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Paul Hurst Post Walsall

10 March 2018

Gaffer reflects on Walsall victory

Paul Hurst’s Town side ran out two nil winners over local rivals Walsall. Goals from Alex Rodman and Abu Ogogo sealed all three points for The Shrews.

Hurst was happy with the result, beating local rivals Walsall despite not giving the best performance he has seen: “It’s always nice to beat your rivals in a derby game and put that one to bed. I’m pleased but we weren’t at our best.

“Difficult conditions but at the same time I thought we started the game extremely well, got ourselves in front so we gained the advantage and then we kind of lost our way a little bit.

“We probably didn’t play the conditions well enough. I think we have to understand sometimes we might not look as good on the eye but we need to just put the ball into areas when it is like that, when they’re on top of you, to take any type of pressure out of the situation.

“Over all I thought we deserved the win, all be it not our best performance.”

Hurst was pleased with the goals and chances his team created: “We had a couple of good moves, the one with Shaun, and the one that’s cut back to Nolan and he didn’t connect was a fantastic move.

“At times we do look a good side, but whenever its one nil you’re always a bit wary, they’ve hit the woodwork twice, we hit it once.

“But delighted, we carry on with staying and competing at the right end of the league and edging closer to securing that play off spot.

“We’re not too far away from a points total that certainty in recent years has guaranteed that.”

Paul was also pleased at Abu Ogogo scoring another goal: “It was amazing, he nearly missed it, it kind of hit the roof of the net before hitting the back of it.

“But fantastic energy from him, he leads by example, he gets about the pitch extremely well. He’s just a great lad to work with on the training ground. I know exactly what I’m going to get from him.”

Shrewsbury sit second place in the Sky Bet League one and next face Scunthorpe United away at Glanford Park next Saturday.

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