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Paul Hurst Post Oxford United

2 April 2018


Paul Hurst Post Oxford United

2 April 2018

Gaffer reflects on Oxford victory

Paul Hurst’s men ran out 3-2 winners over Oxford United in a thrilling game at The Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Goals from Shuan Whalley and Jon Nolan and a strong team performance secured all three points to send Town back to second place in the Sky Bet League One.

Hurst was delighted at how his side performed against Karl Robbinson’s difficult Oxford side, he said: “I thought we were excellent today, the game was a lot closer that it should have been in terms of score line.

“We really looked a big threat and I thought we gave too many opportunities away, Dean was maybe a bit too busy for my liking but at the other end we did really look a threat and we should have scored more goals than what we did.

“Today was about getting some positivity back after the defeat and losing Toto, I’m really pleased with the players effort today.”

Hurst was also pleased with the contribution from his players after a few injuries, especially his winger Shaun Whalley, Hurst said: “He’s been a big asset for us in terms of goals from himself and assists.

“He did look a little tired in the first half, but he seemed to come through that and grew into the game and gave another big contribution.”

“I thought we played well, we just didn’t always have that bit of luck, I thought the performance was full of positive type of play and thankfully it’s been rewarded and today we certainly got what we deserved.”

Town’s next game is the Checkatrade final at Wembley, Hurst says his team were purely focused on the games at hand: “I wanted no distractions, Wembley has had no influence so we had no excuses.

“I praise the lads professionalism and application to the league campaign since we got to Wembley and they have been top draw, now I want them to enjoy it.”

“I want them look forward to it because it’s a good achievement playing at the national stadium, I want them to soak it up and when the game starts we want to try and win the game.”

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