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REACTION: Preston North End 1 Blues 1

I just feel that’s coming, we’ve been playing well. That isn’t a coincidence today.

Steve Cotterill

Steve Cotterill's thoughts following his side's draw at Deepdale.

Steve Cotterill on Blues' performance...

"I thought we were excellent today. We’ve been good for a little while now and that’s why the results are turning. You come to a place like Preston it’s always difficult, especially today, because if they get a win they’re in the top six. I felt we bossed the game for long periods and didn’t quite get our rewards, but it’s onto the next game now. I’m delighted with the boys today, their effort, tactical application and all the things we’ve been working on the training ground have come to fruition. I’m really pleased for them with that, because there’s lots of times we’ve done work and it hasn’t come to fruition."

Steve Cotterill on Blues' goal that came from a press...

"We’ve done a lot of work on the training ground so that wasn’t a coincidence. It’s not just about pressing the ball, it’s on turnover, which I felt was a problem here for a little while if I’m honest. Our football was excellent, good movement and I’m really proud of the team with the way they’re playing at this moment in time. You saw the supporters at the end there, I’d imagine they’re disappointed with not having three points, because we were worthy of them. I’m looking forward to the time when we’re not worthy of three points, but we get them. As long as we keep playing like that we’ll get them." 

Steve Cotterill on continuity...

"I think the players have been absolutely first class in training of late. What has helped is that the team is a little bit settled and it’s difficult to make a change at the moment from the bench. The lads are playing well, they know the system, they know the movements and they’ve been great in it. They really have. I’m really pleased for them and it’s just a pity, we had over 2,000 people today, that we couldn’t send them on the way home with three points in the bag. We certainly tried our socks off to get them."

Steve Cotterill on whether there's enough to keep improving..

Yes. We’ve had, like I’ve said before in many interviews, the ‘keeper out for nine weeks, one of the best right-backs out for seven weeks, we’ve had a central defender out for five weeks, Che Adams out for eight weeks in different periods, we’ve had Craig Gardner out for five weeks as well as today’s game, so it’s been really hard to get a settled eleven. That has been unbelievably difficult and taken up a good two months of my reign trying to get that sorted and up to speed with what I want. I just feel that’s coming, we’ve been playing well. That isn’t a coincidence today."

Steve Cotterill on Craig Gardner's injury...

"We don’t know the answer to that at the moment as he’s nicked his other calf. That was a little bit disappointing that we lost him. Having said that I thought Cheick Ndoye in there was tremendous. We didn’t actually miss Craig today, but it’ll be good to have him back."

Steve Cotterill on improving...

"We know where we are, we’re just getting our head down. Myself, my staff, we’re working extremely hard to turn this round and if you look we’ve got the same set of players playing that way, which for me they’re lightyears ahead of the back end of last season and the beginning of this year. The only thing we need to get over to our supporters is that we use the ‘keeper who can play as an outfielder. So when it goes back to him, back the other way, then back to him, what we’re trying to do there is tire their centre forward out. By doing that what happens is you have Jordan Hugill gets taken off on 60/70 minutes, because we wanted to keep him running and switch him off. So the pass back to the ‘keeper is even more prevalent now David Stockdale is in goal, and when they go and jump us and want to press us, he’s got a fantastic passing range to get the ball out."

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