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Paul Hurst Post Scunthorpe United

11 February 2017

Gaffer reflects on the win over Scunthorpe

Shrewsbury Town Manager Paul Hurst was delighted for his players after they beat second placed Scunthorpe United 1-0.

Freddie Ladapo’s 69th minute goal was enough to see of Scunthorpe who were unbeaten at home in 26 attempts.

Paul spoke to the Press after the game and was pleased with Town’s determined performance.

“I'm feeling very pleased”, said Paul.

“Very pleased for the players, I thought they put in a real determined performance.

“Perhaps my only criticism at half time was that I wanted a bit more belief that we could go and get the victory and I think second half they did that.

“We had some really good moments, good spells. Freddie's got another goal after some great work from Tyler and then defensively I thought we were excellent.

“We limited them to very little, a lot of good blocks, good shape to us, good work rate. Jayson's had to make one outstanding save, but other than that he hasn't had too much to do.

“To do that against a team that is lying second and are a very good team is credit to the players.”

Town’s victory was the first time that Scunthorpe had been beaten at home since December 2015 and Paul was delighted to keep Town’s own unbeaten run going.

“You look at the squad that they have got and you know that they are going to be right up there, but I still felt going into the game that we could cause them problems”, Hurst said.

“We know what problems they can cause teams and I thought we negated that well. I didn’t come here fearful and I tried to stress that to the players, we are not just here to fulfil the fixture, we are here to get the result.

“I knew they had a good home record, but more important was just coming here and putting on a good performance, seeing if we could keep our good run going and we’ve done that by getting another three points, which is crucial in what we are trying to achieve.”

Paul was quick to look ahead to Tuesday night’s game with Peterborough United and announced that Abu Ogogo might miss the game after playing with injury for over half the match against Scunthorpe.

“It’s a good run that we are on, but we can’t enjoy this one too much because we’ve got a big game on Tuesday”, Paul said. 

“I think we might have picked up a few injuries as well, so the team might look a bit different on Tuesday, but I’ve said before that it’s a squad game and maybe it’s a chance for one or two lads to stake a claim.

“Abs got the injury early in the first half, got through to half-time, but I think Skitty is certainly concerned. The initial thought is that he will be missing on Tuesday night.

“He will always give 100% whether he is on one leg, half a leg, whatever. I think sometimes it almost spurs him on more. That fight is what you want and I think the team showed a lot of fight today to stop Scunthorpe really getting in a flow and playing their game.”

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