Town were 1-0 down in difficult windy conditions against high-flying Stanley at the Wham Stadium, but a double change midway through the second half, introducing Dave Edwards and Dan Udoh and switching from 4-3-3 to 4-2-3-1, saw the visitors take the ascendency and claim a deserved point.
Cotterill came out of hospital and returned home this week and spoke via phone to the players at the hotel before the match, during half-time and at the final whistle. He was in contact with his assistant Wilbraham throughout.
“I’d say he’s got a lot better Wi-Fi connection to start with! So that wasn’t as frustrating for him,” Wilbraham said after Shaun Whalley’s goal earned Town a point.
“He’s in a better place, being at home, he’s probably got a better screen than in the hospital, you know what hospital signal is like.
“I think, from speaking to him this week, he’s in a much happier place at home. But he’s still a long way from jumping about in the technical area.
“We want to make sure his health is right and that he’s on the road to recovery, taking on the doctor’s advice for what time he comes back.”
Wilbraham added: “I spoke to the manager and we decided to go to a 4-2-3-1 which would have narrowed their midfield a little bit to enable Nathanael and Donald to get a bit more space on the flanks.
“And I think it worked. I thought the subs did well when they came on.
“The change of formation worked and got us back into the game and we were looking to drive on and win the game in the end.”