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Paul Hurst Pre Swindon Town

5 January 2017

Gaffer looking to get back to winning ways at Swindon

Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst has said Town need to concentrate on playing their own game on Saturday when they travel to Swindon.

 

Town go to The County Ground on the back of three straight defeats in the league, though their opponents are not in good form either and are without a league win in five.

 

Hurst said of his sides next opponents: “It’s difficult to say what kind of team and formation they’ll set out – so we’ll have to concentrate on ourselves and our job.

 

“They have lost some players whose loans have finished and their side seems to have changed quite a bit recently. But they’ve got a couple back in training today, who are big players for them – so they might feature on Saturday.

 

“They can play some very good football so we can’t let them get into a rhythm - despite their league position they will outplay a lot of teams.

 

“We’ll have to appreciate we might not have too much of the ball and just make sure we try and make it difficult for them.”

 

Earlier in the season Town held Swindon to a 1-1 draw at the Greenhous Meadow after Ivan Toney equaliser cut out John Goddard’s opener.

 

Town now sit 23rd in the table, one point from safety, while Swindon sit outside the relegation zone in 19th.

 

“Every game’s important and we can’t keep letting each opportunity pass us by, but at the same time - if it doesn’t go our way it’s not game over.

 

“I’d love us to go there and pick something up from the game – I felt we should have done that in our last two away performances.

 

“We go there and try and do our jobs to the best of our ability, and hopefully nothing externally influences the result.”

 

Hurst revealed that Joe Riley could in line to start on Saturday as he continued his return from injury on Monday with a substitute appearance.

 

Hurst also revealed that Jack Grimmer and Ollie Lancashire will are ruled out of the Swindon tie.

 

Lancashire picked up a hamstring injury during Monday’s loss to Fleetwood, whilst Grimmer injured his ankle before the match.

 

AJ Leitch-Smith and Ryan McGivern are also ruled out as they continue on their respective comeback trails.

 

However, Hurst has bolstered his squad ahead of the Swindon game with the signings of Aristote Nsiala and Alex Rodman and both could feature come Saturday.


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