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Steve Cotterill reflects on last night's draw with Rotherham United

2 March 2022


Steve Cotterill reflects on last night's draw with Rotherham United

2 March 2022

Steve Cotterill spoke to the press following his side’s 0-0 draw at home to league leaders Rotherham United last night.

Town dominated the second half and had the best team in the league penned back for the entirety of the period.

They also had plenty of chances to take the lead and arguably deserved all three points, rather than just the one they had to settle for.

Speaking after the game, Cotterill praised both sides and provided an update on the injured David Davis, who had an appointment with a specialist earlier today.

On the game:

“I like Rotherham. I like what they’re about, I like their manager, I like their coaching staff, I like their players. I said at the beginning of the season that I hope that they go on to win the league. I thought they would be up there in those top two and they’ve proved it; they’ve just got some great lads. They never give up and they never give in but on another night – I know it’s one about taking your chances – but I thought, in the second half certainly, I thought we were outstanding against the best team in the league. You don’t get to be as many points clear as they are without doing something right, so good luck to them, well done to them, they battled hard for a point but I thought our boys were outstanding. I’m really, really pleased with them.

“I think – if you look at Nursey’s [George Nurse] shot in particular – no goalkeeper in the world is saving that, even the goalkeeper for them who was absolutely outstanding; he made three or four great saves, the rebound for a start! He was probably the best player on the pitch because he was the one who had the biggest impact on the scoreline. I’m really, really pleased with our lads, just disappointed for them that they haven’t got the three points that they deserve.

“There were probably five things I wrote down on the whiteboard at half-time that we needed to do better and if we did those things, I thought we’d win the game. The last one was obviously to get the finish off and we didn’t do that, but they tried to get the finish. Winning isn’t everything but trying to win is and we do that in every game.”

On the hard work his side puts in:

“All that will stem from the work we did in July. There’s always an off-season programme and if you can get through that off-season, get through pre-season and get to the end of August with no injuries, you can actually stay injury-free. We’ve been lucky that we’ve trained really hard in pre-season and that’s given us a base that we can always get back to quite easily, but I think their fitness this season has been incredible."

On David Davis’ injury:

“Digga’s going to have an operation on Monday (07/03) to repair a ligament in his ankle. He’s fully ruptured the ligament in his ankle and he’ll have to have that repaired and he’s done a metatarsal, so he might have to have that pinned while he’s got the ankle open, but we don’t know that yet, it might just be a boot for the metatarsal because he’ll be in a boot anyway.”


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