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Post-Carlisle | Paul Hurst

16 March 2024


Post-Carlisle | Paul Hurst

16 March 2024

Boss Paul Hurst chatted to the media after watching his Shrewsbury side secure a 1-0 win over Carlisle.

Dan Udoh's ninth goal of the campaign saw Town earn an important - and deserved - victory at the Croud Meadow.

Taylor Perry and Tunmise Sobowale both had good chances to make the afternoon more comfortable for Town.

For Carlisle, defender Sam Lavelle twice went close only for Marko Marosi to deny him with a couple of excellent saves.

The result was Paul's first home win since returning to the club as head coach.

Among a host of topics, the boss discussed the performance, Dan's goal and Jack Price coming off the bench to make his debut for his hometown club.

On getting his first home win since returning as Town boss: 

“It feels really good. It’s almost like rolling back time, getting a 1-0 victory. 

“I think you’ve asked me – and it’s been a fair point – about clean sheets because we haven’t had anywhere near as many as we would like. 

"I said genuinely, at Port Vale, if it is a 2-1 victory I don’t mind if we are winning games.

"But you do like to keep clean sheets as a team, and it’s been long overdue. 

“I think Marko (Marosi) has made one big save just on half-time. 

“And then, thankfully, there was a header that was straight at him. 

“Other than that, I don’t think he’s had a lot to do.

"His distribution was very good, particularly first-half when we were trying to play out. 

“And then for ourselves, we had some chances – not loads admittedly.  

“I thought we played well in little spells. Not for long enough in a perfect world. 

“But the most important thing was winning the game.  

“We could have made it a little bit easier at the end with a chance. But ultimately one goal was enough today.” 

On Dan’s goal: 

“I don’t know if me and him have got some kind of synergy going, but I said before the game I felt he would score today. 

“I said the same at Port Vale – I wish it was that easy and I’d tell him every game and he’d be on the scoresheet! 

“But it was a great finish. He is good at that. He only needs half a yard, and we did get the ball into him well at times. 

“That is something we discussed and highlighted.  

“He has got the ability to shift the ball – as he did – and it was a really good finish. 

“I’m a bit annoyed in one sense because – maybe it’s my eyes – but I wasn’t quite sure it had gone in again. 

“I was waiting to celebrate but thankfully, it did.” 

On how we saw the game out: 

“I was happy in some ways. I don’t think they made Marko work too much.  

“We had long throws into the box, a few free-kicks. They have scored a lot of goals from set-plays. 

“And they have been scoring goals recently so to keep them out was a positive. 

“I would like us to try and get on the ball a little bit more. 

“Like I said, I thought we did well in bits but not to the extent we could really take the sting out of the game. 

“We needed that bit more energy to press them higher and stop them having as much possession as they did. 

“But again, in truth, they didn’t really hurt us. 

“So overall, I was partly pleased but there is always room for improvement. 

On Aiden O’Brien and Tom Flanagan coming back into the starting XI: 

“I was happy with both. I think you could tell, to a degree, they hadn’t played in a little while. 

“I think Flanno needed a gel and Ade got a bit of cramp but they both put a shift in – particularly Aiden, and that’s nothing against Flanno, it’s just because of the work you have to do in that position. You are up and down the pitch. 

“I think Flanno had one run when he went forward and I was watching his recovery run thinking ‘come on, get back in.’ 

“But he did great on the ball at times because often the centre-back is the man who ends up spare. 

“His composure helped draw Carlisle out. I think that certainly led to Tunmise’s chance. 

“The ball into Ryan (Bowman) and then into Tunmise. Unfortunately, it was on his left foot, and he hit the keeper. 

“That would have made it a more pleasant couple of minutes. 

“But both Aiden and Tom can be pleased with their games today.” 

On Jack Price making his debut: 

“It was kind of always the plan but maybe it wasn’t perfect circumstances. 

“We were in front in the game which was nice, but he is not a defensive substitution. 

“But what he can potentially give you is more control on the ball, and I think he got involved a couple of times where we just kept it for a few more passes. 

“You don’t always have to go somewhere with the ball.  

“Down the left-hand side, we had a good bit of play with Mal (Benning), Bails (Tom Bayliss), Aiden and Jack. 

“We needed to keep the ball at times, and he helped us do that. He kept his possession on the pitch. 

“It’s a great little start and great we got the victory on the back of his debut.” 

On Jack Hinchy being absent from the squad: 

“Jack is fine. I just felt today was, in the main, a day for a bit more experience. 

“That was the reason. It’s not easy when you come in from under-21s football. 

“He has played a lot of minutes, and he will be back involved with us. I’m sure of that. 

“But today, I’m sure he’s disappointed, but knowing the type of lad he is – he will be pleased we got the result.” 

On the gap to the bottom four now being nine points: 

“It’s pleasing. Again, we have the victory and we will enjoy that. I don’t think it was a day for too many words after the game. 

“We haven’t got a game for a while now. 

“It’s not very often you get the chance to enjoy the victory, so we’ll let the lads enjoy it. 

“I’m asking Liam (our analyst) for results. Thankfully, quite a few of them have gone our way. 

“There is still work to do. It is not over. I’m not stood here thinking that’s it. 

“We have got a nice cushion, but we also know some of the fixtures we have got coming up. 

“Now we want to be competitive, and we want to take something from them. 

“But there is no getting away some of those away games – and we have picked more points away from home – but they look very difficult. 

“So that three points today was very welcome for us.” 

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