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Hurst: Performance Not There Today

17 September 2016

Paul Hurst felt that the performance in the 2-0 defeat to Crewe was lacking, and is hoping to quickly move onto the next game.

Town went down to a 2-0 defeat at Blundell Park, with goals from Liam Cooper and James Jones making the difference, and the Town boss felt that it was probably the first time the team hadn't quite performed so far this season.

Speaking after the game, he said: ''I think for the first time this season really, there's a disappointment in terms of the performance.

''I do have to say we were against a team that have only lost one game, were a League One outfit last season and there hasn't been many changes so you've got to give the opposition some credit. I think what they were good at was stopping us from playing. The first half of the game, for the netural would've been a bad game to watch when realistically you've got two teams that play good football

''It was obviously a terrible goal to concede just before half time but I think a lot of the play was in their half of the pitch without us really creating much or testing their keeper overly.''

Asked if he thought the team were going to get away with it before Crewe scored their first in added time at the end of the first half, Hurst said: ''I wouldn't say get away with it, we scored a goal that was ruled offside, I haven't seen it so I presume it was the right decision but I've got no qualms there.

''Obviously James has made a great save from the penalty. You think we're gonna get in at half time and we know we can play better would've been the message because we're all square. As it was we're a goal behind and that make things more difficult.

''Like I said, I thought apart from the very start of the second half, a lot of the game was played in their half of the pitch without us really playing any fluent football.

''I thought they defended well and made it difficult but in terms of our own standards, I thought we were quite a way off last week

''I said at the time would be difficult to replicate but to drop off like we did is disappointing.

However, the Town boss believes that it is important that Town now move on to the next game, with a trip to Mansfield Town next on the agenda.

He said: ''We're not gonna get too hung up on it because I think we've had a decent start to the season.

''We know we can play better than we have today, so we move onto the next one at Mansfield, where they'll be a big following and a good atmosphere.

''Usually when we play there it seems like an up and at 'em sort of the game. The crowd often get involved and that's what we'll be expecting.''

Watch the post match press conference in full. 

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