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Paul Hurst Post Rotherham United

17 February 2018

Gaffer reflects on Millers defeat

Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst was in reflective mood as Town went down to back to back home defeats for the first-time this season.

Richard Wood’s first-half goal proved to be the difference between the two sides as Rotherham United took the point’s home to South Yorkshire.

Overall, it was a scrappy game and Paul felt that the visitors just about won the physical battle.

“I don’t think it was a spectacle for anyone”, admitted Hurst.

“The Rotherham fans will go home happy and understandable so because it keeps their run going and it’s another good victory for them.

“You can see why they’re winning games because they are very hard to play against, a big threat from set-plays and a physical side that don’t give you time on the ball.

“I think we try and do things similar, but today they were better at that side of the game.

Wood’s goal came just before half-time as Town failed to deal with a corner and Hurst wasn’t pleased with the manner of the goal.

“It’s a poor one”, said Paul.

“It’s a wrong decision and it’s a tap-in. People have had a lot of credit throughout the season and if things go the other way you have to be able to take things on the chin and move on from it.”

Town did have changes in the game, but Paul acknowledged that it was a difficult afternoon for his team.

“We had a bright start for the first five minutes”, Hurst said.

“We’ve had the best chance with Shaun Whalley, but there’s no doubt that we had to withstand pressure and we looked a little bit edgy.

“We were slow to get organised and pick up second balls, particularly from set-plays, which then invited balls into the box and they’re not frightened to do that.

“Second-half I thought we had a go, but ultimately they make it difficult. Nathan probably had the best chance where the ‘keepers made another good save. Abs has had a couple of good errors, but it was a difficult afternoon.

“We knew it was going to be a battle. The game was no different really than I expected it to be and that was part of my thinking in team selection, but now we’ve got try and go again on Tuesday.”

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