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Chester Reaction

23 April 2016

Paul Hurst is pleased that Town are over the line and in the National League play-offs, although he acknowledges that the 2-1 defeat to Chester at Blundell Park on Saturday afternoon wasn't the perfect way to achieve it.

Speaking after the game and asked how he felt about the team confirming their place, the Town boss said: ''That's a caveat to today and the game.

''I'm pleased with that but I would've much rather it been us winning today or getting at least a point to make it that we've done that ourselves.

''As it was, we've had to rely on other results but ultimately it doesn't really matter too much, its about making sure that we're in there and we've done that.

''Now we look forward to it when it comes around and try to be more successful than we have been in previous years.''

After having plenty of chances against Chester in the first half, a poor second half display from the Mariners saw the visitors go 2-0 up through goals from John Rooney and Ryan Astles before Craig Disley reduced the defecit late on, and Hurst admits there were things that could've been done better.

''In the first half, there were things that I thought we could've done better,'' said the Town boss.

''We could've moved the ball a little bit quicker but at the same time we create enough chances but didn't get a goal.

''At half time it was about giving one or two individuals some messages but for the team, it was more about passing the ball and I must've spoken Chinese because we decided to play the ball longer, which when you've got the wind like we did, the ball just runs away which it did on a few occasions.

''I'm disappointed with how we started the second half, we find ourselves a goal behind through a set play you're always disappointed with that.

''We got one back, thought another chance was coming but it didn't quite materialise. In terms of the equaliser Podge had a chance and it was the opposite of the highs of the other night really because he missed a hat-trick of chances.

''But that's the life of a striker so it wasn't to be today and second half, certainly, we expect better as a group.

''I'm just thankful that due to other results we're in there.''

Hurst sees the play-offs, which start after the final league game of the season at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, as a fresh start and hopes that everyone can pull together ahead of an important period.

He said: ''The goal is to try and win promotion, we've given ourselves the next best opportunity after not finishing top spot so I'd like to think we're all together.

''There was some frustration today but realistically, there was probably a bit of tiredness from the last two away trips as well.

''I'm not making excuses for them, it looked like they ran out of ideas in the second half but that was maybe through a lack of energy because that affects the decisions you make so yeah, we've gotta stay together.

''It can be a real positive when the fans are behind the team and hopefully that'll be the case.''

Watch the full post-match interview below.

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