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Forest Green Reaction

4 March 2016

Paul Hurst looks back on the 1-0 win at the New Lawn

TOWN boss Paul Hurst was delighted with the 1-0 victory at Forest Green on Saturday night, and praised the organisation of his side.


A late goal from Craig Disley saw the Mariners become only the third side all season to pick up three points at the New Lawn, and Hurst was naturally pleased with how things went.


Speaking after the game, he said: ''I kinda used your words from the last interview with us conceding, you're obviously aware of the defeats but conceding early.


''We talked about that without being too defensive but we talked about having a shape to us.


''I think Jon Nolan was quieter in terms of his play but in terms of keeping the centre of the pitch, I and dong a job, I think that was a performance that was required and he did that well.''


Irish striker Pat Hoban made his debut in the game, putting in a workmanlike performance and having a couple of good chances. Overall, Hurst was pleased with his display.


'''I think he did well, said Hurst.


''There's obviously a bit of rustiness there but he was certainly a willing worker and that's all I ever ask of the strikers.


''He ran the channels, made the defenders work and had a great effort first half before another one where he turned in the box but was getting pulled slightly and couldn't get it on target, but overall, he can be pleased with his night's work.


Hurst was also full of praise for the the 350 plus fans that made the long trip down to Gloucestershire on a Friday night, stating that it was a victory for them too.


''I came out for an interview and they were non-stop.


''It's nice to reward them because as you said, it would've been very to have stayed in front of a TV, a cold night as well or listened to the radio.


''It's a reward for those that follow us as well and we do genuinely thank them.''


The win means Town are 13 points behind the second placed Villagers with three games in hand, and 14 points behind leaders Cheltenham with two in hand heading into their fixture on Saturday, but Hurst was quick to play down any talk of a reignited title challenge.


He said: ''It's still a big ask, I said beforehand that its two teams that we've got to catch and they haven't got to play each other either.


''But all we can do is keep winning and I know certain people don't like hearing it but look at the play-offs and the runs people are putting together.


''We've got to get as many points as we can and that starts again, we'll enjoy the victory and rest up now ready for Southport on Tuesday.


Click here to listen to the full post match press conference..

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