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Paul Hurst Pre AFC Wimbledon

Gaffer looks ahead to first away game of the season

10 August 2017

Shrewsbury Town Boss Paul Hurst is hopeful that his side can start their away league campaign in a similar fashion to how they started at home.

Town beat Northampton in their season opener, whilst opponents AFC Wimbledon earned a draw at Scunthorpe United.

Paul would like to see his side back-up that opening day performance with another win, but admits that it will be difficult against a decent Wimbledon outfit.

“From what I have witnessed so far, I think they are playing more football”, Paul told the Press.

“It looks like they are getting on the ball a bit more, but they’ve still got that physicality to them and they scored from a set-play the other night. I think with a Wimbledon side, that’s one of the things you’d expect.

“They got a good result at Scunthorpe and from watching the match they deserved the point. The other night they took Brentford to extra time, so they will be in good spirits themselves as well.

“Last season they stayed up pretty comfortably. At one stage they were flirting a bit with the play-offs, so I’m sure they will be looking for another good season.”

Whilst the home form under Paul has been excellent, Town didn’t pick up as many points on the road at the back-end of last season and that is something the Gaffer is looking to put right this time around.

“I think we are like a high percentage of teams where your home form is going to be better than your away form”, said Hurst.

“We want to be in a position where we feel like we can go away at get results. I honestly felt that last season, but our point’s accumulation was better at home.

“We will go positive. We won’t go there thinking let’s get a point and set-up for that. I’ve said before that any point on the road isn’t the worst thing in the world, but I won’t set my team up to go there just for that.

“We will go there and play our own game and hope that that is good enough to take three points.”

Meanwhile, Hurst praised the fans for their support over the first two games and hopes the team can reward them again on Saturday.

“I’m sure they were desperate for the season to start”, said Paul.

“They were rewarded in terms of the late winner and the three points at home. Then there was a little bit of a reward in terms of going to Forest, a ground they won’t have been to and saw us put in a decent performance.

“It’s a long journey, not only for the players, but the fans as well and if we can make people's weekend's that little bit better, then that is what we will aim to do.”

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