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Post York City | Steve Cotterill

5 November 2022

Steve Cotterill spoke to the media following today's FA Cup win over York City.

Salop came through their game against the National League opposition thanks to first-half goals from Jordan Shipley and Luke Leahy.

York pulled one back through Manny Duku just before the break and Salop endured a nervy second half but ultimately progressed to the second round of the FA Cup.

The boss said he was pleased his side were through but felt the individual performances of his players were average throughout the match.

On the game:

"We're through. I think that if we take our chances, we could be sat here and the game finished six or seven (nil). We didn't do that and we end up being nervous, we don't want (Manny) Duku to get his head on another one and for it to drop down and to then be looking at a replay when really, the game should've been out of sight at half-time.

"I haven't looked at the results today but I can guarantee there will be shocks because these are difficult games. They're difficult for the lads and then we have an early injury that disrupts us a bit and then we have to make a couple more changes but we haven't got another couple of changes to make. We're absolutely threadbare at the moment and it's just mounting up ahead of a tough week. 

"I'm thankful that we're into the next round. I think that was important for the crowd and for the prize money - that'll be a massive help. Now we're in the second round we have to do what clubs our size always try and do and get through to the third round. 

"It was a tough game. We knew it would be a tough game coming into it and I don't think they've (the players) subconsciously taken them (York) lightly today, we just didn't function how we have functioned and I think that would've been a lot easier in the second half had we taken the chances. 

"Forget the two goals, we must've created four or five other great chances where we've either pulled it wide or the keeper has made a great save or it's been blocked. I could've been stood here with it being six or seven (nil) but we didn't take them."

"When we score that goal, all of a sudden there could've been a sigh of relief in the team because they want to do well these boys, they want to do well. We needed to get a result to get some money in and they understand that. None of them have gone out there to have an average performance, but unfortunately, we had a lot of average games out there today.

"At the end of the game, when there are balls flying into the box and the big centre-back is up there and the striker is up there, that's when you need the boys to stand up and be counted and they did that today.

"Luke Leahy's lip is the size of that microphone; he's got a nasty cut on his lip. Carl Winchester came off and had a knock during the week but we thought he'd be okay and he thought he'd be okay. I didn't want to play Elliott Bennett. I wanted to give him a breather and he had a whack on his Achilles so I wanted to rest him.

"I suppose all's well that ends well but it's been a difficult day at the end of a difficult week but thankfully, we're through to the second round and that's what you've got to do."

On having a Wednesday fixture instead of a Tuesday fixture:

"It gives us an extra day to prepare for Oxford but it will kick us in the teeth when we come to play Barnsley next Saturday. We'll deal with today first. It was a tough game and a tough day."

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