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Post Portsmouth | Steve Cotterill

29 October 2022


Post Portsmouth | Steve Cotterill

29 October 2022

Steve Cotterill spoke to the press following Town's draw at Portsmouth.

Just four days after making the long trip to Plymouth, Shrewsbury battled to an excellent point at Fratton Park.

Elliott Bennett put Town ahead with a smart finish just before the half-hour mark. But Pompey went on to equalise when Zak Swanson curled in a brilliant strike from 20-yards.

And speaking after the game, the gaffer discussed his team's performance, Bennett's goal, the absence of injured duo Aiden O'Brien and Julien Dacosta as well as our brilliant travelling fans.


"It is (an excellent away point), we could've had two excellent away points in the last few days between Plymouth away on Tuesday and Porstmouth away today.

"I don't know too many more difficult away games that we could've had back-to-back and I thought the lads to a man - with the travelling to Plymouth and back, the recovery, and then to go again at Portsmouth is an incredibly tough schedule.

"There will be other clubs up and down the country who will say they have to do this and they have to do that when our fixtures get highlighted, but the thing is that there won't be too many clubs.

"The travelling we've had to do during the last four days is incredible really. I thought the boys were incredible. We were excellent at Plymouth and we were excellent again today.

"The energy that we showed in that second half to get in blocks and put our bodies on the line, you don't do that without a really good team spirit.

"I said to the boys in there, they should be really really proud of themselves tonight and their families should be really proud of them, really proud.

"It is a really tough place to come, I know that, I spent a good time here - with the fans they get behind them, it's a really tough place to come."


"I spoke to Elliott a little bit and said that when Jordan Shipley gets down that left side, he's got to be in at that back post because there are so many goals in that for the opposite wing-back.

"Jordan flashes the ball across the box so to get in there is really important.

"It was a great finish, I know the first one has come to Wini (Carl Winchester) and it's come off the inside of the post but it's a great finish, a really controlled finish."


"We were disappointed with that. Just after we scored I said to the players that Portsmouth were trying to overload the right-hand side and they were on one touch.

"What we needed to do in that pressing moment was not go in so hard on that one touch and Jordan Shipley just said to be 'if only I hadn't gone in on that one because he'd have won the ball. But it's very difficult. 

"Jordan has just done three games at wing-back in a week and that's a really hard shift. I'm incredibly proud of the boys."


"We had a couple of injuries during the week to Aiden O'Brien and Julien Dacosta.

"They've fallen foul to the re-emergence of their injuries - separate injuries but knock-on effects - so they were not involved today.

"They went for scans so we should know more on Monday."


"The support that we've had this week - and we get great support wherever we go - but the support this week has been brilliant.

"They pay their money and get behind us at home and those that come away do the same but the traveling to Plymouth and back and then down here today and back is why we stayed and applauded them at the end.

"Thank you from myself and the players for the support we've received this week."


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