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Post Wycombe | Steve Cotterill

25 February 2023


Post Wycombe | Steve Cotterill

25 February 2023

Manager Steve Cotterill described his team's performance as "incredible" after watching Shrewsbury secure an excellent 2-0 win over Wycombe.

The Chairboys headed to Montgomery Waters Meadow having won their last five games.

But a Jordan Willis own-goal and a strike from substitute Rekeil Pyke, who scored just moments after coming on, saw Town to a convincing victory.

The result means - with 13 games still to go - we have amassed more points this season than we did for the entire 2021/22 campaign.

Speaking to the assembled media post-match, Steve discussed his team's excellent performance and the progress his team has made over the past 12 months.


"They (Wycombe) are a very good team. We knew that coming into the game – how difficult it was going to be. 

"It wasn’t just a difficult game because they are a good team, it was a difficult game because they have got a new manager in, they are on a winning run like we were – winning five games on the spin. 

"It was an incredible performance by the boys and a really difficult game that you have to navigate your way around. 

"But I thought to a man today, the boys – and the substitutes that came on – they all had a huge impact on the game." 


"Christian Saydee is involved in a lot of our build-up. We spoke about where we thought he would be effective. 

"He was brilliant today. And Ryan Bowman up there as well, I felt they gave us a really good start in the game that Ricky (Rekeil Pyke) and Rob (Street) finished it off for us. 

"It is really, really, important the squad boys stay up to speed. They were brilliant; the boys that didn’t start – what they are is really all-in for the rest of the lads which is quite unique. 

"It doesn’t happen very often at a football club that you get it quite as special as we have got it. 

"I've just said to them, they will remember these team mates for years to come. They are a really connected bunch."


"I’m chuffed. When they come on and are fresh – maybe we can catch them (off guard). 

"Ricky (Pyke) is a great lad. I think he is coming to the fore and this is his best season, where I have had that extra time with him. 

"I’ve always liked Ricky. He’s an incredibly popular boy in the dressing room. And he is doing a great job for the team. And Rob Street is the same. 

“But I was really chuffed for Ricky to get that goal.” 


"I think they (Wycombe) are brilliant on interceptions – we knew that coming into the game.  

"So any sort of square ball or any ball that hasn’t got any speed on it will get jumped and will get intercepted and then they are off and running. 

"You have got the quality of Garath McCleary who I had at Nottingham Forest. Not only is he a great player but he is a diamond of a lad as well. He is a brilliant, brilliant, boy I love him to death. 

"It was great to see him today but I’m glad, obviously, he didn’t put one in our net. 

"And then you have got Lewis Wing in their midfield. The way he strikes a ball – but we didn’t give him a look at our goal today. 

"He scored against Derby. Then he’s scored from a corner where he’s given it, got the return ball and smashed it in at the near post. 

"We worked really hard on Thursday and Friday making sure that we don’t get caught cold with any of that. 

"I thought we were brilliant at that today. Absolutely brilliant at that. That’s so important to keeping that clean sheet. If you switch off, they will catch you."


"There won’t be many teams that achieve that but we have also had the double done over us a couple of times. 

"Accrington, Cheltenham are games we are disappointed with. I’m sure there will be disappointment for them that we have done the double over them. 

"But it’s over the course of the season, sometimes it falls for you and sometimes it doesn’t. We are just grateful for the three points and nothing else."


"Let’s hope we get a few more! I think 51 points will definitely keep us up!

"But there has been so much hard work that's been put into this, not just this year where everyone is seeing the fruits of the labour. 

"It’s been about putting those solid foundations in – all of last year and trying to get together a group of lads that are younger. 

"To do it with our budget, I couldn’t tell you how stressful that has been. And working really, really, hard when nobody sees it. 

"There has been quite a bit of work with all of that. 

"The recruitment that I think Keith (head of recruitment Keith Burt) and myself have managed to do here, I think has been very different at different times. But it really has been hard work. 

"But on days like today and moments you have in the dressing room with all those lads, I actually count myself lucky because you don’t always get it right. 

"And by the way, when you don’t get it right, you don’t half have enough people telling you about it. 

"But it’s nice that perhaps people think we have got it right in terms of the dressing room. 

"But the big part of it is actually enjoying it, enjoying the moment. We know we have got a lot of tough games to come – we know that. But we will prepare as always and see where that takes us."


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