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Post Oxford United | Steve Cotterill

4 February 2023


Post Oxford United | Steve Cotterill

4 February 2023

Steve Cotterill chatted to the media after Shrewsbury secured a fifth successive win in the league for the first time since 2015.

A goal from substitute Ryan Bowman in the 74th minute saw Town continue their outstanding form at the Kassam Stadium.

It means our last four goals have all come from substitutes with Tom Bayliss netting a late winner at MK Dons and Rekeil Pyke and Ryan Bowman scoring in stoppage time to topple Forest Green Rovers.

Town defended impressively in Oxfordshire with Marko Marosi and Chey Dunkley, in particular, catching the eye.

And Steve was delighted with the character his team showed to earn all three points - with the boss believing the game was a statement of how far they have come under his tenure.


"I'm pleased with the three points. I think we could've played better today. I think they're a very good team as I said in the build-up to the game. They are a good team.

"[Oxford] changed things around a little bit. They were fresher today than I thought they were going to be. They freshened up a few positions and they were always a threat in the game. 

"We worked a lot on their long throws and their corners because we knew that was going to be really key today. 

"I thought how the lads defended those long throws was excellent. I thought they were a real threat.

"They caused Barnsley trouble the other night with those long throws and when Elliott Moore comes up in the box, he's a big unit.

"It's hard to stop him when he hides behind someone, comes in, gets the flick, and then on the back of that you've got (Sam) Long coming in, (Ciaron) Brown is very good in the air - they're really difficult situations.

"When you're defending that area you can't make any mistakes. You've got to get to every second ball, get it out of your box and get rid of that moment.

"We've done a fair bit of work on that in the build-up and thankfully that paid off today."


"He hasn't been called upon a lot to keep clean sheets. It's normally been the back three that have probably protected him. But he was called upon a couple of times today and I thought he made important saves at important times."


"Chey Dunkley, I thought he was magnificent today.

"He made one mistake and had he had long studs in it (the ball) probably wouldn't have snuck under his boot. That one sneaks under his boot and Marko makes a great save at an important time."


"As we've said before, there are key moments in games.

"Tom Bloxham's effort, he doesn't always understand out-of-possession Tom, so it can be a bit of a risk.

"I just felt we needed something a little bit different today. I nearly, nearly, made the changes at half-time but I thought I'd give the lads a few more moments out there.

"It was a great effort from Tom. Ryan's goal was a great goal - I'm really pleased for him. We're delighted with the three points and with the clean sheet."


"I said when I came in, Oxford were streets ahead of us when I came into Shrewsbury.
"We came down here and we got beat 4-1 by them, there were a couple of 3-2 games at home that have gone their way.
"I thought earlier in the season - the 1-1 game at our place - I thought we had closed the gap and I thought we should have won the game that day.
"It has been a mammoth task to try and bridge that gap from a team that I took over that was bottom of League One that really was going to get relegated.
"That team was going to get relegated. So to come here and beat these on their own patch, I think the squad have taken massive steps forwards.
"But it has taken a long time because there were a lot of players here and a lot of players under contract. It has been incredibly hard work.
"No one will ever know the hard work that has gone into that. But they are a great set of lads to go in and work with every day.
"All of my staff, they are all pulling in the same direction so well done to them.
"We defended well today - but we had to. They are a good team Oxford. They have got some really good players here, some really talented players. 

"Their budget will dwarf ours. It will dwarf it. We will be nowhere near it in terms of money so I think that’s a great achievement for our boys to compete with the squad Oxford have got because our budget won't even be half of Oxford's.

"We are delighted with the win but are very realistic and very humble with it as well."


"I was walking over there it was good to see our boys celebrating with supporters.
"Even though you win at home and you can celebrate with supporters - there is always something extra special about winning away.
"When you go into a hostile environment, your crowd are pocketed away into one corner which happens at most stadiums. And today their journey home will be a nice one."


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