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Paul Hurst Post MK Dons

9 December 2017

Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst praised his sides’ spirit as they scored late yet again to gain a draw at MK Dons.

The home side scored 10 minutes after the break and that goal looked like it would be the winner until Shaun Whalley scored a superb strike five minutes from time.

And Hurst started by praising the winger’s seventh goal of the season.

“It was a great cross wasn’t it”, joked Paul.

“No, it was a fantastic strike. I think as soon as it left his foot it just felt like it was on its way towards goal and I said to their ‘keeper ‘could you not have saved that?’ and his answer was ‘no’.

“I think it was no more than we deserved in truth, but when you are behind and of late when we’ve been 1-0 down we’ve found it difficult to get back in the game and take something from it, so I’m relatively pleased.

“I think going away from home, and because we’ve lost a couple of late, it’s important to pick up a point and it edges us towards that first target again, but at the same time I do feel like there was an opportunity to take all three points today.”

Paul wasn’t particularly happy with his sides defending for the Dons goal, but he felt that Town had done enough to equalise and perhaps could have won it late on.

“Stef’s had a great chance off the ‘keeper and he hasn’t quite connected with it properly”, Hurst said.

“I just thought we had a lot of the game full-stop. I think they had one break where for some reason we stopped running and Deano made a great save, but after that I felt like we were the team that was most in control of the game.

“It’s a poor goal that we’ve conceded. We lose the first header, then we get two people going for one ball and then the next person isn’t across far enough and you just start to wonder what sort of days it’s going to be like, but I have to give the boys credit because suddenly we upped our tempo.

“We made some changes to try and get into the game and although it maybe wasn’t a direct consequence of that, we certainly had enough attacking players on the pitch to get an equaliser and if anyone was going to get a winner it was probably us.”

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