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Post Sheffield Wednesday | Steve Cotterill

19 November 2022

Manager Steve Cotterill spoke to the media following our narrow 1-0 loss at Sheffield Wednesday.

Town travelled to Hillsborough to take on an Owls side unbeaten in their last nine games.

But they really should have come away with a point after creating a host of chances in the second half.

Wednesday took the lead before the interval when Mark McGuinness headed in from a corner.

But after the break Shrewsbury really should have got themselves back on terms with Taylor Moore, Matt Pennington and Chey Dunkley all going agonisingly close while Luke Leahy had a big shout for a penalty waved away.

Speaking after the game, Steve discussed his team's performance, those chances and the brilliant travelling Town support - with more than 1,000 making the trip to Yorkshire.

ON THE GAME:

"(We're) disappointed to give a goal away from a set play. The goal was disappointing. Other than that, they had more of the ball in the first half and we had more of the ball in the second half.

"I felt as though if we could've kept a clean sheet in the first half, they (Sheffield Wednesday) would've got more nervous.

"We've lost a goal on a set play which was disappointing and I thought, in the second half - and I keep saying this - we've created enough to get something from the game. Definitely. 

"There won't be many teams that come here and stick Sheffield Wednesday on the back foot like they were in the second half."

ON SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY'S RECENT FORM:

"We've come here, they're on a bit of a high, they're kicking towards their supporters and there's enough of them to make a good noise.

"I'm pretty sure that if that collision on Luke Leahy was one of their players, that would've been a penalty. I don't see us getting one down here I'm afraid.

"But I still think we did enough (to get a result) and I've been saying that a lot recently. We need to keep the performance levels going because we definitely deserved a result here today.

"We've come here and stuck a really good team on the back foot and there won't be many teams that come here and do that."

ON TOWN'S TRAVELLING FANS:

"We had really good support and that's why I went over to them at the end.

"I think they were pleased with what they saw. They gave loads of applause to the boys at the end there and I think there's a really good rapport between them and the players and myself too. Hopefully, that will continue."

ON TOWN'S RECENT TOUGH RUN OF FIXTURES:

"We knew it was going to be difficult when we played it. You only have to look at the fixtures to know it was going to be tough today. The bonus side of it is that there hasn't really been a game we've been out of."

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