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Paul Hurst Pre Plymouth Argyle

12 October 2017

Gaffer looks ahead to the long trip to Home Park

Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst is wary of a potential banana skin when Town take on Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

Plymouth are currently bottom of League One with 25 points less than Town, who top League One.

However, Hurst is urging his players not to underestimate Derek Adams’ side.

“It’s our 13th league game, playing against a team that are currently occupying that bottom spot”, Paul told the Press.

“For once it probably does feel like we are going into the game as favourites, but you are looking for that slip-up that is going to occur at some point.

“We don’t want it to be on a journey as far as Plymouth is because it will be a long time to think about it on the way back, so hopefully we can extend that run a little bit further.”

As always, Paul has watched footage of the opposition and despite their difficult start to the season, he can see areas of strength.

“They’ve got some players that can certainly pose threats”, admitted Hurst.

“They’ve got their captain back and player of the season available to them, as well as their new signing     Toumani (Diagouraga) who was at Rotherham many years ago, so that will have given them a lift going into the game.

“They’ve got some really big threats from any free-kicks or corners. If Bradley comes back in, Edwards, Blissett, Jervis – there are four very tall players there that have certainly scored goals with their heads in the past, so that is something we are conscious of.

“But, we want to cause problems ourselves and at the minute we’ve managed to do that on most occasions.”

It’s nearly a 500 mile round trip to Plymouth, but the Gaffer doesn’t want to use that as an excuse come five o’clock on Saturday.

“For most teams it’s obviously a long trip and Plymouth encounter the opposite when they are away from home”, said Paul.

“Most weekend’s they are probably not back until we are into Sunday, but this weekend it’s our turn to face that task.

“We can’t use it as an excuse. We know it’s going to happen, so we will train early and try and get on the road a little bit earlier to try and avoid being in as much traffic as we can.”
 
Meanwhile, there was good news on the injury front with only Lenell John-Lewis likely to miss out thanks to his slight hamstring injury.


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