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Post Peterborough | Steve Cotterill

7 March 2023


Post Peterborough | Steve Cotterill

7 March 2023

Steve Cotterill met with the press after tonight's narrow defeat at Peterborough.

In what was an even first-half at the Weston Homes Stadium, Jonson Clarke-Harris put the hosts ahead but Town levelled just a few minutes later thanks to an excellent finish from Tom Flanagan.

After the interval we had a number of chances to get our noses in front with Matthew Pennington and Tom Bayliss going close before Chey Dunkley saw a shout for a penalty waved away by the referee.

And we then went on to suffer late heartbreak when Frankie Kent nodded in a free-kick with just minutes remaining.

Speaking to the press, Steve discussed the result and his team's performance.

And the gaffer also gave an update on Killian Phillips who missed out after being involved in a nasty clash of heads in the game against Derby.


"Yes - especially in the second half. I felt in the second half we created enough chances. I thought they were the better team in the first half and we were the better team in the second. 

"When it got back to 1-1, Tom Bayliss had a good chance, Matthew Pennington had a good chance. The boys seem to think there was a penalty on Chey Dunkley at the end. 

"I think if we get that second goal then we go on and win the game. 

"We spoke about their delivery into the box on set-plays. We are disappointed that they have scored two goals against us from set-plays. That doesn’t normally happen. We are disappointed with that.

"Other than that, I thought the performance – for an away performance – was decent against a team that we are going up against.

"But we will see them again in a month's time."


"It was a great finish from Tom – I’m really pleased for him, I thought he was excellent tonight considering he wasn’t called up to the Northern Ireland squad. 

"That would have been a disappointment for him. 

"I think that came as a surprise to him because he didn’t get a phone call before the squad was announced. 

"I think he would have a right to be slightly disappointed about that considering when they played their last game he was one of their best defenders. But I don’t pick that squad.

"In defence of Tom, he didn’t know until it was announced so I think he was a bit disappointed in that. 

"But I thought he was excellent tonight, Tom Flanagan."


"I thought it went well. When you think about the performance in the first half, it wasn’t as good as the performance in the second half. But we didn’t change shape.  

"It was nothing to do with that. We worked on it. We know what to do when we are in that shape anyway. 

"Earlier in the season, we started games and we were really, really, good at the start. And, all of a sudden, it seems to have flipped the other way a little bit. 

"We are disappointed with our start in the game but all-in-all we haven’t deserved to be beaten in that game, that’s for sure. 

"We’ll look forward to the return game in a month’s time."


"We are always up against that – but we don’t whinge and we don’t whine about it, we just get on with it. 

"We have made a real good fist at getting on with it this season. 

"What we have got to do now is get on the bus all the way back home, we’ve been all the way down here today, all the way back home tonight – we've got to lick our wounds a little bit and we’ve got to bounce back on Saturday."


"He is better now. He had a night in Derby hospital after the game and we collected him on Sunday. He's back home in Shrewsbury at this moment in time, so he has not been at his best, but he had a better day today. 

"He has seen a specialist in Birmingham and that was more positive news on the back of him staying in Derby on Saturday night and having a scan. 
"We just need to wait and see as the week goes on where he is. He is better than he was on Saturday after the game, thankfully. 
"We kept in touch with Crystal Palace and we kept in contact with his mum as of course, his mum was worried back at home so I think they very much appreciate all of that.
"It was accidental with the boy (Eiran) Cashin, he is a tough cookie. Two tough lads going up and challenging for a ball there, and there was nothing but pure honesty in it no one is to blame."


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