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Paul Hurst Pre Doncaster Rovers

18 January 2018

Gaffer looks ahead to the visit of Rovers

Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst is looking to get back to winning ways when Town return to League One action on Saturday.

Town face Doncaster Rovers after their visit to the London Stadium on Tuesday night against West Ham.

The league has always been the priority for the Town boss and he wants to get that winning feeling back after losing 3-1 Blackburn Rovers last weekend.

“You are always trying to bounce back in your next game”, Paul told the Press.

“Obviously going to West Ham that was always going to be a big ask, so the next one up is Doncaster, but there’s certainly far from any guarantees of that happening.

“We will have to perform well. They are in good form at the minute and are on a little unbeaten run. They played against Plymouth last week, who have also been on good form and it came out a draw, so we know we’re going to have to be at it.

“The game there was very close and we won from a very late goal from Arthur, so we know we are going to have to be good.”

Doncaster made life very difficult for Town that night and Paul is aware of the threats they pose.

“They usually play a certain way and I was surprised when they had a little bit of a struggle, but that’s been turned round and they’re not too far away from the play-offs”, Hurst said.

“They work hard and pass the ball. They like to get on the ball and have as much possession as possible, so we’ve got to try and upset that and look after the ball ourselves.

“I think Doncaster stick to their principles. They know what they want to do and don’t change too often on that, so we go into the game with an idea of how they will play, but once the whistle goes you play what’s in front of you.

“From my point of view that’s about us trying to get to the levels we can and doing everything in our power to claim three points.”

After playing 120 minutes on Tuesday night there are one or two tired bodies in the camp and Hurst admitted he may have to freshen things up.

“I think a decision will be made after training tomorrow”, Paul said.

“I’ve got one or two ideas floating around my head at the minute, but I want to see them all again the day before the game to see if there’s anything obvious, see if anyone says anything to Skitty about how they are feeling and then take it from there.”

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