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Paul Hurst Post Scunthorpe United

30 September 2017

Gaffer looks back on Scunthorpe win

Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst praised his side for another incredible effort as they beat Scunthorpe United 2-0.

Goals from Stefan Payne and Carlton Morris gave Town their first win by more than one goal all season.

Hurst was particularly pleased with his team’s second half display, which saw Town dominate for long spells.

“Second half I thought was very good”, Paul told the Press.

“First-half I just felt like there was something missing from our game, but we’re playing against a good side and you can tell why they don’t concede many goals.

“Once we got ourselves in front you know that they’ve got to come out jof their shape a little bit more and suddenly there was more space for us to run into.

“We got onto the front foot a bit more, epitomised by Abs, and from then on I felt we were the better team.”

Both of Town’s strikers scored today and Paul praised their impact on the game.

“Stef’s got a few scrappy ones, but that’s the sign of a goalscorer”, said Hurst.

“We put him on the ‘keeper form set-plays and its justified having someone in that area and I thought Carlton came on and did really well.

“He was ill yesterday, didn’t turn up to training, but he can be ill a bit more if that’s the response that you get because I thought he looked a real handful when he came on and he took his goal extremely well.”

At the other end Town kept a clean-sheet and Hurst was pleased for the lads at the back.

“I think Deano had to make one really good save”, admitted Paul.

“There were a couple of things from set-plays where McArdle looked a threat, maybe not where you felt it was going in, but a couple of attempts.

“I think Graham (Alexander) said going into the game that he felt it was going to be a lot more open, but I’m not really sure that was the case.

“I thought the lads listened to some of the details we passed onto them, in terms of certain players and positions they pick up and coped with that well.

“Sometimes it’s those small details that add up to make a great result and the fact they’ve listened to that is pleasing as a manager.”

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