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Post Derby | Steve Cotterill

4 March 2023

Interviews

Post Derby | Steve Cotterill

4 March 2023

Steve Cotterill spoke to the media after watching his Shrewsbury side secure an excellent come-back point at Derby.

A sensational strike from Haydon Roberts and a David McGoldrick goal saw the Rams take a 2-0 lead at half-time.

But Steve switched from a back three to a back four at the break and also opted to introduce Carl Winchester and Rekeil Pyke. And those changes helped inspire an outstanding second-half performance.

Boyhood Derby County fan Tom Bayliss pulled one goal back with an excellent free-kick. Luke Leahy then got us back on terms with an ice-cool penalty.

And from that point on we had chances to win it - with goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith making an excellent save to deny Christian Saydee.

Speaking post-match, Steve discussed the game. And he also gave a brief update on Killian Phillips - who was forced to come off following a nasty clash of heads.

ON THE GAME: 

"Comeback - that's the verdict. We didn't play anywhere near in the first half like we know we can.

"I think we came here and gave them too much respect which is easy to do, I understand it - the size of the club, the support, the players they have.

"But for me we wasted the first 45 minutes of the game.

"At half-time we had a little bit of a reshuffle, a little bit of a talking to.

"I thought in the second half we were excellent! Not only coming back to 2-2 but I think we could've won the game in the second half. 

"I suppose at 2-0 you would take 2-2, but I thought we were that dominant in the second half.

"When you've got 10 minutes of added-on time, the crowd lift all of a sudden.

"We've worked extremely hard to get back into the game. The quality of the substitutes that they can bring on, I was a little bit worried that the ball would drop to one of them in those 10 minutes of added-on time.

"That would've been a travesty today because considering how we'd played in the second half, if we'd have gone on and lost that game. 

"It was good character from the boys."

ON DERBY'S OPENING GOAL:

"Their first goal was unbelievable really - it was an incredible strike so congratulations to him.

"That would've been a goal worthy of any football match around the world. It was an incredible strike.

"We're disappointed we didn't get there and close it down quick enough, fast enough. But take nothing away from the lad, it was a brilliant, brilliant, finish.

"Their second goal was a little bit of a hammer blow. There was nothing going on really. 

"But you don't want to give Didzy (David McGoldrick) too many chances. I had him at Forest. He is a great lad and a good finisher.

"He was the one we didn't want to give a look at our goal today so when that one went in it was a little bit of a hammer blow just before half-time.

"But it probably helped stir on half-time."

ON LUKE'S PENALTY:

"He practises all the time.

"If you think back a few years ago to rugby and when Jonny Wilkinson used to play for England, you'd say how is he so accurate with some of the kicks he used to make years and years ago. It was practise.

"That's what Luke Leahy does. Any player who wants to get better at any god-given part of their game, the best thing to do is to practice. He does that.

"You're not always 100% confident it's going to go in, especially when you've got their big end and everybody waving at him, you just hope he's nice and calm.

"But that practice allows him to be calm. I'm delighted for him - I thought he was our outstanding player today for 90 minutes.

"We didn't have everyone all-in for 90 minutes so we'll be looking for that on Tuesday."

ON THE CHANCES WE HAD TO WIN IT:

"I thought their keeper made a couple of great saves. We could have easily have gone on and won that game 3-2. Easily. But we didn't."

ON PLAYING IN FRONT OF 27,000 FANS:

"It's great that we had 2,500 with us, especially on a day like today. If you think they have got 25,000 Derby fans in here, they can rock the place.

"I came in mid-week and it was a little bit quieter than it was today. I actually thought they were noisier in the second half when we were on top of the game.

"And that is a credit to the supporters of Derby County trying to rally behind their team."

ON KILLIAN PHILLIPS:

"He's not in a good way. He's not in a good way at this moment in time. He is a brave boy as well. We will have to see what we do with him."

ON HAVING THE CONFIDENCE TO TURN THE GAME AROUND:

"We didn't have that confidence in the first half. We showed it in the second half when we got a little more angry."

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