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Hurst: Not Enough Quality But Effort Was There

13 February 2016

Paul Hurst was frustrated with the 0-0 draw against Boreham Wood on Saturday afternoon but says that he couldn't fault the player's effort in difficult conditions despite things not going as planned.

In a game that was very much short on quality and clear cut chances, Town were unable to break down a resolute the Wood defence but Hurst explained that he can only say so much when he sees that the players are giving their all.

The Town boss said: ''I'm obviously frustrated, you're playing Boreham Wood and before the game you're hopeful that its gonna be an opportunity to get three points at home.

''It doesn't matter who we play, we always think that but credit to them, they came and worked extremely hard. Conditions were extremely hard, I think most people could see that though there was some that couldn't and it looked hard work for the lads out there.

''But the important thing from my point of view is that we didn't lose the game, we kept a clean sheet, would've liked to have won it but I saw effort and whenever I'm getting that, I'll certainly back the players after what has still been a fantastic run of results.

Hurst believed that Town were the only side looking to press on and win the game for the most part, but was disappointed with the lack of chances that were created on the day.

He said: ''I think first half it was the final ball in more often than not that let us down.

''There were times we managed to get the ball down and play particularly on the right hand side of but I think we only put one decent ball in to go and attack.

Second half, it was difficult the other way again, when the ball was played forward it was coming with so much pace it was difficult to get ahold of and went out of play.

''We were the ones realistically knocking on the door without creating too many chances, their keepers made one good save from Evan Horwood but Omar Bogle was flagged offside with the rebound and there was a fantastic tackle at the end from Dis (Craig Disley) when they were trying to nick it.''

In one of perhaps few talking points from the game, captain Craig Disley received his tenth booking of the season, which means he will now receive a two game ban and Hurst says that while it is a blow, the team will have to cope without him.

''It's never a booking but I think that's what you get when people don't quite understand the game properly.

''He's tried to hook the ball away as he turns and because the lad's small he gets kicked in the head. It's a foul but no more than that.

''We knew that would realistically come because he was never gonna get that long without being booked so we'll have to make do without our captain for the next couple of games.

Asked if he is writing off automatic promotion after Cheltenham and Forest Green extended their lead over the side, Hurst said: ''It's a big ask, particularly with how they're going, from my point of view, the idea is to try and get promoted and if that's the play-offs then that's what it is.

''With the exception of Forest Green and Cheltenham everyone else would swap positions with us in the league, so it's far from gloomy times.

''We've got a team that's extremely hard to beat, some vey good players and they'll always get my support if they give everything for the shirt.

''I don't think people understand how difficult it is to play in conditions like that, its not like the Premier League where the stadium is protected and the pitches are great, so we have to remain solid when things aren't going as we'd like.''

New signing Anthony Straker came into the side to make his first appearance after signing until the end of the season and speaking about him, Hurst said: He's capable of playing numerous positions and played two for me today.

''The main one, on the left side, is one that he didn't play but he's got good experience, Chris Doig knew him a little and showed a willingness to come in and train with us.

''I think he was wrongly identified as a different player in some quarters so that was amusing but he was keen to join us. He had a couple of other options but wants to be part of the club that are fighting at the right end of the league so we look forward to working with him.''

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