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Hurst: We need to stamp our authority at home

15 August 2019


Hurst: We need to stamp our authority at home

15 August 2019

Paul Hurst has called for his side to replicate their Carabao Cup performance levels against Derby at the weekend when Crawley Town visit, but is hoping for a different scoreline come the final whistle.

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He told iFollow Iron: “We’ve got to strive for the performance levels from Tuesday night to make sure we stamp our authority on the game at home.

“We came away from the game and reflected on it. I was much happier than I was on Saturday evening and Sunday (following the Cheltenham game). Going into it, it was always going to be a different game. We definitely want to try and build on that.”

However, he is expecting a different type of test against Crawley Town, as the Iron are back in action in Sky Bet League Two.

“Saturday will be very different to what we encountered on Tuesday night. Hopefully we can put on a similar performance but get a different result," he said.

The manager has been impressed by Saturday’s opponents Crawley so far, having won two games on the bounce, including a league victory over Graham Alexander’s Salford City.

He said: “On paper, they’ve had a tough start. In the game against Salford, there was a lot of hype around them [Salford] but they put on a very good performance and won by two goals, and perhaps could have been more.

“They changed things around some of the personnel, in the midweek victory at Walsall. They look like they’ve got a lot of options."

In addition, Hurst was pleased to have goalkeeper Rory Watson back at his disposal, after he made his first start in over a year in the 1-0 loss to Derby County.

He praised the shot-stopper: “With Rory [Watson], he’s worked hard to come back from injury. I went with Jake [Eastwood] for the first couple of games but wanted to give Rory an opportunity and he didn’t let himself down.

“He will have been pleased to get back out there in a competitive game and show what he can do. He made a couple of good saves. There wasn’t too much he could do about the goal.”

Lee Novak came off injured during Tuesday's clash with the Rams, and was due for a scan on the ankle injury sustained in that game.

"We're still awaiting news on Lee Novak, albeit it's not looking good but fingers crossed it's the best case scenario for us and Lee as well," added Hurst.

"No matter what the diagnosis is with Novs, I can't see it being anything other than a number of weeks going into months. We'll check on that one and hopefully find more out shortly."

Kyle Wootton missed that fixture with concussion picked up at Cheltenham last weekend, but Hurst is hopeful he'll be in contention for the weekend.

He said: "Kyle was out on the training pitch but couldn't join fully in the training. We need to see how he is in a proper session again. Ultimately, his wellbeing and health is the most important thing. We'll see how he is before making a decision on whether he's involved at the weekend."

Hurst concluded his pre-match press conference with an update on Jacob Bedeau and Clayton Lewis (who have been out with knee and thigh injuries since the start of July respectively), adding "They've joined in light parts of training on Thursday. They're still not ready to be involved but there are at least some signs of progress there. Most of the others are still some way away."

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