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Pre Oxford | Steve Cotterill

8 September 2022


Pre Oxford | Steve Cotterill

8 September 2022

Manager Steve Cotterill spoke to the press ahead of our League One clash against Oxford.

Town host Karl Robinson's side on Saturday looking to register back-to-back wins following the victory at Forest Green Rovers last weekend.

Jordan Shipley was one the players to catch the eye at The New Lawn with the 24-year-old scoring and registering an assist in an all-round impressive display.

New recruits Rob Street, Christian Saydee and Carl Winchester also made a positive impression from the bench.

And speaking to the media, boss Cotterill discussed those players, gave an update on the fitness of Elliott Bennett and discussed the upcoming game against The U's.


"It was a professional performance. There are some parts of it that we are working on that we want to get better at. 

"We have been doing that this morning. We just want to improve as much as we can. 

"We need to build on top of the good things we have done and work on some of those things we haven’t done so well."


"He started a bit slower than we would have wanted. But with all the new signings, they are settling in and getting to know each other, but they don't know each other football-wise yet.  

"Until you bring a player through the door, you are hoping what you purchased is what you want. 

"Then you look even more at the things he is good at and the things he is not so good at. 

"We are pleased with the purchase of him and that he is now getting plaudits for some better performances. 

"But it does take time to settle in. Hopefully, he will now go from strength to strength."


"I think they are settling in very well. They have had to jump hotels a couple of times. I don’t know what is going on in Shrewsbury and Telford but it seems every hotel is booked. 

"They have had to move a couple of times but they are okay. One will be getting sorted out with a permanent residence this afternoon. And the other two we are still working with to try and find them good properties to go into."


"It was good to get them some minutes. Carl Winchester had done pre-season but then he missed the start of the season a little bit. 

"And then Christian Saydee had played in a few games. Rob Street had probably played in the most games so they were at different levels of fitness. 

"But they have done some extra work – all of them. I would imagine it won’t take them long to get up to speed. 

"It’s always hard when you come into a new club so we won’t expect too much from them early on other than honesty and hard work and then we’ll see where that takes us."


"He has had a good week. We just need to wait and see where Elliott is and get his fitness levels up. 

"I think now, touch-wood, we are okay with the injury. He is obviously got to treat it (his injury) and look after it. 

"But I think it’s more about getting him up to speed now because he hasn’t done a pre-season." 


"You have got to be defensively strong but offensively strong as well. 

"If we could tick the other box we might be top of the league but we’re not. 

"I don’t mean this disrespectfully to any player at all – but the striker that is going to score you 20 goals is always harder to come by than the centre-back who helps you keep clean sheets. 

"The building blocks here are well in place in terms of organisation without the ball. 

"We have got to try and get all our forward players firing and confident. We need our flair players to come to the party because they are almost always the difference-makers."


"You can’t just have defenders defending. If you have that you’ll never keep a clean sheet – never in a million years. 

"We defend from the front but attack from the back because all components of the team have to be inter-linked. 

"There has to be a relationship between the defence, the midfielders and the strikers to attack. 

"And there has got to be a link between the strikers, midfielders and defenders and the goalkeeper to defend. 

"It's all round. We work a lot of team play and it involves every player, including Marko (Marosi). 


"What we have got to do is start getting a couple of wins on the board at home. 

"If we look at the couple of games we have lost, the one against Ipswich we were beaten by a better team on the day and beaten by a fresher team on the day. 

"And the game against Accrington we never deserved to lose. And we wouldn’t have done if we hadn’t gone down to 10 men. 

"We never looked like losing that game. And then we got the red card, which was never a red card. 

"You can get that red card downgraded to a yellow but you can’t get those three points – we just have to suck that one up. There is nothing you can do about that."


"It will be a tough game. They have put a strong squad together that they have had now for quite a while. 

"I think last year we gave away a penalty late on. It’s probably the closest we have come to getting a result out of them since I’ve been here. 

"So let’s hope this season we can go one better."


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