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Paul Hurst Pre Blackpool

14 December 2017

Gaffer looks ahead to visit of Blackpool on Saturday

Shrewsbury Town Boss Paul Hurst is wary of the threats Blackpool possess as he looks ahead to Saturday’s game against the Seasiders.

Town go into the game searching for their first league win since mid-November, whilst Blackpool currently sit comfortably in mid-table.

This week’s preparations have been hampered by the snow that hit Shropshire last weekend and Hurst is hopeful of getting out on the grass tomorrow after a couple of disrupted days.

“We’ve been over to Telford College today and got on inside the dome on the artificial surface, so that’s served a purpose for today”, Paul said.

“I’m hoping to get on the grass tomorrow, whether that be here (training ground) or at the ground, because I’m a bit concerned about using different surfaces two days running and the way that can make people’s bodies react, so fingers crossed it is better.

“We don’t want to mess the training ground up but at the same time the players’ health and fitness has to come into consideration to be right for what will be a very difficult game against Blackpool.”

Blackpool have enjoyed success this season with an attacking brand of football, which has impressed Paul Hurst.

“They’ve got pace in the team”, Hurst said.

“I think one of the former Shrewsbury players, (Kyle) Vassell, will be missing and I think he will be a big miss for them, but at the same time they’ve still got many other players.

“They play quite expansive, they are very comfortable on the ball and with people like (Jay) Spearing and Jimmy Ryan in there you know that they are players that like to get on the football.

“I think they’ve done extremely well and I’ve been impressed with the team when I’ve watched them. I like them as a team and I see some similarities between us and them, so I’m expecting a really tough game.”

This will be Town’s first home game in the league since November and Hurst has urged fans to brave the weather and get behind the boys.

“It’s difficult with the weather but we want as many fans down as possible to cheer the team on”, Paul said.

“We know there’s a big game coming up in the New Year, but I’m certainly asking the players to focus on the here and now and I would ask, if possible, that fans do that and give the support in our home games prior to that FA Cup game.”

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