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Hurst: A Terrific Three Points

10 September 2016

BOSS Paul Hurst was delighted with the 2-1 victory at Luton Town on Saturday afternoon, as the Mariners picked up their first away win of the season at Kenilworth Road.

Two goals from Omar Bogle either side of a Stephen Rea equaliser for the home side were the difference on the day, as the Mariners beat a Luton side that were top of the table going into the afternoon's fixtures and had scored more goals than any other side in League Two at that point.

Speaking after the game and asked if he felt the win was deserved, Hurst said: ''I think so. We obviously weathered some pressure second half but you're gonna get that against a team like Luton who were top of the league and leading goalscorers going into it.

''The table's very early but I'm almost convinced, whether it's top or not, that they'll be up there come the end of the season, so it's a fantastic win for the players and as you say, I think we deserved it and from my point of view with a few decisions going against us, and I was gonna mention that week but it kinda slipped me my mind

''So today, we tackle anybody and seem to give away double the amount of free kicks and I feel like we're not having decisions go for us to be honest.''

The Town boss also believed the player's dealt with the pressure from the opposition today, stating:''We did that well today but what I will say is that sometimes you play a game and there's very little to pick out from the opposition.

''With Luton, there's a certain way they play and lot of thought has gone into it and a lot of footage has been watched.

''We worked on it Thursday and I thought the whole squad, not just the lads that took to the field today, were excellent in their approach to that and it made it a realistic exercise, got the points across and I think made it harder to Luton to get into their rhythm today.

''There's an element of us having to play to our strengths as well. I watched another team near enough match them up and I think that can sometimes be dangerous because if that's their system, they're very good at it then you're trying to take them on at their own game.

''So, I didn't wanna take them down the route, stuck to what we thought could cause them problems, and defensively we had a shape to us and did well.''

The Town boss was also believed with Omar Bogle's performance contribution again, with the striker in red hot form at this moment in time, and his goals today taking his tally to 7 goals so far this campaign.

He stated: ''Credit to him, we just chatted there and I thought the front two started the game pretty early but had a bit of a wake up call and once he got his game going, he was very strong, sort of shrugged people off him (within the laws of the game, I have to say) but the goals coming are a bonus for him at the minute and Kayden (Jackson) has also done well for his second and what proved to be the winning goal.''

The win means Town have picked up seven points from their last three games after beating Stevenage at Blundell Park before a draw at Notts County last weekend, although Hurst says that the team have to make sure they don't get carried away.

He said: '' What I would say is that its still extremely early, I'm not gonna get too carried away but I did say to the players last week that despite being pegged back, it was a real step forward and I thought parts of the performance were excellent.

''We've done that again today at one of the hardest places we'll come to but and it's a big but, we have to be absolutely to our limits week in, week out to have any chance of being at the top end of the table.''

Watch Paul's post match interview on Mariners PlayerHD. 

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