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Paul Hurst Pre Charlton Athletic

22 February 2018

Gaffer looks ahead to the trip to the Valley

Shrewsbury Town Boss Paul Hurst is looking for his side to make it four wins from four on the road when they take on Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Town have had a slight dip in form at the Montgomery Waters Meadow of late, but away from home they have beaten Fleetwood, Bristol Rovers and Portsmouth.

However, victory won’t be easy against a Charlton side that Hurst believes possess a lot of quality.

“Recently we have been doing well away from home, but at the same time we know it’s a tough test”, said Paul.

“I mentioned the other day that I’d watched Charlton and for 45 minutes against Bradford I thought they were outstanding. They’ve got individual talent in abundance. They’ve got so many options available at the top end of the pitch, so it’s a tough encounter.

“It’s a team that we haven’t played yet and somewhere that I’ve never been as a player or a manager, so it’s nice to tick another ground off and hopefully we can leave there with some good memories.”

There is good news for Town on the illness front as Paul confirmed that it was beginning to clear up.

“I think we are nearly getting there”, said Hurst.

“It feels that way with not as many coughs and colds about. I think Skitty’s got a bit bunged up again, but it’s not as bad for us as staff, it’s more the players that we are worried about.

“All bar one player has trained today and they seem a bit brighter and a little bit healthier, so fingers crossed we are through the worst of that.”

Meanwhile, over 1000 Town fans will make the journey to The Valley on Saturday, something Hurst was delighted with.

“It seems to have attracted the attention”, Paul said.

“We are having a good season and you want to get a good following at home and away. I don’t know whether it’s down to the stadium, but that will be a fantastic following and I’m sure they will get right behind the players and try to cheer them onto a victory that we would all like for that long journey home.”  

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