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Paul Hurst post Southend

12 September 2017


Paul Hurst post Southend

12 September 2017

Gaffers' thoughts after the 1-0 win at home to Southend

Paul Hurst adamant he can get more from his side as Town remain top of the table.

“I thought we started okay. You know we had the header from Steph and he hit the post. I felt like if we went to press them, we would have had some joy but then we just seemed to lose our way a bit.

Rain hurled over a cold Montgomery Waters Meadow creating poor playing conditions.

“The conditions were difficult, there’s no getting away from that, I think second half we had the wind and it seemed to throw the centre half’s off in terms of heading the ball and it became hard work.

“It was certainly not the any of the fluid football that we’ve seen today, but to keep another clean sheet and win another game is credit to them, I just still want more.

“I’m delighted to get the win, I might not seem overjoyed but I am delighted with the victory.

“It’s the first time where we’ve had that massive effort on Saturday to beat a top team in Wigan to then come (and play) mid-week. Hopefully we can learn something in terms of moving forward throughout the season when we face a similar fixture list.

“As I said, credit to the players for digging in, one fantastic save from Deano and some hairy moments, a lot produced by ourselves.

“For a team who doesn’t probably play that much football, we’ve had a team come to us and match us up. So maybe that’s a little pat on the back for how the players have tarted the season.”

Speaking on Jon Nolan’s goal;

“That’s what we want more of the goals. I haven’t seen the finish; I couldn’t see from where I was but Adams looked at it on the video and said it’s a fantastic finish that he often does in training. We’re encouraging him to put his foot through the ball a bit more.

“If he can add goals to his game then I think he will get a lot of people looking at him.”

On Stefan Payne’s injury;

“He twisted his foot trying to control it. We’re not going to panic just yet no matter what it is or how long he is out.

“I thought he started the game very well, he looks strong, physical and a handful, like he’d got too much strength and pace for the back line.”

On being three points clear and facing Oldham on Saturday;

“Yeah, a nice easy one at Oldham, after they’ve just been to Bristol Rovers and won! They nearly got the win at Fleetwood and I think we know first-hand what a difficult place Fleetwood can be.

“I know full well it will be a tough game. I don’t think the players in fairness to them tonight approached the game with the wrong attitude, I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt.

“I think it was just conditions and a lack of energy that resulted in a lesser performance today”

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