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Paul Hurst Post Coventry City

29 August 2017

Gaffer looks back on the Checkatrade Trophy game with Coventry City

Boss Paul Hurst is adamant his side got the result they deserved despite making it hard for themselves.

Town dominated the first half taking a 2-0 lead into the break. Two early second half goals from Coventry ensured a challenging end of the game for Town before a late Joe Riley free kick sealed the win.

Town Manager Paul Hurst spoke to the press after the game admitting he was annoyed with the second half.

“I’m a bit annoyed and disappointed with our performance second half.

“First half I didn’t think was fantastic but at times when we played properly we looked head and shoulders above really, it looked comfortable at half time.

“The game itself was about attitude, playing a team from the league below and for me it’s a big question of attitude.

“I thought we were pretty good in the first half in terms of that (attitude).

“Overall I felt we looked comfortable but in the second half we didn’t start great and credit to Coventry on one hand but at the same time we’ve got to be better than that.

“In the end we got probably what we felt we deserved, in the first half at least, with a fantastic strike from Joe Riley which was very pleasing.”

On Joe Riley’s return

“He’s still a bit away I think from starting properly but you know, great technique and worthy of any game.

“Whether there’s fans in it or not, it’s a great stadium and you want to be the best you can be every minute of every game.

On Stefan Payne’s goal scoring form.

“He’s got to be pleased its good for him, I thinks it’s important he got the minutes in tonight, at times I think he showed his intent with his strong running.

“I just want him to carry on now as much as possible and I still think there’s more to come from Stef."

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