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Paul Hurst Post Walsall

7 October 2017

Gaffer reacts to 1-1 draw with Walsall

Paul Hurst spoke of his frustration at his team's performance despite Town keeping their unbeaten run in tack.

Stefan Payne equalised from the spot, just five minutes after Walsall had opened the scoring through Dan Agyei.

The draw means that Town are now unbeaten in a dozen matches, but Paul felt slightly aggrieved.

“I’m getting greedy, I’m feeling disappointed”, admitted Hurst.

“I don’t think we played as well as we have been doing, but I know that it’s a tough place to come. Their home record is an outstanding one and a lot of good teams have come here and suffered worse results.”

The biggest decision of the game was when Jon Guthrie wasn’t sent off for a deliberate handball which led to Payne’s penalty. Hurst revealed that referee Graham Salisbury didn’t realise who had handled the ball and therefore didn’t send the Walsall man off.

“Between the four of the officials they couldn’t decide who it was and therefore they didn’t send the player off”, said Paul.

“I haven’t seen the incident back myself, but having given the penalty, the reason they didn’t send someone off is because they couldn’t identify the player, which 20 minutes in would have been a massive advantage to have.

“I just find it quite remarkable that they are looking at the incident and they can’t get that right, I think both sets of fans and both managers will share the same view on some of the officiating today.”

Town weren’t at their best in the second half and Hurst praised Craig MacGillivray for his fine late save from Tyler Roberts’ header.

“I thought we started slowly and second-half I was looking for more of a response from the players”, Paul continued.

“We were grateful to a fantastic save from Craig at the end, where it appeared that the script was written with Tyler getting on the end of it.

“I think probably a draw in the end was a fair result. I’m not sure either team really did enough to win it with how the game panned out.”

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