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Hurst - A Frustrating Afternoon

20 August 2016

TOWN boss Paul Hurst admits that the 2-1 defeat to Leyton Orient at Blundell Park on Saturday was another frustrating afternoon for his men.

After seeing his side dominate the first hour without being able to convert chances into goals, the Mariners made two errors that led to Liam Kelly and former Town man Ollie Palmer scoring second goals for Orient before Dominic Vose pulled one back in the final stages that proved to be too little too late.

Speaking after the game, Hurst said: ''It was another frustrating afternoon, almost like Groundhog Day a little bit.

''Parts of it remind me of last season in terms of us going 10 games without keeping a clean sheet then, and I know we've done that once this season but last year we were conceding goals that we said were more down to individual errors than anything blatantly wrong collectively and that's certainly the case today.

''We were absolutely on top of the game, I counted six good chances first half, two penalty shouts and then second half I think I've got down another six chances - a couple of them really good - and I think they've probably had something that was dangerous across the box that led to a corner, a header from a corner, the goals and obviously a few situations where we've played it well and got them offside.

''I keep saying you get what you deserve eventually but at the minute, that doesn't seem to be the case but at the same time, we've got to help ourselves a little bit.''

''We've moved up a level, not gone down a level so it's gonna be tougher but if we give any team goals like that, you're making it extremely difficult for ourselves. We got our reward in terms of being in the scoresheet but again, just a little too late to force a grandstand finish.''

The Town boss was also particularly frustrated with two penalties that weren't given, saying: ''I've just said that they're two penalties for me.

''The first one I don't get because I'm being told there is contact but not good enough so I don't quite understand that and the one on Omar, and I obvioously sitting up in the stands, or me it was a perfect view and Hunt's gone down the back of Omar's le.g I think it's one of those that if we're on Sky, we have numerous replays and decide that it's a penalty.

''Having not been given the first one, you often feel like you're gonna get something but we didn't.

''They're trying to slow the game down and Ashley Chambers gets the ball off them and it's a booking. I think there were three or four occasions where I'm asking the fourth official why their players weren't being booked. The keeper comes out of his area and he says that he didn't mean to do it, so I don't really get it.

''But these are things that I'm much happier to speak about when you've won a game because it ends up sounding sour grapes and that's not the case.''

Asked if there was any progress on bringing in reinforcements and whether the search will speed up as a result of today, the manager said: ''The only way that it'll be speeded up is that each day the window goes by, its getting closer to closing.

''What we have now is a free week, which will be nice in some respects albeit when you've lost a game you wanna get back out there and try and put things right but it just gives us a bit more time for preparation on the training ground.

''But I don't feel for one minute that we've been outplayed in the games so far. That's a positive and at the same time, I'm sure there will be some where we are at a stage because throughout the season that happens so that's the ony flip side to it that we haven't but we've only picked up three points.

''As it stands we've beaten the league leaders - albeit it's an early table - and with all due respect to Morecambe, I don't think anyone would've thought they'd go on and win the next four games so we dust ourselves down and we go again.'' 

Watch the full post-match press conference below.


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