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PAUL ON SALOP TEST

8 October 2021

"I'm sure they're quite happy with some of the performances but, probably like ourselves, would’ve liked more points"

Paul Cook says that the side who capitalise on the 'big moments' in tomorrow's clash will likely come out on top at Portman Road.

Town host Shrewsbury in a 3pm kick-off, looking to build on a midweek Papa John's Trophy victory at Gillingham.

Town's boss drew comparisons between the two club's fortunes thus far in the 2021/22 season ahead of Saturday afternoon's fixture.

Paul told iFollow Ipswich: "I can only speak from my perspective but I’m sure Steve [Cotterill, Shrewsbury manager] is quite happy with some of the performances but, probably like ourselves, would’ve liked more points.

"Steve’s assembled a squad now that he’d probably say have been unlucky in some of the games. They’ve had big moments go against them in games.

"Those moments will present themselves to both teams tomorrow, and the team that takes those moments will probably win the game."

When Town last came up against Saturday's opponents, Salop manager Steve Cotterill was in the stands rather than the dugout. 

Steve was admitted to intensive care after contracting Covid-19 at the beginning of the year, eventually spending 69 days of an 80-day period in bed. 

Paul is looking forward to seeing his counterpart back where he belongs, on the touchline, tomorrow afternoon.

"Steve’s a really good football guy," Paul added.

"He’s had success. He knows the game inside out and he knows how to set his teams up. He’s got a clear identity on how he likes them to play.

"Covid did knock him sideways. It had a big effect on him so it’s great to see that he’s come through it now.

"I’m looking forward to seeing him tomorrow and having a beer after the game."

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