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Hurst Disappointed After Trophy Exit

5 October 2016

TOWN boss Paul Hurst was disappointed after seeing his side exit the Checkatrade Trophy at the first hurdle.

Firstly he was asked about James McKeown's 16th minute dismissal. 

"Does it have to be a sending off?

"I'm not sure, and I haven't seen it back. At the time it didn't look like the Leicester players were too close to Macca.

"I've been told it was outside the box, and I don't know if it's just the ruling.

"For me, there was a reason for him being sent-off, but it spoilt the game a little bit.

"With the competition, there is an element of giving the Under-23s a learning curve, but rules are rules I guess.

"It might have been better for their development if it had stayed 11v11."

But the Town boss was full of praise for his stand in keeper Shaun Pearson. 

He said: “No blame is attached to Shaun, he did quite well when he went in there. All be it, it was quiet but I am sure he will remember the saves that he did have to make.”

“Overall I think the players can be happy with their performance I'm just slightly disappointed for them, I thought at least their efforts deserved to take them to penalties. I've just said in there, I would have backed Shaun to save one.”

Watch the post match press conference.

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