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Paul Hurst Post Bolton Wanderers

26 December 2016

Gaffer's thoughts after the narrow defeat at Bolton

Shrewsbury Town Manager Paul Hurst was disappointed not to get anything out of the game against Bolton after a controversial refereeing decision.
Bolton scored two quick goals in the first half to lead at the break, but Town hit back with 15 minutes to go and were then denied a late penalty when the referee overruled the linesman
Despite the incident Hurst was disappointed with the goals conceded.
“Overall, we haven’t got anything from the game because of our failure to defend set pieces”, Paul told the Press.
“An individual error for one of them and then also a foul on Dom Smith. Second half I think we were the better team, we asked Bolton a lot of questions and I’m not sure how many tougher games they will have, here in particular.
“I’ve tried to talk to the referee now but he’s in the shower. I don’t understand why he’s got an assistant who’s got a perfect view of it, but he goes against him. I’ve seen it on the footage from a distance, but he clearly moves his body in an unnatural position.
“I think when you come to somewhere like this you need a couple of things to happen. One is big decisions to go for you and the other is that would can’t give goals away like the first one.”
On the whole Hurst was pleased with how Town had performed considering the difference in the size of the two clubs.
“On the whole I think we kept the quality players they’ve got really quiet, so I’m kind of frustrated”, said Hurst.
“I feel really sorry for the players, but we know we have to take some of the responsibility for the goal we gave away, at a place where you can’t give a team a helping hand.
“It looked like it just wasn’t going to be. I don’t think you can really come here and do too much more given the gulf in league position and the gulf in budgets.
“I think the fans are extremely pleased to say that we’ve lost a game of football and they are usually a good indication of how a game has gone.”
George Waring came on at half-time for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Paul was pleased with his impact.
“In some ways I felt like maybe you are playing into their hands slightly because it's there big men up against our big men, but I felt like we needed a presence, said Paul.
“Also it might help us defensively because Sylvan felt his hamstring at the start of the first half and he did give them something different to think about. There's just an element of frustration at the minute for obvious reasons.”

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