Gaffer looks ahead to Highbury trip
Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst is looking for his side to bounce back straight away when they face Fleetwood Town on Tuesday Night.
Town suffered only their fifth league defeat of the season on Saturday, a 2-1 defeat to Plymouth Argyle.
It was a small setback for the Town, but Hurst wants his players to keep doing the things that have made them so successful this season.
“It’s about keeping a positive mind-set, doing what we have done all season and trying to get a bit of a response”, Paul said.
“What I would say is that a lot of teams lost at the weekend and a lot of teams have lost a hell of a lot more than we have.
“Naturally you are disappointed, particularly when you go one-nil up and you were hoping for another good afternoon.
“It wasn’t to be but it’s far from panic stations or anything like that, we’ve got the next game and try and put things right.”
Fleetwood made the Play-Offs last season but are enjoying a more difficult campaign this time around, currently sitting in 17th place in Sky Bet League One. However, Paul believes they have more than enough to get out of trouble and expects them to be right up for the game.
“I still think they will have more than enough to pick up some victories and be comfortable, but because of how tight the division is I’m sure they will want to get those victories as quickly as possible”, Hurst said.
“Last season we played them four times and they were far from my favourite opposition when you look at the results we had against them. This year we managed to win the home game and put that to bed, so I’m pleased that we got that monkey off our back so to speak.
“There game was off at the weekend, so I think they probably feel like they will be a little bit fresher, but what it does mean is that (Cian) Bolger is still suspended now, so he will be ruled out of the game.
“I watched them last Tuesday down at Yeovil and have obviously watched more footage, so we have a good idea of how they will set-up, but for me it’s about us and trying to get back to a level of performance that we’ve been used to seeing over the course of the season.”
One big decision for the Town boss will come in goal where Dean Henderson returns from his suspension, but Hurst gave credit to Craig MacGillivray for his performances in recent weeks.
“Craig yet again has done himself no harm”, said Paul.
“I felt for him a little bit because he saves a penalty and then not much longer has to pick the ball out of the net. There was nothing he could have done with the second goal, it was one of those scrappy horrible ones with bodies laid down in the six yard box.”