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Post MK Dons | Steve Cotterill

24 January 2023

Manager Steve Cotterill heaped praise on Shrewsbury's team spirit after a battling display saw us secure an excellent victory at MK Dons.

An 89th-minute goal from substitute Tom Bayliss saw Town secure a 1-0 victory at Stadium MK.

In what was an excellent team performance, Shrewsbury restricted the hosts to next to nothing in the way of clear-cut chances.

Then in the closing minutes, we went on to secure all three points when Taylor Moore collected the ball high up the pitch before finding Tom who showed bundles of composure to calmly slot the ball home.

Speaking to the assembled media, Steve discussed his team's performance, praised Tom for his finish and hailed the 267 Town fans who made the journey to Buckinghamshire on what was a bitterly cold night.

ON THE PERFORMANCE:

"I’ve just said to the boys in there – there are many ways to win a football match. 

"You can have possession, not so much possession, defensively, all-out attack, counter-attack – there are lots of ways you can win a football match. 

"They (MK Dons) may be down in the lower parts of the league but they have got a really, really, good squad. 

"They will have been buoyed by the victory they had at the weekend so it was going to be one of those tricky games coming here. 

"It’s a big old pitch. I think our squad have done incredibly well now – over 27 games – to be still running and putting the energy they have put in to the game. 

"I said to them in there, coming together is the beginning of things. And then keeping together will get you to progress. And then working together will get you success. 

"Oddly, it’s the bit in the middle that trips you up, the keeping together - if you haven’t got a team spirit. 

"And that’s why we won the game tonight – because those boys in there are keeping together. They are keeping together and they don’t give in when they are tired. 

"We travelled down today. It's been a hard shift for them.  

"I just felt at half-time, the little bit of change of shape was better for us – certainly the way the game was going. I thought they had control of the middle of the park in the first half. They didn’t have so much control of the middle of the park in the second half. 

"And then if we are going to get an opportunity in that area, I don’t mind Tom Bayliss on it because his technique is probably Premier League. 

"Taylor Moore said in the dressing room, jokingly, he put him a little bit too wide because he thought he was going to cut it back for him to score. Thank god he never! 

"A lot has been said about our boys. But those things I’ve mentioned there, they are the bits that keep them going. It was a really, really, tough, hard, honest, three-points we got tonight."

ON THE FANS:
 
"I don't know how many of them were down here tonight but hopefully they will all have a safe trip home.
 
"A big thanks to them for coming down here. It's a freezing cold night and a really difficult pitch as well.
 
"Their pitch is normally first class but it was difficult out there tonight for both teams - but probably more difficult for us because they had more of the ball."
 
ON THE FANS CELEBRATING WITH THE GAFFER AND THE PLAYERS AT FULL-TIME:
 
"I said when I came in here that I felt a connection with the players, myself with the supporters I felt as though I wanted to do that.
 
"I have had that at quite a few of my clubs and I think when our supporters (appreciate it) when they see they have an honest bunch doing what they were doing tonight
 
"It's not always going to be perfect. In fact, invariably it isn't perfect. But one thing they do is try to win.
 
"I have always said to them that trying to win is the really important thing - not winning - trying to win because you can't guarantee winning."

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