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Post Burton Albion | Steve Cotterill

24 September 2022

Manager Steve Cotterill spoke to the press following Shrewsbury's 2-1 win over Burton Albion.

Goals from Christian Saydee - his second in as many matches - and Ryan Bowman saw Town to victory at Montgomery Waters Meadow.

It wasn't just the goalscorers, though, that caught the eye for Town - with goalkeeper Marko Marosi making some excellent saves despite dislocating his finger early in the second-half.

Speaking post-match, Cotterill praised the performance of the shot-stopper and also discussed the game, the goal scorers and Elliott Bennett - who made his first league appearance of the season following an ankle injury.

ON THE GAME:   

“It was an eventful afternoon, I think we had some good performances out there today. 

“But to start off with I think I have overtrained the players this week and I think that’s why there was some tiredness in us after 60 minutes onwards but that’s a lesson for me.   

 “As experienced as I am I think I made a mistake by over training them because at the end - with 13 additional minutes - I was nearly regretting it.   

“But I think there were some great performances by the lads also the subs that came on had an impact. 

“It was one of them lucky days. We changed the system and got the goal very quickly. We got it before they could get set and get any rhythm into our system.   

“Burton are a good team like I have said before, they are very dangerous. 

“If you don’t defend your box properly they will beat you. They are good on wide free kicks, long throws as well as corners you have to defend that. 

 “I thought coming into today, this was going to be a very dangerous game and when I looked at Burton in the lead up I said to the players that I had written more about Burton Albion than I had any other team this season but thankfully the lads have listened to it.” 

ON MARKO MAROSI: 

 “Marko Marosi at the end there was brilliant. He cut his hand and dislocated his finger - that’s why there was so much time added on. 

“But I thought he was magnificent in goal and I think he has probably earnt himself a few days off because I cannot see him do too much goalkeeping at the moment. 

“He will be alright for next weekend but he will be soar for a little while.  

“George Nurse also took a big knock and it was a day where we were light on defenders. 

“When people talk about the flexibility in the squad, today is the day when you want your squad to work so thankfully the recruitment took us that way. 

“I think missing Tom Flanagan in a game like today is not ideal because Flanagan is another six foot defender you need in these games otherwise you get pulled around. 

“But I thought the lads to a man were brilliant and we restricted them to very little.”  

ON THE SAYDEE AND BOWMAN GOALS: 

“I am really pleased with those goals. I thought today there were some spells where we played our best football.   

“I think Carl Winchester was very good in there today so all round I think it was a really good win for us.” 

ON SAYDEE GETTING TWO GOALS IN TWO GAMES: 

“I did say to him that two goals in two games was not good enough, when he gets 20 goals in 20 games then he will get a well done! 

“But let’s see how he goes when we get him up to speed as there are some things he still needs to work on. 

“It was a brilliant goal, he showed his strength, power and pace. He is almost undefendable at times. 

“But he has to keep going and we have to make sure we keep the hammer down on him and make sure he is fit more than anything else.  

“We want to get him even fitter - you see what he shows at the beginning of the game and what he shows after 70 minutes, there will be a drop in his performance. 

“That is understandable as he has only had a couple of games this season. I think he had one game before he came in so I might be expecting too much of him. 

“But I’d rather be demanding and him get his rewards, then he will accept the demands and we want that of our players.” 

ON ELLIOTT BENNETT: 

“Having 80 minutes (against Port Vale in the EFL TROPHY) the other night was a real benefit. Elliott gave us good composure in there at times today. 

“Late on when it was a bit scrappy and balls were going into the box, if you don’t win the first one you have to make sure you get hold of that second ball and get that composure pass off to give us another couple of passes. 

“I thought Elliott did that and I felt Carl Winchester did that.” 

ON HAVING NOW PLAYED 10 LEAGUE GAMES:  

“It's going okay but it’s more the football club I think about. 

“The people we have got working here, the people we work for and the players, I think we have got a good group. 

“I am very lucky with have got good staff. We saw the young boys have a run out the other night. 

“We knew that would be tough for them but it’s good for them to know the standard they have got to get up to. 

“I think at the moment the football club seems in a pretty good place.” 

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