Paul Hurst's thoughts after the 2-0 win away to Charlton Athletic
Shrewsbury ran out 2-0 winners over Charlton Athletic during their visit to The Valley this afternoon, which comes as Charlton’s only loss in four games. A solid team performance pleased Town boss Paul Hurst on his first ever trip to The Valley, Paul said: “It’s a really nice stadium and they had a decent crowd in.
“We talk about results being more important than performance, and at this stage, they are but when you get both, its very pleasing as a manager.”
In the first half Town missed a penalty and his team were under early pressure, Hurst however was pleased at his teams response: “We started well on the ball but they had three efforts in the space of a minute, two were really good saves from Deano.
“We know what attacking threat we carry, we got through that very small period and after that I that we were the better team for the whole game really.
“So to come here an do that to a team like Charlton was a real effort from the players. Particularly on the back of a little bit of criticism, and maybe us lacking a bit of confidence.”
“We have had a few of words with a few people over the last couple of days and prior to the game we spoke about remembering what bought us success at the start of the season. Today they looked a really good side.”
Hurst spoke about the goal scored by Alex rodman that broke the deadlock: “I had a great view, when he hit it, I was thinking surely that’s going in.
“I glanced up at our bench and it was like they were on a time delay and then they jumped up. It was nice to get that view of the bench and what it means to them as well, but it was a fantastic strike.
“I think both wingers carried threats for us today, if anything, it was like watching the team from earlier on in the season. I think it was one of the best performances of the season.”
Hurst was also happy with how his team managed the game: “We looked a threat, more solid, we won a lot of second balls, we were on the front foot.
“It was a real positive performance in front of a very vocal away following as well which is really pleasing when you can send them home happy on the long journey.
“It sets us up perfectly for Tuesday night, providing the game is going to be on with the forecast. That game in its own right is a big game for us.”
After bouncing back from the 1-1 draw against Gillingham on Tuesday and getting all three points, The Shrews sit only one point behind league leaders Blackburn Rovers. Town next face Yeovil in the CheckaTrade trophy semi final on Tuesday night.