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Paul Hurst Pre Walsall

6 November 2017


Paul Hurst Pre Walsall

6 November 2017

Gaffer looks ahead to final Checkatrade Trophy group match

Shrewsbury Town Boss Paul Hurst is determined for his side to top their Checkatrade Trophy group and get a home game in the next round of the competition.

In order to do that, Town need to pick up a positive result against local rivals Walsall tomorrow night and Paul told the Press that he will be going with a strong team in order to try and win the game.

“I think from a travelling point of view it would be better if we could have a home game (in the next round)”, said Hurst.  

“Our home form has been very good and ultimately it’s another game that I don’t want to lose. We want to try and win another game and it just happens to be against Walsall in a competition that we have qualified from already.

“I’m never going to just send a team out thinking that I’m happy that we are going to lose, so we will be looking to win as always.”

Walsall will also be looking for a result as they need to win in order to stay in the competition, so Hurst expects them to be right up for the game.

“I’m sure that they will be up for it”, Paul said.

“I think that they need a result in order to progress as well and I don’t see them making too many changes, so I think it will be a strong side that we face and I think it will be a tougher game than the last one we faced in the competition.

“I think there is some discontent unfortunately for Jon (Whitney), but I’m not entirely sure what people expect from Walsall. They will be disappointed that they went out of the FA Cup, but for me it’s pretty obvious that it’s a tough job and when you look at where they are in the league and where they finished last season, it’s extremely harsh.”

In the last game in this competition Town made 10 changes, but Paul has no plans to do the same this time around.

“There certainly won’t be 10 changes”, admitted Hurst.

“The fact that we don’t have a league game this weekend means we will have to wait until 18th against Rotherham, so I will be playing a strong team and I wants a strong performance from the players.

“There will be an opportunity then to have a small break before a good weeks training ahead of that Rotherham game.”

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