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Post Charlton | Steve Cotterill

22 October 2022


Post Charlton | Steve Cotterill

22 October 2022

Steve Cotterill spoke to the press following today's game against Charlton Athletic.

In what proved to be a hugely frustrating defeat, Town should have gone it at the break ahead with Chey Dunkley, Christian Saydee, Jordan Shipley and Tom Bayliss all having chances to open the scoring.

Jesurun Rak-Sakyi then went on to net the only goal of the game in the 69th minute.

And when speaking to the press, the gaffer said he was hugely disappointed to lose the game.

On the game:

"We didn't do enough to win the game. We had chances and probably should've been 2-0 up in the first half. We didn't take our chances and you're always on a knife edge when it's 0-0. We've had a couple of great chances - better chances than they've had today - so yeah, ultimately it's disappointing. 

"We had to take those chances. If we don't take those chances then we're on a knife edge. We had some good chances at the start but after that initial 20 minutes, we didn't look like we'd do anything in the first half and we were then disappointing up until they scored the goal and that sparked us into life again. 

"You get those games and today we've had one of those games."

On Town's chances:

"We had moments after they scored their goal, we had moments at the death there but you've got to take those moments. For their chance, we have an opportunity to clear the cross, then I think there's a foul on one of our lads in that skirmish. From there, the ball goes wide and we don't defend our box well enough anyway but I think there was a foul in it just before the goal.

"[Tom Bayliss was] not close enough [to Jordan Shipley's cross], not close enough today. In those moments we didn't look sharp enough and we didn't look like we were going to cut them. I'm thinking 'do we need the goal to spur us on?' 'do we need them to score to spur us on?' and it ended up being the latter which is not what I wanted. You want to score a goal yourself and push on a little bit. We didn't do enough today. I don't think we played sharply today, for whatever reason. That's the disappointment today."

On being 10th in League One: 

“At the moment, I am disappointed with us today, so I don’t see any comfort along the line.” 

On Matt Pennington's return following injury: 

“Yeah, that’s (his swift return) a bonus for us to be able to get Pennington back out on the field, and by then, the game had slowed down a little bit, so therefore there is not any sudden movements that will affect the groin again, so yeah I suppose that was one bonus he went on and had 15 minutes or so.” 

On the trips to Plymouth and Portsmouth within a space of a week: 

“The fixture list has been out for a while but I don’t know who the person is who decided to put that (combinations of away fixtures) in the fixture list. But it’s there and we have to deal with it. Everyone else can do the talking about it.” 


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