they were very good and parts of the second half were very good but then we started to dip a little bit. I knew that was going to happen but I hoped - when I was preparing for this game - that we would be in front, because that would give us the motivation to hold on.

"It's great when clubs like Sheffield Wednesday come to town and they've got 1600 people behind the goal, we need our fans to be really good and they responded brilliantly today. It was a brilliant atmosphere in the ground."

On the goal:

"We work on our set plays a lot. Sometimes it doesn't come to fruition - and it doesn't come to fruition enough for me - but we work on them, and that one today, we felt that if we got the right delivery, Matthew [Pennington] could maybe score today - and he did, thankfully."

On Liverpool:

"It's a wonderful occasion for our supporters to go to Anfield, it's a great occasion for our players to play at Anfield but more importantly we hope that - with the coronavirus cases Liverpool have had - we hope those boys get better. We hope that Jürgen Klopp is getting better and that everyone is okay at Liverpool football club."


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