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Post Oxford United | Steve Cotterill

9 November 2022

Shrewsbury Town boss Steve Cotterill reflected on his team's draw against Oxford United on Wednesday night.

Town started the better of the two sides but went behind after Cameron Brannagan's deflected strike found the corner of the net in the 15th minute.

This didn't dampen Salop moods and they remained the brighter team until they were rewarded for their efforts when Matthew Pennington sent a looping header into the back of the net.

The boss said he was proud of his team's performance and felt they deserved all three points for their hard work against a good Oxford team.

On the game:

"We did enough to win it. Definitely. 100% we did enough to win the game and I'm disappointed we haven't won the game. They're a good team but I think tonight is the best we've been against them. We look like we've moved on against them and I thought we deserved to win the game tonight. Not by a great margin but I thought we did enough to win tonight."

On Town's bright start to the game:

"The goal was against the run of play - a long ball. He (Cameron Brannagan) gets on the second ball very well and then it gets a deflection past Marko (Marosi); those sorts of things happen. But yeah, I thought we were very very good tonight and were the better team."

On the chances created from set pieces:

"(We created good chances) not just from the corners but from the moments leading up to the corners. The blocks that they've made in their box to stop crosses or shots, I thought we were really good tonight and I thought we were full value for three points tonight."

On the equaliser:

"We needed that equaliser earlier in the game. We said that if we could go out at half-time and get the equaliser in 20 minutes then we might go on and get the winner. I think when you get the goal, it puts them (the opposition) on alert again and then all of a sudden they have a bit more of the play for five minutes or so. You're just hoping then that the referee doesn't give a peculiar decision in and around your box that you don't want but that could've happened at any stage tonight."

On his players' performances:

"I'm really pleased with the boys tonight and impressed with the impact the subs made and that's what you want. I'm pleased with all of them and I'm pleased for them. I'm slightly disappointed in not winning the game and they're (the Shrewsbury players )disappointed that they haven't won the game in there.

"You're not going to win every game you participate in but you have to try to win and I've said to them that winning isn't everything but trying is, and we've tried very hard to win that game tonight against a very very good team."

On Elliott Bennett:

"He's a little bit stiff but we'll wait and see how he is. He didn't come off with another knock and he probably could've carried on but I thought it was best to bring him off."

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