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Pre Burton | Steve Cotterill

12 January 2023

Shrewsbury Town boss Steve Cotterill spoke to the press ahead of Town's trip to Burton Albion this weekend.

Following an impressive performance against Championship side Sunderland last weekend, the gaffer was in high spirits during his pre-match press conference.

It is likely that centre-back Matthew Pennington will make his 100th appearance for Shrewsbury Town on Saturday when we line up to face the Brewers.

Steve Cotterill was full of praise for Penno and new signing Killian Phillips. He also provided an update on Tom Flanagan who missed last weekend's game through injury.

ON BURTON ALBION:

"I hope we win the game because otherwise I've got to come back and look at you (BBC Radio Shropshire reporter Mary-Kate Wheeldon), you Burton Albion fan!

"We always get a good following when we go to Burton and we've had good results so hopefully we can do that again at the weekend. As I've said before I think they're a good team and their league position belies where they should be. There are a couple of sides down there who are playing very very well - Morecambe are one and Burton Albion are another so yeah, I think it'll be a tough game but one we're looking forward to."

ON THE WEEK SO FAR:

"It's been good. We're all looking forward to the game and we've been preparing for a few days now. We've got to finish that preparation tomorrow but we've done the bulk of the work now so we're just hoping we can take that into the game and get teh result I think we deserve."

ON KILLIAN PHILLIPS:

"He's a great lad. As I've said before he's an Irish boy with a really strong Irish accent and he's fitted in great with the lads. To be fair he fit in with the lads even before he took to the pitch, and now he's taken to the pitch he actually gets more respect for how he is and how he's trained. He's been fantastic ever since he came through the door.

"So has Rob Street so that's a credit to Crystal Palace to be fair. Paddy McCarthy does a really good job with their under-23s and he's sent two really good boys up to us this season.

"It'd be great if people thought that (Crystal Palace think highly of Shrewsbury Town because they keep sending loanees), but self-praise is no praise so that's for other people.

"We were interested last summer but we couldn't get him out because he was in and around the first team and playing in pre-season so we couldn't get Killian out then. It was a little bit like Tyrese Fornah last year but we wanted him at the beginning of the season but it's better late than never. 

"I think it (having Rob Street here has helped him settle in) did, but I also think it helped with getting him here because his first phone call was to Streety and Rob has enjoyed himself here so it helps and I think it helps Crystal Palace when deciding to send him here. It's a very good dressing room to come in to."

ON TOM FLANAGAN:

"He's a lot better. He had it rough, Tom, he had a really bad hematoma just above his hip and he's still got a bit of fluid there now but I would imagine he'll be okay. He trained tentatively at the beginning of the week and has got better as the week's gone on."

ON MATT PENNINGTON'S UPCOMING 100TH APPEARANCE:

"He'll be a sub! One hundred games is it? He's been great for us. He's a great lad and he's been here since the early days. He's seen the dressing room evolve and the club evolve and he's just a great boy. The biggest compliment you could pay Matthew Pennington is if he walked through the door with one of your daughters, you'd be delighted. He's a really great kid.

"He's loved in the dressing room and it's great because he's got a good bit of dry banter and he's a very clever boy is Matt Pennington so he's very popular in the dressing room."

"He's already put an impact on the club. He was a bit here there and everywhere before with his loans and going back but I think before he came here he spoke to Luke Ayling about what it was going to be like working with me and what we would do for him. I think Matthew Pennington has improved massively since he's been here but I think that goes for all of them with lots of things we work on in training. Chey Dunkley is a better player now than he was when he came to us, but as I always say you can never make anybody better without their consent. They give their consent to be constructively criticised but then go out on the training pitch and work at it."

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