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Paul Hurst Post Lincoln City

8 April 2018

Gaffer reacts to the Checkatrade Trophy Final defeat

Shrewsbury Town fell to a one nil defeat against Lincoln City in the Checkatrade trophy final. A first half goal from Elliot Whitehouse secured the victory for the Sky Bet League Two side.

Hurst feels his side didn’t produce enough to beat the inform Lincoln side, he said: “We weren’t good enough. We’ve hit the bar; the keepers made an outstanding save. We probably had one spell in the game where we looked like ourselves. Unfortunately we have come up short today.

“Lincoln play a certain way. Congratulations to them, they got the goal. If we can’t score a goal, we’re never going to win the game.”

Paul feels his players can now fully focus on the league campaign and promotion push, he said: “We move on to the league campaign, we have to dust ourselves down quickly and we can’t feel sorry for ourselves.

“In the end we didn’t create enough chances, we didn’t pass the ball well enough. It looked like, unfortunately that the players froze. If that happens, you’re going to make it difficult for yourselves.

“It’s a test of character now, the players have been absolutely fantastic for a high percentage of the games this season, even when competing with teams like Blackburn and Wigan.

“Ultimately now, this could have a detrimental effect but I feel this can now spur us on, its certainty increased my drive to make it a successful end.

“We have got to get together and look forward to the Bradford game, it’s on TV, and I’m hoping we can put on a better show than we did today.”

Town’s next game in the Sky Bet League One is a trip to Valley Parade to face Bradford City. Paul Hurst’s men will be hoping to return to winning ways in the league campaign.

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