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Paul Hurst Post Bury

21 November 2017

Gaffer reflects on the Bury defeat

Shrewsbury Town Boss Paul Hurst was disappointed with his side’s performance as they were beaten 1-0 by Bury.

Town weren’t really at the races for the first 60 minutes of the game, although Shaun Whalley did miss a penalty towards the end of the first-half.

Bury took the lead early in the second period through Greg Leigh and although Town had a couple of chances in second-half, the league’s bottom side held on for all three points.

Hurst had warned before the game about the potential banana skin Bury provided and he was unhappy with how his team had performed.

“It wasn’t good enough”, said Paul.

“I think for all the praise we got on Saturday that fell short of what we wanted. In fairness, first-half there wasn’t much in it, we obviously had the penalty miss, which was the clearest shout.

“Then second half we didn’t really get started and credit to them I think it’s an excellent goal that has won the game, a really free flowing move that we’d highlighted as their strength.

“We kind of huffed and puffed, had one decent effort saved and then the follow-up was offside, but we flattered to deceive really.

“For all of that, there wasn’t loads in the game, but I said at half-time that I wanted to win the game and if not then I wanted to take something, and that obviously hasn’t happened.”

It was a disappointing night for the Town, but Paul isn’t going to start panicking now.
“We’re not going to all of a sudden panic and think that that’s the end of the season”, Hurst said.  

“We’ve been full of praise, full of surprising people and we will try and do that again on Saturday at home, but what I do question overall is have we got that mentality that is needed because, take nothing away from Bury tonight, but they clearly haven’t been in the best form.

“We just looked as though maybe Saturday had taken more out of us, but I don’t want to use that as an excuse. Had we scored the penalty then maybe we go on and win the game, but Rotherham paid the price for missing there’s on Saturday and who knows how that game might have panned out.

“We spoke about not giving Bury anything to lift them and I just felt at half-time they went in with the crowd behind them. Then second-half we spoke about starting brightly and it was the opposite, and then once you get that goal behind they’ve got something to cling onto and your task becomes more difficult.”

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