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Paul Hurst: Another step in the right direction

22 October 2019

Manager Paul Hurst assessed his side’s display following a 3-1 win over Exeter City in Sky Bet League Two.

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📹 iFollow: Paul Hurst speaks following Exeter victory

22 October 2019

The Iron pipped the high-flying Grecians to victory in a midweek meeting and the boss was pleased with the response to defeat at the weekend but believes there is always room for improvement.

He told iFollow Iron: "I’m delighted with the result against a team that have been doing very well. We reacted well after being pegged back in terms of getting another goal.

"Some of our passing was messy and could have been better. In the second half, we moved the ball better and side-to-side.

"On the back of suffering a narrow defeat, tonight’s another step in the right direction."

The Iron manager enjoyed three goals and three points, congratulating forward Jamie Ward on netting his 100th career goal this evening.

"We’re pleased to score three goals at home again - some good goals as well with two really good strikes from different ranges.

"The third is a good ball in and good from Alex Gilliead getting in the box where it matters. He got one at Plymouth, a cross at the near post, and one at the far post today," he said.

"I saw the compilation [of Ward’s goals when he signed]. There’s some fantastic goals and one tonight. Had it been further out, we’d have been arguing about goal of the night. He’s had a great career. I wouldn’t have cared if it had been from the penalty spot or off his backside!"

Starting three strikers against the Grecians, Hurst was pleased with the attacking options at his disposal and their ability to change a game.

He explained: "I played Jamie Ward wide and he said he’s happy to play in any of the front four positions. It gives us something a bit different rather than an out-and-out winger from the left. He naturally finds areas.

"We’ve got different threats. Jamie Proctor came on and picked the baton up, working extremely hard and seeing the game out. He has a physical presence."

The manager thought another frontman Lee Novak was unlucky not to get in on the act, too.

"Lee Novak was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet. He had one blocked in the first half and a great strike in the second half from a good ball from Yann Songo’o but the ‘keeper made a good save," he added.

He praised the Iron’s home form, recording back-to-back victories at the Sands Venue Stadium but hopes to register a win on the road against Salford on Saturday.

"It looks like our home form is relatively good and give most teams a game here. Away from home, we’re yet to win and that’s got to change. The next chance is coming on Saturday."


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