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Nat, "We're all very disappointed with the result"

7 September 2014

Knight-Percival and team mates disappointed with Hartlepool showing

Nathaniel Knight-Percival says Shrewsbury Town will be looking to put right Saturday's defeat at Hartlepool, their first of the League Two season.

A goal in each half helped the hosts to their first win of the new campaign and the Shrewsbury defender admitted afterwards Town had been out of sorts.

"We're all very disappointed with the result," said Knight Percival. "We didn't play to the standards we know we can. Half time probably came at the wrong time for us, we were starting to improve and find our feet but it's no excuse for the way played.

"Both goals were poor. By the time the second went in we were chasing the game. We'll look back at it and try to find ways of it making sure it doesn't happen again."

Town did improve in the second half, seeing more of the ball and put more pressure on the Hartlepool defence. But for the first time this season in the league, Shrewsbury failed to find the net.

"I think we felt an equaliser was on the cards," he said. "We started the second half fairly well with lots of possession and got the ball into good areas but maybe didn't get the rub of the green. We didn't get that lucky bounce or lucky deflection which we needed and at times we've had this season. It's just a case of focusing for the full match and trying to play better next time."

Shrewsbury now have a full week to prepare for the trip to Stevenage next Saturday - it will be the first time this season that Town haven't had a midweek match.

"We've had a busy run of games but I wouldn't say that's played a part," admitted Knight-Percival. "We can't blame our performance on that because it's been the same for most other teams at this level too. It's not really an excuse for us. 

"The week off has maybe come at a bad time because sometimes when you lose a game you want to go again quickly to turn your wrongs into rights. It'll be a welcome rest though and we'll prepare properly for the Stevenage game next week."

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