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Paul Hurst post Charlton Athletic

17 April 2018

Gaffers thoughts after the defeat at home to Charlton

Paul Hurst’s men fell to a 2-0 defeat to Charlton Athletic at home, after starting the game brightly in the first half.

Goals from Josh Magennis and Jason Pearce gave the visitors a two-goal advantage over town and gave the Addicks all three points.

Although disappointed, Hurst remains positive that his side can go into the next game and put on a better performance, he said: “Disappointed result wise yes, performance wise in the second half for quite a bit of it, yes. We weren’t as good as we like to be.

“But not the first half, I thought we played some decent stuff in the first half. I’m not going to be too critical of this team. We are disappointed that we lost the game. That probably means it will be Play-Offs. But if you said would we of taken that at the start of the season… I think we all know the answer to that.

Paul however, was disappointed at the nature of the goals conceded, he said: “You don’t always get the best view from where I am, but you’re always disappointed to concede from a set play.

“I thought that was one of the things, particularly second half we didn’t win enough headers and that’s an absolute basic of football. You can argue how important that is. On that occasion it’s certainly important.

“We didn’t clear the ball well enough, or we didn’t win the first header. That’s one aspect I’m not happy with, there was some others.”

Town’s next game is a home fixture against already relegated Bury. Hurst and his team are keen to get that winning feeling back amongst the squad, he said: “We have become accustom to that for large parts of this season. I’ve just seen their result, drawn three all at Doncaster who have been going very well so that would suggest they haven’t thrown the towel in.

“Looking at the line up, there are a few young players in there. I’m sure that will give them that hunger and desire. Nothing is easy. From my point of view I’ve got to see how we are with the bangs and knocks and see what is available to me in terms of team selection and try to get a win.”

Town’s next game is this Saturday against Bury at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.

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