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Paul Hurst Pre Chesterfield

9 March 2017

Gaffer looks ahead to the trip to Chesterfield

Shrewsbury Town Manager Paul Hurst has urged his players to move on from Saturday’s poor performance against Coventry.

Town drew 0-0 last time out, whilst Chesterfield lost to Walsall in midweek.

Town take on struggling Chesterfield on Saturday and Paul is hoping that his side can put in a better performance on their travels.

“I’ve forgotten the 4-3, that has been and gone”, Hurst told the press.

“The last game we had was the 0-0. At the time I said it was a good result, but performance wise we want better and we have to be better if we are going to get a result at Chesterfield, no matter where they are in the league.”

“I’m hoping that it’s a performance where we can just say it was one of those days - a bad day at the office. But, I will probably only find that out over the next few games, starting with Chesterfield.”

Paul watched Chesterfield on Tuesday night and is well aware of their threats.

“They’ve had a new manager go in in Gary Caldwell who knows the league”, said Paul.

“He got promoted with Wigan and is probably looking to play a similar style of football. He obviously had an excellent team at Wigan and now he’s inherited a team that are at the other end of the table. But, they had a good win at Swindon, which I know he was happy with.

“They like to pass the ball when they can. I think he was disappointed in the first half against Walsall, but the longer it went on they tried to pass and they’ve got threats from set plays.”

One man that Town will come up against is Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Paul expects that the former Town loanee will be keen to make an impression.

“They’ve obviously got Sylvan in their line-up who we know well”, said Hurst.

“Under myself he didn’t get the game time, but when he did get in he then felt his hamstring, so didn’t play to much football. But, I liked Sylvan as a person while he was here and he’s gone there and he’s playing games now.

“You can see he looks a little bit fitter and I’m sure he’ll be looking to get on the scoresheet, so we will have to guard against him.”

Finally, the Town boss was pleased to announce that only Abu Ogogo missed training on Thursday meaning that he will have a few headaches on Saturday.

“Everyone’s been out on the training ground today, with the exception of Abs, so fingers crossed no one has a bad reaction to the work they’ve done”, Paul said.

“There are one or two little question marks, but I’m hoping that tomorrow they can show that they are ready and will have an almost fully fit squad to pick from and some selection dilemmas.”

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