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Hurst: A Well Earned Three Points

24 September 2016

BOSS Paul Hurst was pleased with the 1-0 win at Mansfield Town on Saturday afternoon, and believes it was another victory at a place that is difficult to go to.

Speaking after the game, the Town boss said: ''We've definitely played better this season and it's been a bit of a long time coming that 1-0 victory but it's not an easy place to come to and we were against a team that will certainly have play-off ambitions as a minimum so it a great three points for us.''

Omar Bogle's penalty was the difference on the day, and Hurst believes that the awarding of the spot kick was definitely the right decision, saying: ''I think the argument is that there were some claims forr offside.

''I'm not going to make a claim about that but it's one-hundred-percent a penalty and if people are gonna dispute that then I think they've got very biased hats on.

''But Omar kept his composure well, tucked it away and it was a good start to the game for us.''

The game was one of few chances, with neither side testing the goalkeeper often, and Hurst believes that the way the team defended played a big part in the victory.

''It was maybe lacking a bit of quality at times, I thought we got into the penalty box well at times but we've had to defend free-kicks and corners and that probably looked the most liekly route, as well as Green cutting in from the left hand side early on.

''I don't think Macca's saves are in the mouth moments, there were a lot of bodies but not really much happening so from that point of view, I think the neutral will say that we saw it out fairly comfortable.

''It doesn't feel that way when you're a manager but he certainly didn't have many saves to make.''

Asked if he thought the performance was what he was looking for after defeat last weekend, Hurst said: ''I'm not sure about that, there were parts of the performance that were better first half and we'd gone in 1-0 but thought theyd had slightly the better of it really.

''Second half, I thought we had a couple of good situations. There was Ashley Chambers running through and you're hoping he hits it and Kayden had a couple of opportunities that kinda petered out so all in all, it wasn't a day full of chances.''

''But I remember going to Wycombe and speaking to Gareth Ainsworth after the game and he said they had 26 or 27 games that were like the Wycombe game and that today.

''I think we've started well in terms of our performance levels but there are times where we can't always do that.

''It was bit blustery today but you're gonna have to win games like that if you're gonna be anywhere and having gone to Luton and then to come here and win is really good for the team and the squad.''

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Watch the full post match interview. 

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