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Wrexham Reaction

26 March 2016

Paul Hurst believes that the 1-0 victory over Wrexham on Saturday afternoon was the best performance the team had put it in a while.

An early goal from Craig Disley saw Town end the Dragons' nine game unbeaten run at Blundell Park, and the Town boss explained that he thought the victory had been a big one.

Speaking after the game, he said: ''I think so (it was a big win). Going into the game that they were the form team, hadn't conceded a goal in the last 6 and we kind of managed to put that to bed pretty early.

''Overall I think its a deserved win, albeit at the end and right on the final whistle, we had a bit of a scare.

''I think they're playing for handball. I'm not sure if it was or not because I genuinely couldn't see, but I think that would've been extremely harsh on us, although Wrexham did put us under a bit more pressure second half and gave us a difficult game.

''I thought we played very well first half and  I think that's the best we've played in a long time over the 90 minutes. I said that to the players.

''Earlier in the week, I sort of gave them three days off and they reported here Thursday. Training hasn't been great in truth but when it mattered, the players produced a performance that we've been asking from them.''

Asked what he thought were the main reasons for the improved performance, Hurst explained: ''I think that it was the application and concentration from them and the hard work they put in.

''Not that they shy away from that anyway but when you play against a team like Wrexham, they knew they had to be at it.

''We spelt that out to them and how they kept the football was a lot better. It's difficult in those conditions but it showed that it can be achieved at times.''

Irish striker Pat Hoban came close to scoring his first goal for the club on a couple of occasions, once being denied by the crossbar with a header, and Hurst explained that he was pleased with Hoban's afternoon despite him not hitting the back of the net.

''I thought he did well,'' said the Town boss.

''He's had other good performances too but there is no doubt that Pat will feel better with the more games he plays.

''He was a handful and could've had a goal. He hit the crossbar and was disappointed when he came off at the end because he hadn't scored.

''I say a lot that it's about what you contribute to the team and he's contributed a hell of a lot today, as did Podge alongside him, who I asked to do a certain role first half.

''That kind of went out the window when they changed formation second half but he did a lot of defensive work and then Omar (Bogle) contributed when he came on, holding the ball up for us and holding defenders off so I'm delighted with how they've played.

Town now head to Macclesfield on Easter Monday, and with the two day gap between fixtures, Hurst admitted that while he hasn't thought about changing the team yet, he will give it some consideration.

He said: ''I did (consider changing the team) prior to the game and in the run up to it, I haven't done as yet, but I will clearly give that some consideration. 'I'll perhaps speak to one of two lads and see how they feel.

''It's nice when you have won, you'd think you'd want to play but it's whether or not the players that were on the bench today and are fresher give us the better options.

''I'll say this before we have the discussion on Monday. They'll be the right ones if we win and the wrong ones if we lose, but if there are changes then they'll be done for the right reasons.''

Paul Hurst's Post Match Press Conference.  

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