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Post Fleetwood Town | Steve Cotterill

15 October 2022

Steve Cotterill spoke to the press after today's 1-0 victory over Fleetwood Town at Highbury.

Tom Bayliss provided the game's only goal when he curled a wonderful strike into the top corner on the half-hour mark.

It was a feisty affair that was hotly contested from the first minute but the only red card was handed to Town's physio, Dan Green, in the final minutes.

Fleetwood made it tough for Shrewsbury and hit the crossbar twice while Salop had their own chances to increase their lead, the best of which fell to Jordan Shipley.

The Gaffer discussed all of the above and praised every player in his team for their performance in Lancashire this afternoon.

On the game:

"Yeah it was [a hard-fought away win]. Terrible conditions with the wind but the only thing I'm slightly disappointed with is that we could've put the game to bed by half-time. We've had some great chances and it's funny because this happened here last year. We were kicking downhill with the wind behind us and could've been two, three or four goals to the good by half-time, and then we've had a couple of good chances in the second half to put it to bed.

"The second half was different. It said there would be strong winds on the weather forecast, it's quite open here and you're right by the sea so we knew it was going to be tough today.

"We knew it was going to be a tough second half but I thought we were fantastic in it. They didn't create as many clear-cut chances as we created in the first half to put the game to bed.

"They went more direct in the second half and played more football in the first. You've got to be careful where a second ball drops and it goes to one of their lads in the box because they've got a few good technicians and one of those chances can end up in the back of your net. But I thought everyone to a man was great today. Everyone on the field and the subs who also played a big part when they came on today so yeah, a big well done to all of them, they were fantastic."

On the goal:

"It's a great goal and the one where Shipperz (Jordan Shipley) has hit the angle, what a goal that would've been. I don't mind if we score a couple of scrappy goals but if that one had gone in as well then we would've scored two great goals today. But we'll take the goal and a clean sheet."

On Christian Saydee and the substitutes:

"He got stamped on and because it was on the front of his foot, he couldn't start sprinting. He carried on until half-time but I knew it would stiffen up and he wouldn't be able to carry on. I thought Rob Street did very well when he came on. I thought both he and Ryan Bowman did fantastically when they came on."

On Dan Green's red card:

"He's a bad boy, isn't he? We'll need to have a word with him in the week! Dan's the nicest guy you'll come across and we've had two or three players go down injured, and really what should happen is that physios should be allowed to go onto the field of play. What I think has happened is that the fourth official was under pressure a bit today but it was a tough game to referee."

On Tuesday night's game away at Stockport:

"It will be a young team again with a sprinkling of the players who are on the bench or haven't played so much."

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