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Paul Hurst After A Crazy Night In Hampshire

5 April 2016

Although it may have happened in a crazier fashion then he would have liked, Paul Hurst was pleased to see the club pick up an important three points in the 4-3 victory over Aldershot Town on Tuesday night.

Town snatched the victory at the death when Jon Nolan's cross-come-shot looped over Shots goalkeeper Phil Smith, and after being 2-0 down at the break, it turned out to be a terrific comeback from the side.

Speaking after the game, Hurst said: ''The game lasts 95 minutes as it did tonight so obviously after the first half going in 2-0, I was concerned because at half time, I asked them some questions and they were quiet.

''I decided to make the changes and I think both lads, Andy Monkhouse and Pat (Hoban), were struggling with injuries and then it a fantastic response from the players, not only to firstly drag us back into the game but then to get past the disappointment of it going 3-3 with the second deflected goal of the night.

''I think with the first goal, Craig Disley said he's been fouled and they hit the free kick and they got themselves in front.

''Were thinking the luck is against us again but clearly there's some luck in the winning goal from Jon Nolan, Shaun Pearson on the bench said it was in as soon as he hit it and he must have good eyes because I wasn't sure but I think we've certainly earnt that though.

''We haven't had that fortune recently and what a fantastic three points and a reward for the fans that obviously weren't happy at half time as we all were if you're a Grimsby follower.

''286 fans or whatever it was is fantastic for a Tuesday evening and a great reward because it gets us three points closer to where we want to be.''

Omar Bogle made a big impact off the substitutes bench, setting up Padraig Amond's goal and then hitting the back of the net himself minutes later, and the Town boss was pleased with the striker's on the night.

He said: I've kind of been waiting for that kind of performance from him in fairness and the bit I liked was the way he set up the first goal.

''But he used his strength, he suddenly made it a lot more difficult for their defenders, put them on the back foot, pinned them in a bit more and I'm, pleased he got his goal as well because he had a previous header saved by Smith after a fantastic save.

''I think sometimes , no matter how much you get told something from your manager or other people, perhaps players need a fantastic save in a goalkeeper's case or a goal in a striker's case.

'He got his reward tonight and was a big influence on the second half.''

Asked if the attack got a defence that conceded on three occasions out of jail in the game, Hurst said: ''I suppose they did. I'm trying to think who scored and there weren't any defenders,t hough one of them was a set play.

''It's relatively unlike us in terms of goals conceded but people say they want to be entertained and they certainly had that tonight in terms of goals.

''We've had other efforts, Aldershot have as well and I'm just thankful we came out he right side with a result.''

Town now have two home games against play-off chasers Eastleigh and Braintree to look forward to, and Hurst is now hoping to build an even bigger gap between the Mariners and the chasing pack.

That's what we're trying to achieve,'' said the Town boss.

''People will have looked at half time tonight, including players and managers because we're all guilty of it, and would've thought it was a defeat for us but we've opened up a bit of gap again.

''I know Dover's won but Braintree have lost again and quite a few teams have each other still to play so I don't think we're too far away from securing a place but there's still work to be done.

''Of course, we want to try and finish as high as possible but tonight is a big step towards that.''

Click here to listen to Paul's full thoughts on the 4-3 win at The EBB Stadium.

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