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It was Burnley who went through in the League Cup tie at Shrewsbury last night but the two managers, both of whom made changes, were pleased with their teams over the ninety minutes.

Salop boss Steve Cotterill, coming up against Burnley for the first time in a cup tie since our FA Cup meeting with Cheltenham over ten years ago, said: “I’m really proud of the players. I thought they were fantastic tonight, absolutely fantastic. I couldn’t have asked any more of them and I don’t think they deserved to lose the game, in my opinion.

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“We had more shots on target and more efforts. Obviously, we didn’t get the possession but we knew that was going to happen anyway. We made one mistake tonight when they got an overload for the goal, three against two, and we didn’t stop the cross. Even Marko (Marosi) nearly saved it so we are disappointed.

“You can’t push against them all game. If you do they play around you and you get beaten 3-0, so tactically the game has to be different for us than it can be for them.

“Good luck to Burnley. Great people, great club, but all in all we’re disappointed with the result.”

There were no regrets for Vincent Kompany who made eight changes from the team that kicked off against Blackpool and he said: “I thought in the beginning they were pressing a bit more, and then we forced them back. It was just about us staying calm and patient from there, working our way through the lines. It took us a while to get to grips with it but then, when we did, we got the goal. That’s something we’ve got to get used to and got to get good at.

“When you make so many changes, I’m left wondering the same as everybody else, what it’s going to give us and how we can try and find some balance. I was at least happy that we had no injuries and the running levels were good again from the guys.

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“The energy levels were good throughout, and I thought the clean sheet was a real testimony of how a few young guys in there held their own, which is important. You’re going to see more of that, so it was good to see how they dealt with the long balls and the second balls. There was good signs.”

He gave most recent signing Darko Churlinov his first start while playing Vitinho at left-back with Ian Maatsen beginning a suspension. He said of Churlinov: “Number one, we try and look for players with intensity because without that you get exposed. Number two, you want to get players who are going to feel comfortable in these situations. We saw a couple of moments where he was running between the lines and driving at them. Soon, the other lads in the team will understand his game and he’ll understand theirs. I’m massive on the rate of improvement, and in our team that’s a positive sign.”

He said that Vitinho has played in the left-back position on many occasions. He explained: “You can either go gung-ho and get competition in for each position, continually spending, or you get a few players who can move about. Vitinho is one of them, Churlinov is one of them, and we still have quality. Vitinho has shown that on the right win, at right-back and at left-back. For us that makes a difference. It’s better for us to use our resources.”

Delighted with the win, he added: “It just allows us to look forward to another round. God knows who we’ll face, but I’m sure that the players and fans will be looking forward to it. These cup games allow us to see the full extent of the squad, and the more we have the better.”

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