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Hurst - Must Stop Conceding Poor Goals

16 August 2016

Town boss Paul Hurst believes that the side must stop conceding poor goals, and in particular the way they are defending set plays after the 3-2 defeat at Colchester United on Tuesday night.

A nightmare first half for the Mariners saw them go 3-0 down at half time before goals from captain Craig Disley and Omar Bogle lessened the deficit in a much improved second half display, and speaking after the game, Hurst said that the team must stop giving away poor goals if they are to get results.

He said: ''You certainly can't give the first two goals away against a team that I think is growing in confidence after the win on Saturday.

''I thought we started the game fine but then gave away bad goals.

''In truth, I didn't think quite a bit of the first half was that bad. Other than one period and the goals in particular, there were things that weren't that bad.

''The first two goals are a set play and a throw in, and the third one a bit more in general play. That was the first goal we've conceded in general play so that tells a story right there.

''We need to improve at that otherwise we'll be up against it.''

Hurst also believed that the side should have had a penalty in the second half when Omar Bogle appeared to be shoved to the floor moments after Craig Disley got a goal back for the Mariners, in what could've been a pivotal time in the game.

''Some of their bench turned and looked at Dave Moore and said it was a penalty so that tells you all you need to know.

''We've had the referee before and he didn't help us out then either so nothing's changed on that one.

'' I've noted down five really good chances – not half chances – good chances, two goals and a penalty decision and at Colchester, I don't think you can expect more than that.

''When you score two goals, you've gotta be hopeful that you can get something from the game but that's obviously not the case.''

Town also suffered a somewhat turbulent journey down to Essex, with delays meaning the side had to face a longer journey than expected, as well as. However, Hurst said he won't use that as an excuse.

He said: ''I don't think that's an excuse for defending set plays so I won't use that.

''Is it ideal? Obviously not. For the lads that were on the coach from the very start, it's a nightmare journey.

''We had to make a contingency plan and get food for the players en route but that's always the risk that you have when you travel down on the day.''

Town now face two home games, beginning with Leyton Orient this Saturday as they look to get back to winning ways.

Click here to listen to Paul Hurst's post match interview. 

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