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Paul Hurst Pre Northampton Town

19 March 2018


Paul Hurst Pre Northampton Town

19 March 2018

Gaffer looks ahead to Cobblers trip

Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst has warned his players to be wary of a potential backlash from Northampton Town on Tuesday night.

The Cobblers were beaten 3-0 at home to Rotherham United on Saturday, a result which put them into the relegation zone and Hurst believes they will be looking to rebound.

“I’m sure that Jimmy will be looking for a reaction from his players and ultimately they are fighting for their lives”, said Paul.

“All I would say is that Saturday’s been and gone for both teams, it’s a new game and you don’t get anything from what happened on Saturday, you have to perform yet again.

“For my players I will certainly be into them about expecting a tough game because I think they’ve got a couple of players that can cause problems.

“They’re not where they want to be in the league, but I tend to reverse things a lot, so for me they are due a win and I don’t want that to be against us.

“I want to try and build on what was a very good win on Saturday and the start of a little run that we are on already at the minute.”

It was a 1-0 win on the opening day of the season against Northampton that started this incredible season for Town, but Paul believes they are very different side now.

“Obviously the manager’s changed and he will have brought in some new players”, said Hurst.

“That win seems a long time ago. I can remember it and it was certainly a bit warmer than it is now, but we’d take a similar result that’s for sure.

“The wide players they’ve got have got some pace, O’Toole from midfield is always a threat. They’ve also got a couple of strikers that are a little bit unknown, although we’ve seen some of them in action.

“In midfield, (Matt) Grimes is a good player. He got a big move and is out on-loan at the minute. Every team has some decent players, it’s how that comes together as a team and we’ve got to try and take advantage of the situation they are in, and if there is any lack of confidence on their side.

“What we don’t want to do is go into the game and give them a bit of a leg up, start sloppy, ease them into the game and allow confidence to come back.”

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