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Southport Reaction

8 March 2016

TOWN boss Paul Hurst was pleased that his side managed to pick up their fourth win on the bounce in the 1-0 victory over Southport on Tuesday night.

A goal from Padraig Amond in the very first minute of the game was the difference, and while the Mariners manager admits that his team weren't perhaps at their best for the entirety of the game, he believes it was an important three points in the grand scheme of things.

Speaking after the game, he said: ''I haven't seen all the results but a couple of teams have drawn that were chasing us.

''I suppose it's a great three points on the back of Friday night and we couldn't have got off to a better start.

''I thought for the first fifteen minutes we were excellent and then fair play to Southport because they came back into it.

''I'm not sure we had too many saves from James McKeown to be thankful for but at the same time, whenever it's 1-0, you're always uncertain of the result, particularly at the end where we were playing extra injury time.

''With the free kick you fear the worst but the lads stuck strong and as you say, it's a really good three points for us.

Asked if there was any worry with the score staying 1-0 particularly as the match wore on in the second half without much quality being produced, Hurst said: ''I still think we had the better chances, Podge's header towards the end for example.

''It looked a bit nervy, I think that's the crowd were really behind the team initially and then I think there was an element of things not happening and then it gets a bit tense.

''That's human nature from players and from supporters watching because we all want to win the game and as I said, whenever it's 1-0 it can get a bit nervy.''

Shaun Pearson missed the game through illness, whilst Andy Monkhouse went off with a hamstring injury and Hurst said the central defender should hopefully be fit for the weekend but is more concerned by Monkhouse.

Asked if it was a reoccurence of the hamstring injury that meant Monkhouse needed a late fitness test against Forest Green on Friday, Hurst said: ''No it's the other one, we're trying to understand how it happened but as he was going up for the header, which was another chance where I thought it was going in, he didn't seem to get the power on the ball and he's saying it felt sore so that's certainly a concern for us

''It was in my mind to leave him out for the weekend anyway but realistically I would've thought he'll miss the next three games without being certain on anything

''(On Shaun Pearson), As always if I said come in and you're plying he'd have done that but it would've been unfair on him and unfair on the team.

''Dave Moore was ill after the Forest Green game and then it sounds like Shaun is similar where he's got a bit of a virus and while he felt a little bit better today, anything above a walk and he felt exhausted.

''It wouldn't have been the right decision, fingers crossed we get him right for the weekend so he can travel to Bognor with us.''

The Mariners now make that long trip down to Bognor Regis at the weekend in the first leg of the FA Trophy semi-final at the weekend and Hurst says he has an idea of what team he'll play with such a congested fixture schedule over the last few weeks of the season.

He said: ''I've got an idea in mind, we've got a reserve game tomorrow and quite a few players that weren't involved tonight will play so I have a look at those.

''Training wise and looking at the forecast on Thursday, I'm not sure we'll be able to train on the grass, so that'll rule a couple of players out of training, so it's not ideal t the minute.

''It's a a great game to look forward to, a break from the league and there's obviously a big prize at the end of it.''

Watch the full post match interview with Hurst below.

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