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Post Plymouth | Steve Cotterill

18 April 2023


Post Plymouth | Steve Cotterill

18 April 2023

Manager Steve Cotterill spoke to the media following our heartbreaking, last-minute, defeat to Plymouth.

Town hosted the League One leaders at Montgomery Waters Meadow still contending with a raft of injury problems with Dan Udoh, George Nurse, Tom Bayliss, Rekeil Pyke, Matt Pennington and Christian Saydee all in the treatment room.

On top of that, both Tom Flanagan and Ryan Bowman were suspended for the visit of Steven Schumacher's side.

With so few players available, Town named a bench consisting of just four subs - with youngsters Nana Owusu, Declan Hutchings and Travis Hernes joining goalkeeper Harry Burgoyne.

Nevertheless, Steve's side put in an outstanding performance and deservedly took the lead through a wonderful Killian Phillips goal early in the second half.

Town restricted Plymouth to very few chances over the course of the 90 minutes. 

But Joe Edwards levelled the score before the visitors snatched victory with a goal from Callum Wright in the sixth minute of added-on time.

And speaking post-match, Steve made clear just how proud he was of his players.


"There is nothing new there. Their effort has been outstanding all season - all 42 games and the cup games.
"That is nothing new. Nothing new. That is what they have done. 
"They have been outstanding. Outstanding. They should have won Saturday and they could have won tonight. 
"It was an incredible effort by the boys. I have just said in there 'I'm sorry.' I apologised for what I have had to put them through because that is what I feel. 
"I feel really, really, sorry for them. I'm heartbroken for them tonight. That is how I feel."
"The boys were brilliant, they were outstanding to a man. Absolutely outstanding.
"We had 10 senior professionals and one young player (Kade Craig) making his debut back there, they were outstanding. 
"We've got players who have not played playing in a back four tonight. Benno (Elliott Bennett) hasn't played a lot, Kade Craig has not played at all. 
"Taylor Moore has played everywhere bar in goal, and they are an absolute credit. They are a credit to their families and they have been an enormous credit to this football club. 
"They have been magnificent this season these boys. Absolutely magnificent and I cannot praise them enough. 
"But I tell you what I am, I am sorry for putting them through it, that is what I really am.
"I just apologised to them in there (the dressing room). I said 'thank you but I am sorry'. And I walked out - those were my only words today."


"He is a tough boy. The only men’s football he’s had was going out on loan to Telford – and then he dislocated his shoulder. 

"He has been doing his rehabilitation, he has come back and he’s been thrown into that because there is nobody else left. There is nobody else left. 

"We have had some really bad injuries this year – there is not a lot I can do about cruciates, ruptured ankle ligaments, there is not a lot I can do about that. 

"And just before anyone mentions anything about the sending-offs, some of the refereeing as well that has had those players sent off. 

"The boys have been magnificent. And they won’t be any different with four games to go."


"It was a great goal. A great goal. 

"It’s funny because when he went through there was quite a bit of time and I was thinking ‘please score tonight’ because he missed a chance of Saturday and he was hard on himself. 

"It was an outstanding finish from him. And he’s been like all the others, I’ll tell you now – for years – there won’t be a group of players that will play at this football club that will give what this mob have given. 

"And that’s in an incredibly tough league. 

"There will not be a group of players here, in my lifetime, that will end up giving what these boys have given. They have been magnificent."


"It looked like we were going to get three points. 

"They weren’t opening us up, they weren’t opening us up at all. 

"We knew that was the type of game we had to play tonight – we had no other way of playing any type of game. 

"And I thought tonight, the way we were – I thought we were great. And it nearly, nearly, got us that win.  

"And nearly, nearly, got us that point that would have been the very least we deserved against a team that is top of the table. 

"And what will happen now – Plymouth probably, because of their fixtures, I think they have got three at home now which is a very difficult place to go. 

"That Green Army down there will probably roar them home now. This was a huge result for them tonight, you could see that in the way they celebrated when they got that second goal. 

"But our boys were magnificent."Generic-Web-Banner-Home-22-23.jpg

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