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Hurst looks to build on positive aspects

19 August 2019

Manager Paul Hurst is looking to build on the positive aspects from Saturday when his side visit Cambridge United on Tuesday night.

They come into the game on the back of their first point of the season, as they drew 2-2 against Crawley Town at the Sands Venue Stadium.

He spoke to iFollow Iron ahead of the midweek clash and will also be boosted by the return of a couple of players to his squad.

James Perch returns from suspension, while Jordan Clarke has returned to training following a quad injury and will be back in the squad for the clash at the Abbey Stadium.

Hurst said: "We’re looking to build on some of the positives we had from Saturday against a team that’s unbeaten, so we know that will be difficult. I’m glad there is a game though. It’s an opportunity to build on the first point of the season.

"Cambridge’s confidence will be high but, for me, I’m concentrating on us. Some of the performance, collectively in the middle part of the game, we hopefully can build on.

"There were some good individual performances but also signs of the team producing some play that I would like to associate with us moving forward. 

"We looked better on the ball and more of a threat, but the reverse of that is we didn’t start the game well enough or finish it well enough. We got too stretched and out of shape towards the end of the game, where we have to be better. 

"It’s something we’ve spoken about again, but at the same time we could have perhaps put the game out of sight or made it extremely difficult for Crawley to come back into it. Over the 90 minutes we certainly deserved something from the game. 

"Having lost the first couple of league games, that was better in parts though and we have to move on and get that first win."

Perch and Clarke return to the squad, with Hurst adding: "We have a couple of knocks from the weekend but thankfully nothing that will keep anyone out. So, that’s a positive compared to what we’ve had after games recently."

The game will come too soon for Ryan Colclough though, who missed out on Saturday after tweaking his groin in training on Friday.

"Ryan has improved from the weekend but not enough,” said Hurst. “Going into Saturday, there’s a possibility but that depends on how it settles down over the next few days. Fingers crossed, we’ll have him available though."


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