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Post Accrington | Steve Cotterill

18 February 2023


Post Accrington | Steve Cotterill

18 February 2023

Steve Cotterill met with the press following today's defeat at Accrington Stanley.

Shrewsbury Town's seven-game unbeaten run came to an end this afternoon with a narrow loss at the Wham Stadium.

Despite having the better chances in the game, Salop could not break down their host's stubborn defense following Aaron Pressley's 13th-minute opener. 

The hosts were fortunate to have 11 men on the field when they scored with Tommy Leigh, off the ball, catching Christian Saydee in the face with his arm in the opening few minutes.

That was one of a number of key decisions that seemed to go against Town on the day.

Speaking post-match, Steve gave his thoughts on the game and his side's performance.


"I definitely won't be happy with that. I've just been shown something that could be a retrospective red card for one of their lads (for a foul) on Christian Saydee.

"Something else went on in the net right at the death.

"The time they took over everything - how does he (the referee) only add six minutes on?

"The fourth official talking to the referee is a waste of time. The fourth official told him to add seven minutes so he then adds six. How can you go down (in added-on minutes) in a game like that?

"It's very difficult to get tempo into the game then, very difficult. We gave a sloppy goal away at the start of the game. If we'd just mopped that up they didn't look like scoring and in the second half they probably didn't get out of their half. 

"It's just disappointing. Disappointing all-round today."


"I thought the game was nothing in the first half.

"They kept switching the play, they got it out to their right wing-back who's tricky, we knew that. That's where the goal came from and we're disappointed.

"But other than that I don't remember anything else."


"A bit more energy. We changed shape and went to a 4-4-2 in the second half and then later on we ended up going to 4-3-3 to try and stretch them a bit more and open them up because 4-4-2 wasn't stretching them enough.

"We've had a couple of chances. We've hit the post at the end. We want somebody to tuck those chances away because we've had enough chances today to win the game and we haven't taken our chances.

"We got in enough goalscoring areas, [created] enough opportunities but we didn't take them today - that's what it's about.

"We said before the game [that] if we score a goal here or if we get two, we think we'll win the game. That just didn't work out in the end."


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