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Pre-Carlisle | Paul Hurst

14 March 2024

Interviews

Pre-Carlisle | Paul Hurst

14 March 2024

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

Town welcome Paul Simpson's side to the Croud Meadow this weekend just a few days after taking on Exeter. 

A controversial red card for Jordan Shipley - which arrived in just the sixth minute - played a key part in Salop going on to lose 3-0 against the Grecians.

Speaking to the assembled media, Paul confirmed we have appealed the dismissal and are currently waiting to hear back from the EFL as to whether Jordan will be available this Saturday.

The boss also discussed the arrival of Jack Price, who signed a short-term deal with the club earlier this week.

And Paul also said how proud everyone at the club is to be supporting our armed forces this weekend - with the Carlisle match our designated Military Matchday.

On Military Matchday: 

“I know, first and foremost, it’s very important to the chairman. 

“He was very keen, when I first came to the football club, to tell me about the day. 

“He has pictures up in his office and memorabilia. I know he is very proud to support the local military. 

“And it’s something I also think is really important.  

“The work they do is so important, and I think a lot of it goes unseen. 

“I have visited RAF Shawbury myself and I know it’s a big day on the calendar. 

“I think it’s the 10th season that we are into now.  

“I believe there are around 500 military people who will be here with tickets so I’m hoping they can give us that extra little bit of support. 

“It’s great to have them at the football club.” 

On facing Carlise just a few days after taking on Exeter: 

“It is a quick turnaround. But while it was a defeat the other night, I think it’s an easier one to move to one side because of the circumstances of the evening. 

“Ultimately, we can’t change that. What we can influence is the game on Saturday. 

“Hopefully, we will keep 11 players on the pitch and not have some dubious decisions go against us.” 

On whether we’ve appealed the red card: 

“Yes, we have done. We looked at it. Obviously, you get emotional on the evening. 

“You have your first thought and I think the images backed up what I thought and saw.  

“I think it was a strong tackle, that I believe should still be in the game and I want to be in the game, I think the fans do as well. 

"It's just the coming together afterward. I don't think there's any malice on either player’s part. 

“Unfortunately, Ryan Woods felt an injury, I think that and possibly the players' reaction maybe influenced the referee, I would suggest. 

"Jordan looked to get up initially, perhaps that clouded the judgement? I'm not sure.  

“But who knows when you appeal? I've seen lots of these decisions, sometimes the outcome is what you think it should be and other times they still stick with their decision.” 

On when we will find out if Jordan is available: 

"I'm not entirely sure, I know the appeal had to be lodged this afternoon. 

“It'll be good if it's pretty quick as we want to prepare for the game and know if Jordan's available.” 

On the process of an appeal: 

"You have to put in any evidence you think that backs your case. 

“That is statements, footage, the media guys have helped with that. 

“And then you try to present your best case, but then it's about what footage is uploaded on their system and what's looked at. 

“Sometimes things look different from different angles, but we believe we've got a case and that is why we have appealed.” 

On the arrival of Jack Price: 

“Jack was at the club doing his rehab (following a serious Achilles injury). 

“The club were happy to provide that and then it was a case of when was he going to get back out onto the grass. 

“He has managed to do that, he has trained for a couple of weeks now. 

“It’s the quality he has shown.  

“I don’t know him well yet, but the character that comes across – I think that could be key for us. 

“In the end, I spoke to the chairman and Micky (director of football Micky Moore) to see if we could do a deal. 

“And thankfully, we have got to that point.

"Hopefully, we can get him involved. 

“I think we have to acknowledge he has been out for a long time. 

“We have to be cautious in how we use him. But at the same time, we can’t sign him to just to wait until the last game of the season so he can have a kick-around. 

“Fingers crossed he can get involved quickly. And then it’s down to us – and Jack – to see how he is feeling and how much football we can get out of him.” 

On Jack’s style of play: 

“He is very good on the ball. Technically, he is very good. 

“That stood out straight away. That’s not being disrespectful to the group we have got, but I think his quality stood out from the first kick of the football he had. 

“Even when I was watching him doing his rehab, as soon as he started introducing ball work – how he passes the ball, you can see his technically very, very, good. 

“I think he can bring that bit of quality, a bit of creativity, to the team. 

“His career suggests he has been a very good player. The injury has obviously set him back. 

“But if he can come through that – which at the minute he is showing – then we could have an extremely good player on our hands.” 

On how everyone is after Exeter: 

“As far as I am aware, and from what I have seen today, everyone is good to go. That’s pleasing in terms of selection. 

“It’s down to me now to pick the best team. 

“I suppose one of the few positives from the other night was we managed to get some of the players some minutes that haven’t had many in recent times. 

“I’m hoping that will be beneficial to us.” 

On Carlisle: 

“I’m positive. I’m looking forward to the game, genuinely. 

“The other night was frustrating and it is another game gone where we didn’t get any points from it. 

“But at the same time, it wasn’t a 3-0 defeat like Lincoln where I was really disappointed in our levels. 

“It was more circumstance. I've watched it back and I think the lads did pretty well in terms of their discipline, delaying Exeter’s attacks. 

“The hard part was getting the other side still with 10 men because we were playing against a team that are good in possession anyway. 

“We’d spoken about that before the game anyway so it was always going to be even more difficult against that type of team. 

“I think sometimes you can come up against a team and losing that man doesn’t have as much of an impact. 

“Whereas the other night it was one of those teams you don’t want to be down to 10 men against. 

“But that’s been and gone. Now the focus is on Carlise and trying to get the three points that would make it a decent week for us on the back of the win at Port Vale.” 

On the plans after Carlise with no game next weekend: 

“I think it gives us a bit of breathing time – for players and for staff. 

“We’ve just been talking about how when it’s Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday there isn’t enough hours in the day. 

“How we perform, and the outcome on Saturday will probably influence what we do, in terms of whether the players will get a little bit of a rest. 

“I’m conscious of the time of the season we are in as well.  

“But I think as staff it gives us a chance to look at plans for moving forward to next season, looking at players and things like that. 

“Also with training sessions, maybe we can do something a little bit different rather than specifically preparing for the next opposition. 

“That will obviously be part of it. But we have probably got a week where we don’t have to worry too much about that. 

“Then we have to start thinking about two games in quick succession after the international break.”

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