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Post Derby | Paul Hurst

10 February 2024


Post Derby | Paul Hurst

10 February 2024

Boss Paul Hurst chatted to the media after watching his Shrewsbury side pick up a deserved point at Derby.

In what was an even game throughout, the goals arrived in the second half with Max Bird putting the hosts ahead from a corner.

Town, though, went on to grab what was a deserved point when - following outstanding work from Mal Benning - Aaron Pierre calmly swept the ball home for his first Salop goal in three years.

Speaking to the assembled media, Hurst discussed the game, Aaron's goal and praised the performance of midfielder Jack Hinchy who made his first Town start since arriving on loan from Brighton. 

On the game:

"Stood here now I'm pleased with a point, I think we would have taken that before the game.

"Albeit - and I am not just saying this - genuinely the message when we came here was to try and win - not just to take a point or hang on.

"From what I have seen statistics-wise and the feeling I had, I do not think they caused us too many problems. I thought we caused them nearly enough as many.

"But when we fell behind, you are concerned in terms of how the rest of the game would pan out.

"But it seemed to actually spark us into wanting to play more and that is a frustration but pleasing as well.

"It's hard to say for definite 'is that a great response from us, or was that them taking a backward step because they had got themselves in front?

"But we started to pass the ball more and had a spell for a little while where it was good.

"I still think there has got to be more belief from our players at times, but even first half I thought we had a couple of bits of play where the lads showed confidence to get on the ball and play.

"There were a couple of decent moves without creating that clear-cut chance, albeit we had a couple of efforts at goal.

"But I think overall we have as many attempts, maybe one less attempt overall, and had as many on target, which is pleasing.

"Right at death they hit the bar. I think there was a foul but we weren't going to get it.

"And overall, with the effort, we deserved that point."

On the frustration at conceding from a corner:

"For how good a team Derby are in general and the players they have I think we did limit them quite considerably.
"And the goal, if that had turned out to be the winning goal, it would have been extremely hard to take and annoying because it was basic.
"It is not something they have worked on, I believe. It's soft - that's probably the best way to describe it.
"Marko nearly saved it. He couldn't quite keep it out.
"But from a delivery that was not great, Bird has got in front of his man and scored so it was frustrating on that side but it was a good response from the players."
On Pierre's late equaliser: 
"Mal has had a couple of runs. He had one in the first half following some really good combination play with Shipz (Jordan Shipley).
"He had another one there. It just needed that composure and he (Pierre) did it.
"I said to Aaron after 'what are you doing?' If he's going to score it's usually a header! But I think we deserved that. 
"You look at other results and there is a hell of a way to go. I'm not going to deny I look at the scores. I think some managers pretend they don't look. 
"Some things haven't gone for us but I'm sure they'll look at our result and will have expected Derby to win the game.
"It was great to see the following the fans. It was a great away following.
"It was great to give them something to shout about. I think they wanted me to celebrate but I kind of said 'we've drawn.'
"As much as I think it's a good point and we go home happy, we will celebrate wins a bit more than a point.
"There is not much time to recover. We've got a few knocks it looks like. We will assess them and see if they are ready for Tuesday.
"We have got Tom Bloxham coming back from his suspension. But it will be another tough game against an in-form team."
On Tunmise Sobowale who came off with a knock: 
"T is a hard one I think where he has come from - and I mean that respectfully - he is also probably playing a different position.
"I know he has played there before I came in.
"I almost feel like I could do with him on a remote control to get him in the positions I want him. 
"But what he did offer at times was a threat going forward. He got us up the pitch at times.
"There are other times when, what hair I've got I'm thinking about pulling it out, because he's not quite in the right position.
"He's not doing it intentionally. We will keep working, keep working with him.
"He's not on his own, far from it. But in terms of getting in those good areas that will make us more solid, and harder to play through (that's what he needs to work on).
"But Overall, we did that quite well today."
On Jack Hinchy making his first Town start:
"Yeah, I was happy. He competed. It will be a different game on Tuesday.
"But when we started to have more of the ball, he was integral to that.
"He started to get on the ball and pass it. He hit a couple of longer passes as well.
"He took a dead leg in the first half. He was struggling a little bit. That's why he came off, it was nothing performance-related.
"Again, he is another one we will have to look at and see how he is for Tuesday."

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