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Paul Hurst Pre Doncaster Rovers

25 September 2017


Paul Hurst Pre Doncaster Rovers

25 September 2017

Gaffer looks ahead to the trip to the Keepmoat

Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst admits he wants more of the same from his players when they take on Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday night.

Hurst’s side were unlucky not to pick up all three points against Blackburn on Saturday, but they remain the only side unbeaten in the Football League.

Paul has been pleased with his sides’ work ethic this season and is hopeful that will continue tomorrow evening.

“I think we want more of the same”, Hurst told the Press.

“If we can put a similar performance in, with a similar work ethic, then I will be happy. Obviously, the result still influences exactly how happy you are, but often if you get performances then more often than not you get results.

“I thought it was a better performance against Blackburn than we’d had against Oldham or Southend, but it probably on needed to be against that side.

“I know Tony was very disappointed with his team, but we probably have to take some credit for that in the fact we didn’t let them play the type of game they wanted to.”

Doncaster haven’t had the best start to the season, but they beat Plymouth 3-0 on Saturday and Hurst believes they will be difficult opponents.

“They’re off the back of a very good away win”, said Paul.

“They play a different shape to what a lot of teams play. They like to pass the ball and they’ve got willing frontrunners with whoever they go with.

“I think when they came up we said straight away, that along with Portsmouth and Plymouth, they make the division stronger.

“Under Darren Ferguson they play some good football, so it will be another tough game for us on the back of a big effort on Saturday, where I felt we were a little bit unfortunate in the end not to get another three points.”

John Marquis and Alfie May both scored in that win at Plymouth taking their combined tally to nine for the season and Paul admits that his side will have to keep an eye on them.

“Marquis had a great season last year and May’s come from non-league”, Hurst continued.

“Every time we’ve had a report or someone’s been to a game up there they’ve always spoken very highly of him (May). He’s a bit of a livewire. He’s got that enthusiasm and that’s what you want to see.

“You want to see people enjoying the game and in May it certainly looks like he is. (Andy) Williams is another one that’s scored goals in his career, so they’ve certainly got some threats up there and we will have to be on our toes.”

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