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Pre Wycombe | Steve Cotterill

23 February 2023


Pre Wycombe | Steve Cotterill

23 February 2023

Manager Steve Cotterill chatted to the media ahead of our League One clash against Wycombe on Saturday.

The Chairboys head to Shropshire for what will be their first game under new boss Matt Bloomfield - with Gareth Ainsworth leaving for QPR earlier this week following 13 years in charge.

Last weekend, Town saw a seven-match unbeaten run come to an end when we were beaten at Accrington Stanley.

Since then, though, Stanley's Tommy Leigh has been charged by the FA for violent conduct after appearing to elbow Christian Saydee in the face in the second minute.

If the midfielder goes on to be retrospectively banned, it will be the sixth time this season we have been involved in a game where the referee has given an incorrect red card decision against us.

Speaking to the assembled media, Steve discussed the fitness of his squad and the refereeing decisions that have gone against his side.

The boss also talked about Matt Pennington (injured) and Tom Flanagan (suspended) who returned to the team for the trip to Accrington.

And the Gaffer also paid tribute to legendary commentator John Motson who, following an illustrious 50-year career, has died aged 77.


"There has been nothing new. It’s been a better training week for Matthew Pennington and Tom Flanagan. 

"Taylor Moore – we are hopeful about him as well so it’s been an okay week. 

"We are hopeful with Taylor. He has done more in his build-up to the game. It’s now just about any reactions.  

"We are hopeful on him. I don’t want to put the kiss of death on it. But we are hopeful of having him available for selection."


"The defence has been strong all season. I think even by their own admission, I don’t think Tom was where he wanted to be last week. 

"And I don’t think Matthew was either. But I think that is understandable when you miss chunks of the season, it was three weeks for Penno. 

"I think it’s a tricky game when you have had a bang on the head – when you have had a concussion. Your first header, how are you going to feel with it? 

"For 60/70 minutes I didn’t think Penno was quite right. But as the game went on, he got more confident and he looks more confident in training this week. 

"Hopefully, that scare and that worry he had is behind him and we’ve got a bit of sharpness back into Tom Flanagan again."


"We have had red cards go against us all season and last week. 

"Referees need to sharpen up. They need to have their wits about them a bit more. 

"I understand they can’t see everything and the retrospective bans that have come in, they are right because there are a lot of things that have happened over the years – not just this season. 

"When I was playing, I played alongside a striker that was punched within 30 seconds of kick-off. 

"Within 30 seconds of kick-off he was flat on the floor with blood on the back of his head. 

"I know times are not quite like that anymore. However, with all the cameras we have these days – you can’t get away with anything. 

"I don’t imagine any of our lads – and I hope I’m not speaking before it – I don’t see any of our lads getting a retrospective ban for doing something like that. I genuinely don’t. 

"We play fair. We absolutely play fair. I don’t tell them to do any of those things – dive around, I don’t tell them to cheat on anything. Nothing. 

"It is only a short-term gain and there will definitely be long-term pain in there for you if you do it. 

"What goes around comes around in this game. It doesn’t matter how long you have got to wait, that is what happens. 

"I know it’s a hard job being a referee. Would I want to be a referee? Never in a million years.

"I know it’s a difficult job but some of it (the decisions going wrong) are just common sense."  


"Their team is not going to change that much. Matt (Bloomfield) hasn’t been in there long to change anything too dramatically. 

"And why would you when it has been so successful for Gareth (Ainsworth) and Wycombe for the last 10 years? 

"It will good to meet Matt but also sad not to see Gareth because I have known him for a long, long, time. 

"I wish him all the best at QPR. But really this week is about us concentrating on ourselves. It's not about any other what-if scenarios."


"I had spoken to John numerous times over the years. He was an unbelievable character, he had great knowledge.

"He was infectious. If you had a conversation with him about football, my god, you were right in that conversation. He was so enthusiastic and so knowledgeable. 

"He was a fantastic professional. That sheepskin coat of his became legendary.

"He was a great man and it’s another huge loss for football. It’s very, very, sad. 

"From myself and everyone at the football club, our best wishes go to his family. What a top guy, an absolute top guy."


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