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Steve Cotterill reflects on this afternoon's dominant victory over Rotherham United

19 March 2022

Shrewsbury Town boss Steve Cotterill spoke to the media after this afternoon’s 3-0 win away at Rotherham United.

Salop dominated their Yorkshire opponents throughout the game and were worthy winners against the league leaders.

Goals from Dan Udoh, Elliott Bennett, and Ryan Bowman secured Salop’s second brilliant victory in a row.

Cotterill was full of praise for his side after the game and shared his view on each of the goals.

On the game:

“I think we were very good at the start of the game. I think it’s always a tough place to come, the crowd gets right behind them, appeals everything and gets after you as a good home crowd does. It’s always a difficult place to come and we’re very happy with a win today.

“As I’ve said before when we’ve spoken about if we can or can’t score goals, it’s easy to comment when you’ve had a few blanks but at the end of the day, it’s about creating the opportunities and we feel as though we’ve been doing that for a long time. Maybe we’re getting the rub of the green now and they’re going in the back of the net instead of being saved or blocked or going wide.

“It was important that we kept the tempo of the game high [in the second half] and kept the ball in play: that was the important thing. We knew that even if we kept the ball – and kept the ball along the back – we would eventually tire out their team. Sometimes, when it looks a bit negative because we’re playing against ten men and we don't go forward all the time, well actually the mistake you make when playing against ten men is that you do go forward all the time and get picked off on the counter-attack.”

On Dan Udoh’s goal:

“We had possession of the ball and then we lost it and then we won it back. It came at a point where I thought we had a good handle on the game and I thought we were in control of the game up to that point. To get the goal when we got it was great and it was a great goal and great build-up; a delayed pass into Dan Udoh has taken their player out of the game and yeah, I’m really pleased.”

On Elliott Bennett’s goal:

“He had to concentrate hard because I’ve seen those go over the bar before. When it hops up, he’s got to make sure he concentrates; I could almost hear him concentrating from where I was when he struck that. We joked before the game that – if any of our wing-backs scored – they’d get double points for it today because they haven’t scored enough goals this season really. Thankfully one of them has now, there’s just a bit more pressure on the other one!"

On Ryan Bowman’s goal:

“I think he’s in good form at the moment and as I’ve said before, that goal just keeps him running, it keeps him moving, it keeps him confident, so we’re delighted with that.”

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