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Pre Fleetwood | Steve Cotterill

13 October 2022


Pre Fleetwood | Steve Cotterill

13 October 2022

Manager Steve Cotterill spoke to the media ahead of our trip to Fleetwood.

Town travel to Highbury Stadium on the back of an impressive performance against MK Dons last weekend.

Steve Cotterill's side entered the game with Marko Marosi and Julien Dacosta missing out through injury.

And when Matt Pennington came off in the first-half with a knock, Town again had to shuffle their pack and make positional changes.

Nevertheless, the team impressed as they went on to secure a 2-1 win - with Luke Leahy catching the eye after he battled his way through the 90 minutes despite having an arm problem.

And when speaking to the press, the gaffer praised the character of his team whilst also giving his thoughts on Fleetwood and goalkeeper Harry Burgoyne - who has deputised for Marko Marosi in the last two games. 


"It’s been a good week. It couldn’t have got any more difficult than the last two and the disappointments we have had with injuries. 

"But I thought we played really well against MK Dons. It was a good win.  

"I felt like we played some really good, controlled, possession football which is what I would like us to play – but you can’t play it all the time. 

"I was really, really pleased and had a bit of a warm feeling over the weekend where I thought ‘yeah, I like that.’ 

"It’s been a better week and regarding all the injuries – there will be late decisions with all of them, that is where we are."


"Luke stuck his neck on the block with his injury. 

"It was tricky last week. It’s a bit better now but it’s not where he would want it to be. And I think that fall on it at the end didn’t help – when he made a block from Will Grigg. 

"He does epitomise the team but none of the others would be any different. 

"It's very difficult to get Dan Udoh back in two weeks when he has a cruciate ligament injury and George Nurse who hasn’t had his operation yet. 

"But Luke did play with quite a debilitating injury and he did really well to get through the 90 minutes."


"We had to make four or five positional changes (against MK Dons) but there wasn’t anyone playing in a position they hadn’t played before.  

"I don’t want to say the adjustments were seamless – but it did feel a little bit that way. 

"A lot that comes from practice on the training ground and then of course playing them in matches. You can practice all you like but if you aren’t experimental or bold enough you are never going to find out. 

"There were a couple of occasions in pre-season I found out about a few things. There was a couple of times last year I found out about a couple of things. 

"I think you are always learning – that's the way I try and approach it. 

"We had a meeting on the touchline, tactically, about something that was going on in the game.  

"We ended up putting a total block on something they were trying to do to us – which was great. 

"But the good thing about it was the lads were saying ‘I can go here and he can do this.’ That was brilliant. They were coming up with suggestions so they need to take a lot of the credit for how they dealt with that. 

"A lot of time when you speak to groups of lads, they don’t want to talk for the fear of being wrong in front of their team mates. 

"And that can happen because they might only have one picture in their head. 

"But we open up, we get them to look at scenarios and ask them what can happen. We do that a lot in our team meetings. 

"We look at what we should have done, what the opposition may have done wrong that we can capitalise on. 

"We are very open like that and I think that’s good because you have got to learn about the game.  And the good thing about it is they like it, I do think players want to be coached. I do think they want to learn. 

"They are a good group to work with on the training ground and they are a good group to work with when you are in the classroom with them."


"He is going to be a late shout. He is better but it’s going to be one of those where we have to leave it up to the last minute."


"He's done great, I’m really pleased with Harry. He has come in and done a very good job. 

"It’s very difficult to be a number two goalkeeper, which is what he has become because Marko has become our number one. 

"And then all of a sudden he has to come in out the cold and play. That's the idea of the Papa John’s games, they have helped him. 

"He made a couple of saves at Cheltenham. He wasn’t at fault for any of the goals at Cheltenham. He wasn’t at fault for the goal at the weekend.  I think there have only be positives with Harry, for sure."


"I don’t know a stadium in this league that isn’t a tough place to go. The league is very, very competitive and Fleetwood will be no different. 

"We played well and won up there last year but that’s not to say that is going to be the case again this year. 

"It’s going to be a tough game, we know that. But it’s one we are looking forward to and one where we want to build on our performance last weekend." 


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