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Paul Hurst on Targets

7 February 2018

Gaffer assesses aims with just over a third of the season remaining

Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst admits that he isn’t getting ahead of himself despite his side’s lofty position in the table.

Town are currently second in Sky Bet League One and broke the 60 point mark on Saturday thanks to a 2-1 victory over Bristol Rovers.

However, whilst Paul acknowledges that Town are in a good position, he believes there will be a number of twists and turns over the next 17 games.

“I keep looking for teams that have been up there and then blow-up, because it can happen”, Hurst told ShrewsWeb.

“There was certainly a team a couple of seasons back that were in a very good position in this league and I think they finished ninth, so it can happen.

“I hope we’ve got more in this group to ensure that it doesn’t, but we haven’t achieved anything yet and there’s some very tough games to come.

“We’ve got more than a third left still, so lots can happen, but with every point we put on the board we are certainly getting closer to a points tally that has probably seen you make the play-offs.

“We are still a while away from that, but unless we do have a real disaster we are edging closer to that and that is in the back of my mind, but it is very much game to game.”

Town play 10 of their 17 remaining games at the Montgomery Waters Meadow, where they have lost just once this season, but Hurst believes that the fight for points will continue to intensify as the season nears its conclusion.

“I think fans would have expected us to beat Doncaster and Portsmouth away they might have said that we might lose or take a point, so that was the opposite way round”, Paul said.

“We’ve got more home games than away and I think because the home forms been so good people are thinking that things are a formality there, but that’s not the case.

“Lots of teams will have different agendas. There will be a focus with teams as to whether they are needing points to hopefully drag themselves out of the relegation zone or whether it’s at the top end of the table to make sure they are in the mix.

“Earlier on in the season you think ‘we’ve got another 40 left, it’s not the end of the world’, but each game that goes by that finishing line gets that little bit closer and there will be a lot of teams that feel like they need points for different reasons and that makes it difficult.”

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