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Paul Hurst Post Northampton Town

Gaffer looks back on the opening game of the season

5 August 2017

Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst praised his side’s never-say-die attitude as Town left it late to beat Northampton.

Town were the better side throughout, but they had to wait until the 92nd minute before Lenell John-Lewis came up with the winner.

Hurst admitted he was delighted to get off to a winning start.

“It’s obviously a dream ending for ourselves”, admitted Paul.

“Before the game I was very relaxed and then going in the dressing room at quarter to 3 it felt like this was it.”

“I thought we started very well, so I was quite relaxed and then you just wonder if you are going to get your reward.”

“The second half was a bit scrappier, which I think suited Northampton more than ourselves, but overall I think we were worthy of the win, albeit that we had to wait until the end.”

John-Lewis came on as a 79th minute substitute and Paul was pleased with his impact from the bench.

“We put him on to run around, hold the ball up and be a presence and he did that”, said Hurst.

“He’s one of those that gets so frustrated in training and he seems to have a lot of shots and they just seem to hit the post or whistle past the post, but when it matters most he’s produced and I’m delighted for him.

“I’m delighted for all the players because they’ve worked extremely hard. It’s not all about today and I’m not going to get carried away, but it’s great to have those three points on the board and it justifies the work that they’ve put in.”

Hurst is now hopeful that today’s performance is a sign of things to come from his side.

“I hope I can give the fans a team that is honest and hardworking”, Paul said.

“Before the game we talked about effort and that is an absolute minimum, but we can play and if it had been just a long ball game then we would have come our second best.

“We have to get the ball down and try and pass it, which I thought we did well at times and all I can promise is that we will have a team that give everything and keep going until the final whistle, and today is a great example of that.”

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