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Morecambe Reaction - Hurst Delighted With Winning Start

6 August 2016

Paul Hurst is delighted to have kicked off the club's return to the Football League with a win in the 2-0 victory against Morecambe, and believes that the victory takes a bit of pressure off of the players backs. 

A bumper crowd of 6,004 saw an early goal from loanee Kayden Jackson and a terrific second half free-kick from defender Ben Davies result in the club begin their campaign with a win, and Hurst 

Speaking after the game, he said: ''It feels good and I have to say it was a fantastic atmosphere in the ground today. Even before kick-off, we could hear that when we came out and were able to get a feel for it.

''A lot was made of today and the fear is that it does't quite go to plan but I thought the lads were excellent being backed by that support.

''Going down to ten men made it that bit more difficult but it was almost one of those days that was meant to be and was well deserved.

''It's only a start but it gets us off to a winning start and three points towards a total that we're trying to achieve.''

Hurst added:'' We had one cleared off the line, I thought Kayden caused problems all afternoon with his movement,pace and willingness to run.

''That's something we spoke about because it's alright having in the team but you've got to give him something to feed off and I thought the lads understood that.

''No matter what happens, I think these lads are a more intelligent group in terms of understanding their game.They gave a bit more than perhaps what the previous lot of lads had done. 

''No disrespect meant to them but we've got some players that have Football League experience and that shows at times.

'' Like you say, a great start, a great start for Kayden in terms of competitive  games of his loan spell. I think he settled everyone down realistically and certainly gave the crowd something to shout about early.''

Asked if he had any priorconcerns about the amount of new players, of which nine started today, gelling at the start of the seson, Hurst said:' I'ts always the case when you start a season, I think and that's 

whether its a team you worked with or not. There's always that fear that things might not go to plan.

''We experienced that last season when we won every pre-season game, some against opponents we clearly shouldn't be beating but then went to Kidderminster and didn't get the win against a side that we later found out were struggling so that wasn't a ideal result.

''People kept telling me today that they were ideal opponents but I still don't buy into that and its totally disrespectful to Morecambe.

''They've got some good players, which managed to keep quiet for the most part and so we'll see how the season pans out.''

Hurst was also quick to praise the atmosphere at Blundell Park today and hopes that today's performance will see people carry coming to watch the team in action.

He said:''We mentioned to the players afterwards that at the minute everyone's right on side and we'd like to maintain that for as long as possible.

''People keep telling me to try and enjoy this season and I have, no doubt about that, but its hard to do that if things aren't going your way and the fans are the same. We're all a lot happier when we're winning games.

''That's something we're used to, there's a step up in class and there  is still a change in quality and we know that there are gonna be a lot of tough tasks along the way.

''But as long as I see the commitment and effort from the players, which should be a minimum anyway and we saw today, we can be happy, proud of the team and hopefully we'll be okay this year.''

Watch Paul Hurst's full post-match press conference below.

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