Gaffer looks ahead to welcoming Uwe Rosler's side
Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst is ready for another difficult game as Fleetwood Town visit the Montgomery Waters Meadow on Saturday.
Town go into the game on the back of their best win of the season, a 4-0 defeat of Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night.
Paul was delighted with his side’s performance on Tuesday, but isn’t expecting an identical replica on Saturday.
“That will be the challenge to the players, but ultimately it’s not about just matching that performance, it’s about winning a game of football”,
“We all know that it’s very rare that two games are anything like the same. Hopefully, we’ve got something left in our legs because it was a big effort from the players the other night.
“I thought we might have come down a bit in the second half, but from looking at the stats it was a real effort from them.
“That shows that they got back to what they were best at – rewarded with goals this time as well – and when they are at it like that they do look at a good team.”
Uwe Rosler will be in the opposing dugout on Saturday and Hurst knows what to expect having faced his side four times last season.
“They are a very similar team to last season”, Paul said.
“A lot of the same players are there and why not when they only missed out in the play-offs? It was a fantastic season from them last year and they will be looking to replicate that again.
“They are just outside at the minute, but I think there are a lot of teams that would expect to be in the play-offs and Fleetwood will be one of them.
“They’ve done a lot of work on the training ground, they’ve got a settled squad – added to by a couple of quality players – and we know how they like to play.
“They’ve got a set way of playing more often than not and they will prove difficult to beat I’m sure, but one thing that is for certain is that we’ve got a better team, and squad, to try and achieve that this time around.”
Town failed to win any of those four games last season, drawing once and losing three times, but Paul doesn’t believe that will come into it this time around.
“Realistically it’s a new season and I’m more focussed on trying to do well ourselves”, said Hurst.
“We did have one excellent first-half performance last season over at Fleetwood where we really controlled the game, but they made a substitution, we had a man sent off and second-half was a different story.
“We certainly didn’t come out on the right side of the result, but I don’t think there was much in three of the games, and hopefully we can change that.”