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Paul Hurst Pre MK Dons

7 December 2017

Gaffer looks ahead to the trip to Stadium MK

Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst is looking forward to being back in league action when Town take on MK Dons on Saturday.

Town have been involved in two cup competitions, winning in both, since Town’s last league game against Bradford City in November.

On that day, Town went down to a second straight loss in the league and Paul is hoping to put that right this weekend.

“We’ve taken care of two competitions so we remain in them going into the New Year, which is what I wanted, but now it’s back to the most important part of the season realistically”, said Hurst.

“The cups are great if you can have a run and get a decent draw, like we have, but the league’s the most important and the way that the players have started the season off and the position we find ourselves in, we want to try and stay there.

“Results of late in the league have not been as good as we have become accustomed too but we are still in a lofty position realistically. I want to get a performance, for one, and then hopefully you get a result.”

MK Dons have surprisingly struggled for consistency this season and are currently 16th in League One, Hurst acknowledged that he’s surprised by their struggles.  

“I’m very surprised”, admitted Paul.

“Having watched them they seem to have spells in games where maybe they just switch off, but they also have some spells when they could have put games to bed and maybe they haven’t done that.

“They should have been out of sight at Doncaster for instance. Southend played well there but again they had their moments where they got on top of the game at one spell, so it will be a tough game.

“For us, when they are having their good spells we’ve got to stay strong, stay organised and ultimately stay in the game and then hopefully we can cause them some problems over the ninety minutes.”

Town lost 2-1 when they travelled to MK Dons last season and Paul is looking for more this time around.

“It’s a nice stadium”, Hurst continued.

“It’s not somewhere you go and think you really need to get into the players to motivate them because the surroundings aren’t great.

“Last time we went there we didn’t perform for large parts. It’s different sets of players but we are certainly hoping for an improved performance from that day.”

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