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Hurst: A Hard Fought Win

27 September 2016

MANAGER Paul Hurst was pleased that Town managed to pick up another three points against Newport County at Blundell Park on Tuesday night, and believes that it was the first time there were real expectations on his side.

In similar fashion to Saturday's victory at Mansfield Town, an Omar Bogle penalty was the difference against the Exiles, with the difference being that the goal came in the closing moments of the game and speaking afterwards, the Town boss said: ''I don't mean this to be disrespectful to Newport but it just had a feel of a game from last season in the Conference where I think for the first time, there was almost an expectation that we would just win the game.

''That's not from the players but just because we've settled in okay in this league and Newport are near the bottom but it's never easy.

''I said before that I'd watched quite a few of their games and they should have got something out of the ones that I watched but when you're down there, you often find yourself falling on the wrong side of the results and again, that's something that we spoke about where you've got to keep going and then something might drop for you.''

''We got the penalty, Warren (Feeney) didn't seem too unhappy at the time, more so with his player but hand on heart, it wasn't the clearest penalty I've ever seen and I'd have to look back at it to make a decision on whether it was right or not.

''But overall, I thought we did deserve something or the win because the lads defended extremely well again against the long throws.

''I think only two of them caused real panic and the keeper's made an outstanding save from Omar (Bogle) that nine times out of ten, I think woud end up in the back of the net.'' 

Asked about Bogle being the match winner once again, with him scoring his ninth goal of the season, Hurst said: ''He'll get the headlines again and I know there's been a bit of press about him.

''It was the same as Saturday although at a more crucial time of the game, he showed great composure and it was a good penalty but he'll be the first to admit, I'm sure, that his teammates have played their part as well.''

Winger Tom Bolarinwa won the penalty and made an impact after coming on, and Hurst was also pleased with the effect that his substitutions had on the night.

He said: ''He did (have an impact) and sometimes as a manager things go for you when you make your subs.

''I was half tempted to play Tom tonight in truth but didn't do that. I just thought the way that Newport had set up and his direct opponent, I thought it might be a good possibility for him.

''He had a couple of good moments where he probably just needs to drop down a gear but he certainly had a contribution when he came on and Tuts (Shaun Tuton) has held the ball up for us at times at the end too and chased and harried and as I said, that's what we need.

''It's not just about the eleven that start, it's about the whole team and the whole squad that'll get us our goals.''

The victory takes Town up to 6th in League Two, and the Mariners now face their second straight home game when they welcome Hartlepool United to Blundell Park on Saturday afternoon.

Watch Paul Hurst's full post-match press conference below.

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