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Pre-Wycombe | Paul Hurst

11 April 2024


Pre-Wycombe | Paul Hurst

11 April 2024

Boss Paul Hurst discussed a wide range of topics during his pre-Wycombe press conference.

Town take on Matt Bloomfield's side at the Croud Meadow on Saturday for what is our penultimate home game of the season.

In what has been a busy few days for the boss, Paul watched Wycombe play out a goalless draw with Derby yesterday - with that game coming just days after they lost the EFL Trophy final.

Speaking to the assembled media, the gaffer discussed this weekend's fixture.

He also gave a fitness update on midfielder Jack Price and said what his side needs to do to ensure they are a League One team next year.

On the past week: 

“It’s been good in the main. The season has gone quickly. I find it hard to believe in a couple of weeks it will be finished. 

“There are some really important games still left for us so there is a real focus around the place. 

“We are trying to prepare the best that we can and be ready. That is the message to the players. 

“Again a couple of results were good for us. I’ve been keeping an eye on those. 

“But near enough the last thing I said when I was coming off the training pitch today was about us doing our job. 

“If we do our job it doesn’t matter what anyone else does. 

“Saturday is the next opportunity to do that. We are at home against Wycombe who have just had the disappointment of losing a final. 

“I went to their game (against Derby) last night. I felt they did very well to shake that off. They were certainly worthy of the point they got. 

“They limited Derby – all be it they missed a couple of chances. But in the main, they limited a very good Derby team and were up for the battle and fight so we expect nothing different this weekend.” 

On whether 50 points will be enough to survive: 

“It might be lower but I think, for us, we have to have that figure in our mind. 

“If it is less and we have got 50 then we won’t worry too much about that. 

“Games are running out, we are getting nearer to the end of the season. 

“And the way results have gone, teams are perhaps going to have to do something they haven’t done all season. 

“But stranger things have happened. We have to prepare for that and, like I said, take care of ourselves.” 

On facing Wycombe on Saturday and Bolton on Tuesday: 

“Monday will be light. We’ll be out on the grass a little bit but it will be more video-based analysis of a really tough opponent in Bolton. 

“They play some really good football, they are very expansive and are scoring goals for fun. 

“They have got a tough game at the weekend against Portsmouth. 

“They have obviously got their own target to go for and they are very much in the hunt now with automatic promotion in their own hands. 

“But at this moment in time, for us, the focus is very much on Wycombe."

On any fresh injury concerns: 

“There is nothing new. Jack Price is still feeling it. He didn’t train today but he will train tomorrow. 

“Then it will be a case of how he feels during training and how he feels afterward as to whether we’ll see him on the team sheet on Saturday. 

“He has had a little bit of damage to his calf so naturally it’s taken a bit of time. 

“We knew he wouldn’t train at the start of the week and it would be touch and go whether he’s involved. 

“That’s the situation we find ourselves in.” 

On Tom Flanagan’s return injury: 

“I think with his experience, Tom has managed fine. 

“His style of play, the position he plays, we’re not silly in that we are asking him to sprint all over the place. 

“He uses his football knowledge to try and limit that and his reading of the game. 

“He has been fine. He seems to have coped. His experience gets him through training and gets him through games. 

“I haven’t asked him how he is feeling but I am pretty sure that he is used to it. He is very much focused on the games.” 

On George Nurse’s recovery: 

“He is good. We’ve got to a point now where he is out on the grass. 

“I’ve seen him this morning crossing balls and he’s joined in the odd thing with the group. 

“There is no plan for him to be in a Shrewsbury Town shirt this season – I think that would be too early and pushing it. 

“We want to try and make sure, as much as you can at least, that he is as robust as possible and as fit as possible for when that time comes along. 

“But the fact he is on the grass, is doing a lot more football movements and is striking a ball – that is big for him, he can certainly see the finish line.” 

On Wycombe: 

“We have got to try and take advantage of the fact they have played on Sunday and Wednesday. 

“But what I would say, though, when we have done our analysis – when I saw the game Sunday, I looked at the team sheet and I spotted three or four players straight away who weren’t involved. 

“It was the same last night. They made quite a few changes. 

“It wouldn’t surprise me again if Matt (Bloomfield) freshens it up again this weekend. 

“So it will probably be hard to predict the team because they have got a lot of players to choose from. 

“I think that is something that maybe gets lost. They made the Championship and they used some of that money at least to have a bigger squad and a better squad. 

“They have got some really good players. 

“I think they have had a pretty good season. They are very hard to play against. That is not a slight on them – it's a compliment. 

“A lot of people say they make it really hard to play against them. 

“If I’m hearing that and I’m their manager – I'd like people to say that about us. 

“I think that has happened sometimes but at other times that’s not been the case. 

“They have mixed their recruitment up in terms of they have signed a couple of players from non-league, a couple of those have broken into the first team. 

“But they have also signed some experienced campaigners at this level.”

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