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Hurst reflects on Leicester clash

24 September 2019

Manager Paul Hurst provided his reaction to iFollow Iron after the 1-1 home draw Trophy draw against Leicester City Under-21s, which concluded with a 3-1 penalty shoot-out defeat.

The Foxes went ahead in the closing stages, but Ryan Colclough levelled the score soon after as a mixed United side claimed another point in their group.

Hurst said: “It was a good work-out for a lot of the players. We‘d have liked to have won the game as always, as we said prior to the match, but Leicester have got some good young players and they showed that.

“For us, it was a mix in terms of some lads haven’t played for a little while, some were returning from injury, and some of those have been longer-term too. They will be pleased they’ve got through that.

“It was great to see Levi (Sutton) back, he showed what he could do, while Dalesy (Andy Dales) came on and had a good impact when he was on the pitch. It was also good for Coco (Ryan Colclough) to get through another 90 minutes and get on the scoresheet, as well as Butts (Andy Butler) coming back.

“It was a good goal for Ryan, and will do him the world of good in terms of confidence and knowing he can get through games.

“There wasn’t long left in the game. Steve and his staff were shouting their team to manage the game, but that response is what you’re looking for. It was a good ball in from Kgosi (Ntlhe) and I thought we perhaps should have had an attempt at goal before it came back to Ryan really.

“I’m not quite sure what happened but when it came back to him, he finished it very well, which resulted in it going to penalties. It’s just a shame we couldn’t have won that bit.”

Hurst added: “The majority of the other players had a training session today. We’ll now prepare for Bradford (on Saturday), which will be a tough game on our own patch against one of the favourites for promotion. But we want a response to losing last Saturday.”

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