Skip to main content Skip to site footer

Post Barnsley | Steve Cotterill

10 April 2023


Post Barnsley | Steve Cotterill

10 April 2023

Steve Cotterill met with the press after today's game against Barnsley.

Salop fell to a 2-1 defeat at Oakwell on Easter Monday, going 2-0 down before half-time, despite a spirited start, and then pulling one back through Killian Phillips in added time at the end of the game.

Both sides went down to ten men in the match, with Nicky Cadden and Ryan Bowman receiving their marching orders in the 74th and 99th minute respectively.

The boss felt he could take encouragement from his side's performance, saying he felt Town had shown more spirit and fight in Yorkshire.


"I thought they fought today. I thought they got the fight back in them a little bit today, I think perhaps that's been missing in a couple of games.

"But I thought that they had good fight, good spirit in them today.

"[We] could've easily, at the end there, ended up getting a result, we could've got a draw out of that game.

"We probably didn't move the ball quick enough. They went down to ten men and then all of a sudden we go down to ten men.

"I actually haven't seen any of the incidents to talk to you about any of the red cards. I haven't watched it back yet. I've just been out here talking to our staff so I haven't looked at anything yet. You're quite welcome to ask me about it next time out if you wish.

"We always knew it was going to be a tough game here. Obviously, they're riding high in the table. The game for me [in the first half] was probably about 50-50 with 40 minutes on the clock.

"We then make a mistake which is a really tough one to take and then before we came out [for the game] we said about how it's a good pitch here.

"It was lively and we said we had to follow shots in at both ends of the pitch and we weren't quick enough with our reactions certainly to the second goal, so all of a sudden we go into half-time 2-0 down but for me, there was nothing in the game. I suppose that was a disappointing part of it.

"We changed formation in the second half which got us back in, got us a bit more of the game.

"And then when we get the goal you're just hoping a few more balls will flash across the box and we can get a finish on them.

"They end up changing their formation twice in that last period so yeah, a narrow defeat and not a lot we can do about it now."


"It was a good goal. We could've had a couple more like that with a few movements down that side in the second half but yeah, we get the goal and we couldn't get another one."


"[It's a] penalty on Killian. Clear. Clear penalty. Killian Phillips heads it and the lad goes into him.

"If that's a penalty at Peterborough (on Good Friday), that's two penalties in one. The difference is huge. We've ended up having one given against us against Peterborough on Friday that is never a penalty. And that one is absolutely nailed on. Nailed on penalty. But like I've said before, we've not had the rub of the green with referees this season."


"Yeah, I do. I thought today I got my team back a little bit, a bit of fight, a bit of spirit in it. I'd worried if we'd lost that a bit but today proved the lads are ready for these final games however tough they are, and we're going to see it all the way through."


Advertisement block

iFollow Next Match Tickets Account