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Paul Hurst Post AFC Wimbledon

Gaffer looks back on the game against AFC Wimbledon

12 August 2017

Shrewsbury Town Manager was pleased as they produced a good first-half performance to beat AFC Wimbledon 1-0.

Town took the lead early through Alex Rodman and could have gone into the break 3-0 up if it wasn’t for the Dons ‘keeper.

Wimbledon looked more of a threat in the second half, but Hurst with the victory.

“Some of it I thought was excellent”, Hurst told the Press.  

“Second-half I was a little bit disappointed, but at the same time you have to give Wimbledon credit for making it a little bit more difficult.

“I think first-half there was a frustration from the home fans who felt it was too easy for us to play. Second-half they went a bit more direct and the game got a bit scrappier again.

“I would have liked us to have had a bit more control, although if Carlton had scored that goal we would have been talking about one of the best team goals you see.

“Overall, I’m delighted with the three points away from home and I think it was well deserved.”

Town’s goal was a wonderfully worked move which saw Rodman pop up at the back post and Hurst was pleased with the chances his side created.

“It was a moment of quality from Shaun with a great cross”, said Paul

“Rodders said he would score more goals and he got a couple in pre-season and one today, which got us off to a good start.

“I thought we started pretty well, although they had a good chance early in the game as well. I thought we played some good football and got men forward.

“The criticism is that we weren’t lethal in front of goal, otherwise we could have come away with a more handsome victory.”

The win made it two from two for Town in League One, but Paul was clear to point out that there is a long way to go.

“44 games to go”, Hurst said.

“There’s a long way to go, it’s a long seaon, but anyone would have loved to have won their first home and away game.

“We’ve got to keep our feet on the ground, but it does make that journey home that little bit better.”

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