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Paul Hurst Pre Wigan Athletic

7 September 2017

Gaffer looks ahead to this weekend's game with Wigan Athletic

Shrewsbury Town Boss Paul Hurst believes Saturday’s game with Wigan Athletic will be there most difficult yet.

Both sides are unbeaten with Town having won 4 and drawn once, whilst Wigan have won three times and drawn once in their four games.

The visitors came down from the Championship last season and Paul believes they will be a tough test.

“Everything about them that I’ve seen and watched is very good”, said Hurst.

“I’m struggling in all honesty to find much of a weakness in them. Maybe we should expect that because having just come down from the Championship they will be looking for a swift return there and will no doubt be up there at the end of the season.

“It’s a massive test for us, but one where we go into it in a good place as well and we’ve got to try and cause one of those upsets that I spoke about at the start of the season. It would be an upset, but I’m hoping our players see it as an opportunity to try and test ourselves and make life extremely difficult for them.”

Despite Wigan’s quality, Hurst wants his players to show a cup mentality and hopes his side can make it difficult for the visitors.

“I’m not going to shy away from the fact that they are a good side”, admitted Paul.

“You look at the team-sheet and even the most uninterested footballer would recognise some of their line-up, so from that point of view let’s not kid ourselves and paint a picture that’s not there, but when they step over that white line it’s about what happens on that day.

“We’ve got to try and not let them get in the rhythm of their game, try and play our football, which has been good at times and really have a go at it. I don’t want them coming off the pitch after the game with any regrets.

“If we are beaten by the better on the day then we hold our hands up and say fair enough, but let’s at least make it difficult and hopefully we can have some success ourselves.”

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