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Hurst: Plenty Of Positives

3 September 2016

Town boss Paul Hurst gives his thoughts on Saturday's 2-2 draw with Notts County.

Paul Hurst was naturally disappointed to let a two goal lead slip in the  2-2 draw with Notts County at Meadow Lane on Saturday afternoon, but also feels that there were plenty of positives to take from the game and his side's performance.

A terrific away following of 2,367 saw the Mariners go 2-0 up through a Shaun Pearson header before Omar Bogle capitalised on a poor pass back to double the lead. However, late goals from Jonathan Forte and Aaron Collins, with County's Michael O'Connor missing a penalty in between, saw the sides share the spoils. 

Speaking after the game, the Town boss said ''When you're 2-0 up, you give yourself a great chance but the game changed with the introduction of Vadaine Oliver so you have to give Notts County credit there, but I was happy with large parts of that this afternoon.

''I feel like we've come to a good football club that'll be up there come the end of the esason so from that point of view, i'm certainly glad we didn't lose it in the end and gave the fans something to go away with.

''It was a fantastic following yet again but like I say, there's a little bit of a tinge of dispappointment that we couldn't come away with three points.''

Town made two changes to the side that beat Stevenage last weekend, with new loan signings Brandon Comley and Shaun Tuton coming in for the injured Kayden Jackson and skipper Craig Disley, and Hurst felt that the game changed when Tuton was forced off with an injury moments before the first County goal.

He said: ''Nothing against Scott Vernon or anyone else but when Shaun Tuton came off, I did feel it changed the dynamic for us as well. 

''That was a forced change there, and then there's lots of things going on in my mind about how best to set us up. 

''We changed shape for a little while to stop the ball coming in from wide areas but it stil came in for the second goal and we got away with the penalty miss but overall, I thought there were a lot of positives to take from this afternoon. 

''That was the first point on the road this season, we scored goals again and looked like we could've scored more.

'' I thought we actually defended a lot better, James McKeown's made some good saves, yeah,  but for large parts of the first half in particular, I thought we defended well.

''We probably didn't string quite as many passes together as we have in previous weeks but i don't think it can always be pretty. 

'' I was pleased with that side, its just the goals and I'll certainly watch that last 27 minute period to look and see if there's things for me to learn from as well.'' 

Asked what he thought of the performances from the two new loanees, Hurst said ''I thought they both did what I brought them in for.

''Brandon was nice and competitive in there and with his first tackle he tracked Alex Rodman three quarters of the pitch and won the ball back for us, and as for us Tutes, he'll be disappointed he didn't score but I said you'll see someone that'll work hard for the team.

''I think we've all seen that and that sets the standard at the top end of the pitch and makes things a bit easier for people behind and I think his goals will come if he keeps working as hard as that and puts himself in the right areas.''

Although new striker Tuton did go off with an injury, the Town boss did seem to reassure that it wasn't a serious one, and also believes Kayden Jackson, who he also expects to be back shortly, could've made a difference if available.

He said: ''His ankle is a bit sore, he got it first half but was willing to carry on and then it just got aa bit too much but again, it would've been nice to have had Kayden Jackson available today to either start of bring in with the energy and pace. 

''Like I said, that's not a criticism of Scott Vernon at all but there are different scenarios and I certainly think that's a substitution we would've used today. ''

Watch the full post-match press conference below.

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