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Pre Sheffield Wednesday | Steve Cotterill

17 November 2022

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Steve Cotterill previewed this weekend's trip to face Yorkshire side Sheffield Wednesday.

Shrewsbury Town travel to face third-placed Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Saturday.

Salop come into the fixture off the back of their game against Barnsley last weekend in which academy scholar Josh Bailey made his league debut.

The boss discussed Saturday's visit and praised the atmosphere at Hillsborough before providing an update on injured players Elliott Bennett, Aiden O'Brien and Julien Dacosta.

On not having a midweek game:

"It gives you a little bit of coaching time and an opportunity to take a breather but I had a midweek game, the players just didn't have one. So it's been quite a busy week for me but an enjoyable one nonetheless.

"Yeah [I did take the opportunity to watch Salford City against Peterborough United], but there's plenty of time to talk about that next week. That was a little bit of a late night getting back last night."

On Sheffield Wednesday:

"We're looking forward to it. I think it's a great place to go, Hillsborough, I think it's a great place. Unbelievable support and I've said to the boys that when they sing their song at the beginning, it's great and you've got to really embrace all of that.

"I think I've had decent results at Hillsborough throughout my managerial career so maybe that's why I've enjoyed it. You can enjoy the atmosphere because they're an incredibly well-supported club with a good squad and I get on well with Darren Moore so we're looking forward to the game.

"It will be a difficult game but I like to think teams have had a difficult game against us as well. We know it's away from home and we know we've got to go up there and work on a lot of things that could potentially go against us but that's all part and parcel fo the division we're in.

On recent results:

"We feel as though we haven't got the results we've deserved over the past two or three games. Somewhere along the line we may pick up win or result that not many people were expecting.

"A win can propel you up the table - we know that - and that's what our focus will be on."

On Elliott Bennett:

"The scan that came back wasn't very good really. He could be out for three months which could be painful for us but funnily enough, his symptoms aren't marrying up with the scan. What I mean by that is that he's better than he could be at this moment in time. He's not close to playing and but if you work on it being around 12 weeks, I've got a feeling it won't be that long for him but it's still early days with it.

"Even if we cut that by half and say he's available by Christmas, it's still going to be six weeks we'll be without him I would think at this stage.

"Of course it is (a big blow)."

On Aiden O'Brien and Julien Dacosta:

"The injections on their nerves haven't worked so we're probably going to be without them. They have an appointment with a nerve specialist in London and the earliest we can do that is December the 1st. Potentially they could have operations on the second. We don't know where the consultation will go until after the 1st (of December).

"It is disappointing news but we'll have a team out there Saturday who are going to fight like hell."

On giving young players like Josh Bailey league debuts:

"It's fantastic. I've got a record of doing that for young players. I had contact with Gary Cahill yesterday who everyone knows retired and I gave him his league debut when I took him to Burnley as a 17-year-old.

"There are lots of them: Patrick Bamford, Jamaal Lascelles, Kris Commons, Michael Duff from last week. Kyle Lafferty and Chris McCann when I was at Burnley so yeah, there have been lots of young players that I've given debuts to and watched their careers. Hopefully, Josh Bailey will be another one of them."

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