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Paul Hurst Pre Bristol Rovers

1 February 2018


Paul Hurst Pre Bristol Rovers

1 February 2018

Gaffer looks ahead to league game against Bristol Rovers

Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst admits that he is looking forward to getting back down to business when Town take on Bristol Rovers this weekend.

Since the victory over Portsmouth, Hurst has been primarily concentrating on the transfer window, signing three players on deadline day.

However, with that now out of the way he is looking forward to focussing back on the football.

“It’s been nice today”, said Paul.

“At the start of the week you obviously have to pay some attention to the squad and the players, and we were looking to bring some lads in to bolster the squad, but now it’s very much focussed on Bristol Rovers, our next game.

“It’s a tough away trip, so it’s good to get back thinking about what happens on the grass and on the training ground ahead of Saturday’s game.”

Town beat Bristol Rovers 4-0 earlier in the season, their best result this campaign, but Paul expects them to be a different animal this time around.

“I think they maybe went through a difficult period, but I think they’ve come through that now and they are starting to really climb the table and are in good form”, said Hurst.

“It’s always difficult going there. They get well supported, a big crowd and play with lots of energy. Darryl’s not frightened of changing the team around both in personnel and formation.

“I watched their game against Doncaster and he changes it round quite a lot within that game, so it’s one that can be relatively difficult to prepare for.

“But, we’ve got to go there and be at our best, be strong, be physical, be up for the game and give everything to try and go away with a positive result.”

Hurst confirmed that his three new recruits will come into contention for Saturday’s game, but wouldn’t say if they would start.

“I’ve got to make some decisions”, admitted Paul.

“It’s a lot more difficult for me now, but I’m glad because I wanted us to be as strong as possible going into this second half of the season.

“They’ve made three additions in January (Bernard Mensah, Kyle Bennet and Tony Craig), so I’m sure he will be pleased with the business that he’s done.

“It may take a while for teams that have made signings to see how they settle down and to see what sides they go with.”

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