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Paul Hurst Post AFC Wimbledon

24 March 2018

Gaffer reflects on Wimbledon result

Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst was pleased to take all three points with a 1-0 win over AFC Wimbledon.

Stefan Payne scored the only goal of the game early in the second-half as Town headed back to the top of League One.

Paul acknowledged that it wasn’t the most free-flowing of games but was pleased with his player’s efforts.

“It wasn't pretty, but the most important thing is that we won the game”, Hurst said.

“It's another clean-sheet and I'm pleased for Craig to come in and do that - he made one good save early on and a couple of other bits of good handling but thankfully he wasn’t too busy on the day.

“To finish the game with 10-men as well and see it through was credit to the players for another big effort.”

Payne’s goal was his 13th of the season and Hurst was pleased to see him on the scoresheet.

“He's just missed a chance prior to that and I could tell that he wasn’t beating himself up a little bit”, said Paul.

“I shouted on and said 'that's gone, score the next one', that rarely happens but it did today and it's credit to him.

“We had a good chance before that as well with Carlton and that was the start of the second-half where we were more on the front foot and more positive.

“We looked a little bit tentative first-half with one or two passes astray and at other times taking that extra touch rather than letting a pass go.

“Second-half we started to play with more tempo and got the goal, which proved all important, and after that I thought we saw the game out pretty well.”

There was some bad news for Town with Bryn Morris being sent-off late on for a second yellow and Paul gave his thoughts on the decision.

“The first yellow I would agree with, the second one is a foul but I think it got to a point where every foul was a booking and that’s not the case”, said Hurst.

“It’s the last thing that we need. I might have come up with a totally new system with one midfield player and that’s how we will have to go at Rochdale. I’m a bit perplexed about it but we just have to get on with it.”


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