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Pre Charlton | Steve Cotterill

20 October 2022


Pre Charlton | Steve Cotterill

20 October 2022

Manager Steve Cotterill met with the media ahead of our clash with Charlton on Saturday.

Town welcome Ben Garner’s side to Montgomery Waters Meadow looking to register their third consecutive victory in League One. 

That run has seen us climb to eighth in the table, level on points with sixth-placed Barnsley. 

And there was further good news this week when Aiden O’Brien made his first start for the club in the Papa John’s Trophy clash at Stockport – with the forward now fully recovered after undergoing surgery on his hip. 

Speaking ahead of the game against the Addicks, the gaffer discussed Aiden's injury and also gave a fitness update on Marko Marosi after the goalkeeper returned from a finger injury for last Saturday’s win at Fleetwood. 


"It was a huge positive and his stats were good as well. When you look back on it, you think at the time they are good, in terms of him getting about the pitch. We are really pleased with that and there are no signs of the injury which are really important. He is okay, he’s in a good place. 

"It’s been a frustrating injury for him. I think it has been more difficult for him because he is new to the club. 

"It's not like he has played for a season and then missed the first two or three months. I think that’s always a difficult one. 

"He’ll be coming in and thinking things like, ‘they’ll be thinking am I ever going to play?’ or ‘am I injury prone?’ 

"But it’s just one of those freak things that can happen.  When you are new to a club, though, the first thing you want to do is prove yourself. He’s not been able to do that. 

"But he is a great lad, really positive in the dressing room and we’re really pleased that he is back with us and hopefully – touch wood – it stays that way for the rest of the season."


"He is fine. He’s good. It was just time with that. In the first two weeks there is a risk of a dislocation.  

"He had his stitches in, which made it hard to make a fist. It was a bit swollen. But now, with a bit more treatment and time, he is good."


"He is back on the grass which is a bonus. He is moving in the right direction."


"It's nice you can sit and look at it at the moment – it is pretty good. 

"But it’s about where you are in May, not where we are now. 

"I can’t say to you, when we were 18th last year, it’s about where you are come May and then all of a sudden fall over myself and say how well we are doing because we’re eighth in the table. 

"We are pretty much on an even keel. It’s about keeping on getting performances – that is what we need to do. 

"I think it’s good for everybody at the football club, when it comes up on Sky, that you see yourselves in the top half of the table rather than the bottom half. 

"But other than that I wouldn’t get carried away – it's about the next game for me. It’s about staying focused. 

"I know that this game is like, I’ve been in it a long time now and it’s about staying focussed, you just have to make sure you keep training well, you keep preparing well and hopefully you get your rewards at the end of the season."


"They have just had a couple of good results. Ben Garner has gone down there, I know Ben from Bristol Rovers. 

"I think he has gone down there and done a good job. It takes time to turn a football club around and that is what he needs there to be successful. He needs time."


"We have been pretty consistent so far this season. But we are just looking at the next game. It doesn’t matter whether it’s three games in a row – it's just the next game. 

"The last two games that we have won – they are gone now. You don’t get any more points for them. They are gone. It's about the next game, the next game, the next game."Generic-Web-Banner-Home-22-23.jpg

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