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Post Exeter | Steve Cotterill

14 February 2023


Post Exeter | Steve Cotterill

14 February 2023

Steve Cotterill met with the press after tonight's 0-0 draw at Exeter.

Following a six-match winning run, Town made it save games unbeaten in League One by securing an excellent point at St James Park.

Steve Cotterill's side came a whisker away from earning another victory - with Town creating the best chances in the game, including Tom Bayliss hitting the bar from just outside the six-yard box.

But they also defended well and had to cope without three centre-backs for the final 20 minutes - with Taylor Moore coming off injured and Tom Flanagan (suspended) and Matt Pennington (injured) already unavailable.

Speaking after the game, Steve discussed his team's performance and praised the character of his players after they battled their way to another good point.


"It was a very good point. I think we have had the best chances in the game – but it is a good point because of our circumstances at the moment. 

"Losing two out of three defenders – and then losing a third one in the game and having to switch to a back four at the end. 

"It was incredibly difficult. It was going to be difficult before the game with the situation we are in. 

"We didn’t have two recognised centre-backs. And then all of a sudden, we lose another centre-back. By the end of the game, we have got one centre-back. 

"That is incredibly difficult to get over because it disrupts the flow of the rest of the team. 

"It was an incredibly tough game for our boys but that could well turn out to be an important point for us." 


"We had the best chances to win the game – that is the annoying thing. 

"You would put money on Tom Bayliss scoring from there. 

"But what was pleasing about that, he missed one earlier in the season at home and he wasted the next 40 minutes thinking about the chance he missed. 

"It was really good today, I thought there was progress in Tom Bayliss’ thought process – he didn’t stop trying and he kept getting himself in there. 

"In that game where he missed the chance at home, he dipped a little bit because he was still thinking about the chance he missed. 

"If he gets that chance again, Tom will score. We could be coming away from here with another really good clean sheet and a 1-0 victory." 


"I thought Rekeil (Pyke) and Tom (Bloxham) did well when they came on.  

"What you run the risk of there – being in a back four – is them pushing their wing-backs higher and leaving their 10s in there. 

"At some stage, man-for-man, they can have an overload on one side of the pitch. 

"I’m really, really, pleased with the boys. They absolutely stuck their neck on the block and kept plugging away. 

"It was a really hard-earned point. We didn’t deserve to lose the game that’s for sure." 


"A couple of the saves he made did look a little bit spectacular if you know what I mean. 

"He is a good shot-stopping goalkeeper so I would expect him to make those saves. 

"But all-around it was a really good clean sheet. 

"It's really tough for us at the moment. We are pushing uphill all the time. But we have done that all season."


"It’s his groin but we don’t know how bad and we won’t be able to assess that just yet.  

"We don’t know if his groin had gone tight and he can’t stretch it or whether he has pulled it. We actually don’t know that at this moment in time. It’s too early."


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