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Paul Hurst Post Doncaster Rovers

26 September 2017

Hurst reacts to Doncaster win

Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst credited his Assistant Chris Doig with the decision to bring on match-winner Arthur Gnahoua.

Gnahoua scored in the 94th minute to extend Town’s lead at the top of League One.

Despite the win, Paul wasn’t too pleased with Town’s first-half display.

“It was a far to open game for my liking”, Hurst told the Press.

“Someone who’s been to the game has just messaged me there to tell me what a good game it was, so it might be nice for the neutral and it’s always nice when you come out on the right side of the result, but it just seemed that defence went out of the window at times.

“First-half we were a bit at sea. Yes there were changes made, but I don’t think that was an excuse for some of the things that were perhaps happening on our side. I said that they played a different way and they perhaps caused us some different problems.

“Having said that, I felt that they caused us problems as well and it was a case of who could keep hold of the ball long enough to have a go at the opposition.”

The first half was an end to end affair and Hurst felt his side needed to tighten up in order to win the game.

“I felt like a goal was coming”, Paul said.

“Every time the ball went towards either sides box I felt like it could have gone in and we certainly didn’t have it all our own way, but I think the difference now is that we do look a threat and when you’ve got that in your make-up you can always look to stay in the game.

“I said at half-time that if our back four performed better in the second half we could win the game. It proved to be the case and we were better in the second half, but the way Doncaster play they are going to have spells of good possession.”

Arthur came on in the 88th minute and Paul was delighted with the Frenchman’s contribution.

“The last message from myself was for a little bit of magic, ‘go and win us the game’”, Hurst continued.

“The lads said that they knew he was going to score. I wasn’t so confident, because in the little time he has played he has got into those position and not quite finished it.

“I have to give credit to my Assistant who had said ‘what about Arthur?’ It took a couple of minutes for me to decide that it was the right thing to do, but then gave him the opportunity and in that short space of time you can’t really do much more.”

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