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Eastleigh Reaction

9 April 2016

Paul Hurst isn't concerned that Town were unable to convert chances into goals in the goalless draw with Eastleigh at Blundell Park on Saturday afternoon, and believes there are plenty of positives to take from the performance.

Town tested Spitfires goalkeeper Ross Flitney on a number of occasions, but he produced a string of important saves to keep a clean sheet on the day, and although Eastleigh were reduced to ten men after Josh Payne was sent off just before the hour mark and the players were unable to capitalise on that, Hurst was pleased with the way the side played for the most part.

Asked what stopped his side from walking away with all three points after the game, the Town boss said: ''I think some good goalkeeping, though I'm not sure about the one with Podge (Amond).

''There's a few decisions that I'd have to look at again, Podge believes the keeper saved it and then brought him down, I was just watching the ball hoping it would roll into the goal.

As I said, there were some good saves and just on our part, my only criticism is that we needed to make the pitch a bit bigger at times and keep our wide players wide.

''I think they wanted to get involved in the game and their desire to get the win meant that they just put the ball in a bit too deep at times but overall, I was really happy with the perfomance.

''You can see at the end that even though they're the ones that went down to ten men, the lads are out on their feet at the minute.

''We're having to really demand them to dig deep and give everything, which they're doing and unfortunately we didn't come away with the three points today but I feel a good performance if you look at who we were playing as well.

''We were just unfortunate that we couldn't quite get that goal.''

Hurst also admitted that he would like to see the decision that led to Payne's sending off again, and also thinks the side struggled to adjust to playing against ten men in the period following the decision.

He said: ''It's a very strong tackle, but personally I love tackling and it's probably to do with the angle that he's gone in.

''He's running straight onto the ball and Richard's come across and it wasn't a massive surprise to me because of how referees make decisions now but at the same time, I'm not convinced that it was.

''If anything, it might seem a bit strange, but for the first ten minutes or so, it kinda knocked us a bit as well.

''We played a little too slowly in that period then I thought we got to grips with it more so yeah, I don't know if its a little bit harsh but I'd probably have to look at it again to give a definitive answer.

Town made two changes to the team that beat Aldershot on Tuesday night, with Omar Bogle and Jordan Stewart being rewarded for their part in the win with a start, with the latter making his full debut for the club and Hurst was pleased with the youngster's display.

''I think Jordan did well,'' said Hurst.

''He played a couple of clever balls and showed some ability but I'm also pleased with the defensive side that he gave us which going into the game.

''If you look at the line-up with two out and out wingers, an attakcing midfielder in Nolo (Jon Nolan), Dis (Craig Disley) sort of had to reign it in a bit to keep that shape and then of course there were two centre forwards.

''When I saw their team, which wasn't a surprise in truth, they had a lot of more central midfield players and it was a concern that we might get a bit overrun in that area.

''But I thought he tucked in, did his defensive duties and gave us something going forward as well.

''A lot of the lads played well to be honest. When you see it and you're playing against ten men for quite a lot the second half, I think its very easy to go away frustrated and disappointed but I'm genuinely not feeling that way.

''There were a lot of positives today - the clean sheet was important on the back of conceding the goals we had done, which I said was unlike us and that's not from being set out defensively either.

''I think we had one moment where the referee decided that it wasn't a foul on Toto and Macca (James McKeown) had to be alert and maybe one other save of any real note but you know, it's a decent point for us.''

Watch the full post-match press conference below.

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