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Post Exeter | Chey Dunkley

14 September 2022


Post Exeter | Chey Dunkley

14 September 2022

Match-winner Chey Dunkley spoke to the press after scoring in stoppage-time to earn Shrewsbury a dramatic 3-2 victory over Exeter.

Town found themselves 2-0 down after 20 minutes against the Grecians with Pierce Sweeney putting the visitors ahead and Jonathan Grounds then doubling their advantage with a hugely fortunate deflection.

Just before that second goal, manager Steve Cotterill opted to switch from a 3-4-2-1 formation to a 4-2-3-1 system with the boss unhappy with how his side started the game.

And that tactical change helped inspire a dramatic come-back.

Town pulled a goal back through Matthew Pennington just a minute after Grounds' goal. Tom Bayliss then pulled Shrewsbury level with an excellent half-volley from just inside the box.

Then deep into added-on time, Dunkley, who spoke to the media post-match, claimed all three points for Town when he fired in from close range.


"We wanted to get back-to-back wins and we have done that. But we did make it tough. 

"We didn’t start well and we need to learn from that. But we will analyse the game – we will take the positives and we will look at the negatives and where we can improve. 

"But it was brilliant to get three points – even if you’re not at your best for 90 minutes, to get three points – that just shows the passion in this squad to fight back from going 2-0 down. 

"To win the game shows our character. You need that if you are going to finish in the top half of the table and push for even greater things."


"I’m well-seasoned playing in a four. The last couple of seasons I have played in a three but I think playing in a four actually suits me. 

"It’s good from the gaffer. He has had to make decisions and that is why he is the gaffer because what he has done has helped us. 

"That is why he does well wherever he goes. He made those decisions and it worked out well for us. 

"I’m experienced enough to play in a four or a three so once that change was made it was comfortable going into a back four."


"When I go up, it’s not just me, it’s Tom Flanagan, Matty Pennington – when we go up we are no longer centre-halves, we are attackers, we are strikers. 

"Any second balls, any first contacts, we want to get on the end of it. 

"I think Flanno ended up winning a header, I took a good touch and then it was a shin-roll in! 

"But no matter how it goes in it’s good. In my head, it was just a case of getting a good touch and trying to hit the target. 

"If the keeper makes a great save then so be it. But fortunately for me, it hit the back of the net. 

"I said at the start of the season, when I go up – I have to go up with intent and that is what I do.  I try and affect the goal and score goals. 

"Me and Pennington have managed to do that and we scored with a wonderful strike from Bayliss who was arguably one of our better players today. He got man of the match. 

"I thought Tom Flanagan, for me, was outstanding. When we weren’t doing well in the first 20 minutes, he was doing well and galvanising the lads. 

"When I’m in the box I’ve just got to make sure I am ready for balls dropping in the box and try to get a goal so I’m happy I’ve done that."


"We’ve just got to plan now for Port Vale. It's going to be a tough game. I don’t think there are any easy games in League One. 

"I thought Exeter were good. Being a side that has come up from League Two, they had their spells. They have got their threats and they have scored a lot of goals this season. Fortunately for us, we dealt with that.

"Port Vale will be a different challenge – another side that’s been promoted from League Two. 

"You can’t ignore their momentum – they did very well last season. 

"I’ve seen it before, when you get promoted from a lower league, that can build into the next season. 

"It's for us to make sure we start well. We didn’t do that against Exeter but that is key against Port Vale."


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