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Paul Hurst Pre Bradford City

12 January 2017

Gaffer looks forward to the visit of The Bantams

Shrewsbury Town welcome promotion chasing Bradford City to the Greenhous Meadow this Saturday.

Last time out, Paul Hurst’s men won a hard fought point on the road at Swindon, off the back of three straight defeats in the league.
The Bradford game is the first of two back-to-back home games for Town which also sees Oldham come to the Meadow.

“A lot of people will say the Oldham game is the big one, but I’ve said many times already – every game’s important because it’s a chance to pick up points,” Hurst told ShrewsWeb.

“We’ve got to do everything we can against a Bradford side that are doing well, and have some very good players. So it will be a tough ask, but the big thing for me is that we put in a performance better than the last time we were at home.

“We have to concentrate on putting out what we think is the best team for the weekend and try to cause Bradford some problems.”

Town have enjoyed a good home record under Hurst so far, having conceded just one goal in six games.

Hurst said: “We’re fully aware we’ve got to give the fans something to shout about, and that can be as basic as someone winning a 50/50 challenge, someone having a positive run with the ball, or winning a really good header.

“Early in the game those things can give the crowd a lift – and hopefully then the crowd response can lift the players and help them improve their performances.”

Hurst revealed Jack Grimmer, Olly Lancashire and Ajay Leitch-Smith are all ruled out of the Bradford game with injuries.

Hurst also admitted he did not think there would be any new arrivals at the Greenhous Meadow before Saturday’s match.

He said: “On that side – it’s been a frustrating few days because we thought one or two signings might be in for the weekend. But one’s ended up going elsewhere, and the other is still a possibility but he won’t be in for the weekend.”

Though Town will be buoyed by the fact Aristote Nsiala will be available for selection having had his red card rescinded by the FA.

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