The Gaffer reflects on the 2-1 victory away at Fleetwood Town
Shrewsbury Town Boss Paul Hurst was delighted with how his side bounced back from Saturday’s defeat to Plymouth by beating Fleetwood Town 2-1.
Nathan Thomas stole the show, setting up Town’s first just before the interval and then scoring his first Shrewsbury Town goal in the 82nd minute to give Town the victory.
Town are now back on top of League One and Hurst was pleased with his sides display.
“I think overall it was a much better performance”, Paul told the Press.
“I thought we had a few good spells in the game, controlled a lot of the possession and from my point of view I would have been disappointed not to have won the game, but at one-all obviously you’re not sure.
“I thought we started the game a little bit tentatively. I thought we were okay but maybe just holding back slightly, maybe as a result of the result on Saturday, but I’m delighted by the response and to get back to winning ways.”
It was no less than Town deserved after a very decent showing on the Fylde coast, although Paul wasn’t pleased with his sides defending for the hosts’ goal.
“Nolo had a couple of chances that spring to mind”, said Hurst.
“One he said he thought he was just going to tap it in and then the ball seemed to run away from him and be a bit further away from him than he thought, but I thought we played some good stuff and looked relatively comfortable.
“They had one effort first-half and I think the feeling in the dressing room at half-time was that we could go on and win the game.
“We started alright second-half, but the goal we are disappointed with. It was a bit of a scrappy one again from the second phase of a corner, but we managed to get back and keep plugging away and it was great for Nathan to get his first goal and what proved to be the winning goal.”
Thomas looked a threat all evening after coming on as a 35th minute substitute for the injured Alex Rodman and Hurst hopes that performance gives him confidence.
“He took it well”, admitted Paul.
“I don’t know whether Fleetwood would look at it any differently, but he looked a threat, he caused Fleetwood problems and they made the sub.
“You just get a feeling when he gets the ball in that sort of area because he can go either way. He one before that where I thought he might go with the outside of his foot and he ended up not really doing anything with it, but that should do his confidence the world of good.”