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Paul Hurst Post Charlton Athletic

10 May 2018

Gaffer reflects on Semi-Final first-leg

Paul Hurst’s men ran out one nil winners in the first leg of the Play-Off semi final away to Charlton.

A second half volleyed goal by midfielder by Jon Nolan was the difference between the two sides as Town take a goal advantage into the second leg at the Montgomery Waters Meadow,

Paul was pleased with the result despite him feeling his side were underdogs.

“As I said going into the game we were underdogs. I felt like we were getting wrote off in some quarters. We still might be but what the players have done is come to a big stadium with a fantastic crow backed by our following as well made for a great atmosphere all night,” said Hurst

“We produced a very good performance, one where we had to put up bits of pressure, we knew that but I thought we had our moments certainly. It’s not like it has been a smash and grab. If anyone is saying that then I would have to disagree.”

Hurst was also pleased with the quality of Jon Nolan’s goal, he said: “It was one of the few times we had a bit of quality. I thought we got ourselves into some really good positions.

“It was a great strike. We all got carried away for at least three seconds and then we were back in the technical area understanding there was still more than enough time for Charlton to grab an equaliser."

Paul feels the fans can have a big impact in the second leg at home and hopes to see a full house, He said: “I hope we have a full house. We need them to really get behind the team. I don’t want them to turn up thinking it’s just for a party; we hope that’s the case at the end of the game.

“We need them and we need them to understand that Charlton will have their moments in the game and it will be another nail biting experience for the fans and most people connected to Shrewsbury Town.”

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