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Hurst Pleased To Get Back To Winning Ways

23 February 2016

Paul Hurst was pleased to get back to winning ways in the 3-1 victory over Woking on Tuesday night, and believes that it was vital that the team managed to get three points.

First half goals from strikers Jon-Paul Pittman and Padraig Amond (2) saw Town pick up their first win in three league games, and the Town manager explained that he was pleased with how the side went about things against a Woking side that they will host again on Saturday in the FA Trophy.

Speaking after the game and asked if he believed everyone would be happy following the result, he said: ''I hope so - three goals that I thought were good play and we've had a goal disallowed which you've just told me was done so wrongly. I wasn't sure at the time but thought it was tight and then we've had another couple cleared off the line.

''It was important for a couple of reasons, obviously after the result on Saturday and I think also looking at the other results tonight.

''It gives us that bit of a cushion at the minute as there are a lot of teams still interested in the play-offs and getting results.

''You've got Wrexham picking up a bit of momentum now, Braintree doing extremely well again, Dover and Tranmere who haven't played and Gateshead got a great point at Cheltenham with the way they've been going too, so there's still a lot of football to go but that was important for us.

Town went 1-0 up after only four minutes through Padraig Amond, which was an ideal start, but the Town boss felt that it took time for his players to get to grip to the game after that, with Woking scoring an equaliser before the Mariners opened up a two goal cushion with goals shortly before half time.

He said: ''I thought it was a slightly nervy display, which didn't surprise me at all after the display on Saturday and some of the reaction to the defeat but it was a quiet evening here so I thought the players responded extremely well.

''We went 1-0 up and it's an ideal start for us on the back of Saturday in particular, you hope that that will settle a few nerves. They had the extra man in midfield and at times used that quite well without creating too much but certainly had the ball in our half and we were struggling to get out.

''Nerves started to kick in slightly with one or two stray passes and clearances, their goal could've really knocked the players but it was a great response and wasn't long until we got back in front. 

''The second half seemed to be quite comfortable, they had a long effort from Sole but Macca was in control of that, a header over the bar that was never threatening and one great header from Richard Tait defensively to stop an attempt.''

Town now look to the second game against Woking in the FA Trophy Quarter Finals at the weekend, and Hurst is expecting perhaps a tougher test against Gary Hill's men at the weekend.

''I've just said to Gary (Hill) coming off that I know it'll be a completely different team for them on Saturday, I think they're looking at that Trophy game as a priority and a big opportunity.

Asked if they where will be any changes from him on Saturday, Hurst said: ''I'll give that some thought, the Aldershot game getting changed makes things a little bit easier in terms of build up to the Forest Green game, I'm really happy that has been moved and said from the start that I don't think it's really fair so thankfully that has been moved now.

''The next one is Saturday and a quarter final, we have to remember that but at the same time, if I think it's right to then I might make changes but I wasn't looking ahead of tonight in truth - it was important we were fully focused this evening.''

Watch the full post match interview with Hurst below.

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