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Hurst: We Didn't Do The Basics Well Enough

30 January 2016

Paul Hurst has admitted that Town weren't good enough in their defeat to Gateshead on Saturday afternoon, and he will now be looking for an immediate response from his players.

An early goal from Heed striker Danny Johnson was the difference between the two sides, as the Mariners went down to their first National League in nine games in front of a terrific 1,000 plus Town away following at the Gateshead International Stadium and speaking after after the game, the Town boss said that the players didn't do the basics well enough on the day.

Asked for his thoughts on the game, Hurst said: ''It was what I expected with really blustery conditions in an open stadium and was very scrappy really but the first half performance cost us really today. We didn't start well enough and didn't do the basics well enough first half.

''Second half, they were always gonna be have their moments but in general I thought we were better.

''In all honesty, it wasn't a big ask to be better and we probably could've got an equaliser at some point but it didn't quite seem to drop so I'm obviously disappointed.

''At half time, you can go in there and perhaps try and help them tactically or technically but I kinda felt naive doing that today because weren't good enough at the basic principles of football.''

Town made two changes to the team that beat Altrincham last weekend for the game, with Danny East taking the place of the injured Gregor Robertson at left-back and Jon Nolan coming in to make his full debut for the club in the centre of midfield.

Hurst revealed that an injury to Shaun Pearson prior to the game made the decision to bring East in an easier one, whilst he was also pleased with Nolan's performance as the game wore on.

He said: ''I don't think Craig (Clay) has been quite as good as what he can be recently, he took a knock to his knee which he's felt in training this week.

''I'm not gonna finger the blame at Jon (Nolan) for the first half, he's coming into a team that should helping him settle in.

''In the second half he grabbed the ball, drove us forward and was our best player on the day.

One particular concern for everyone with the club will have been top scorer Padraig Amond being forced off at half-time due to injury, but Hurst was quick to reassure the fans that it isn't anything serious.

''It's just a dead leg, a sore one and after half time he was gonna really struggle to get going again,'' said Hurst.

''I certainly hope he won't be out for long and realistically, I'd expect him to be training next week.''

The game did perhaps show the lack of numbers in the current Town squad, with the departures of Scott Brown and Jack Mackreth earlier in the week meaning that the side were down to their bare bones today, and it is something that the Town boss is still looking to address.

''We were down to our last sixteen players, a couple of lads have obviously left the club this week and we're trying to work on bringing ones in,'' said the Town boss.

''I think the ones that left sort of had it in their mind that they were gonna leave the football club, I didn't feel their heads were still on getting back into the team and I thought we were fighting a losing a battle, so the group is certainly a small squad.

''Permanently, it will be difficult but whether it be till the end of the season on loan, which might be a possibility, there's no doubt that the players need some help, whether it's to go into the team or to be a part of the squad.

''All I will say is we've been on a fantastic run and of course there's disappointment today but we need to dust ourselves down and see if we can go on another run like we did after our previous defeat in the league.''

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