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Paul Hurst furious with referee as Shrewsbury slip into League One drop zone

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Paul Hurst was enraged and claimed that he believed everyone was against Shrewsbury Town as controversial decisions helped Bristol Rovers to three points.

Billy Bodin struck twice against 10-men Town to leave them winless in five and dropping desperately, now inside the League One drop zone.

Ryan Yates was dismissed for a second yellow in the first-half, but Town recovered and it wasn't until referee Brett Huxtable handed the Gas a debatable spot-kick 10 minutes into the second period that the in-form hosts took advantage.

"No I won't be speaking with him," Hurst said.

"I don't think I've honestly known a season like it since I've come in. We've had x-amount of decisions go against us and I can't remember. It feels like everyone's against us and wants us to lose our League One status.

"All I can say is that we'll continue to keep fighting.

"I have to say there's a hell of a lot of point taken away from us through no fault of our own. Today that's yet more.

"It's a tough enough place to come to as it is, we started a little shakily in terms of defending but grew into it, had chances and it was playing out as expected, we were very much in the game.

"The lads battled well to get to half-time and second-half we were doing OK and then I don't think anybody in the stadium thought it was a penalty.

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"The crowd didn't react like it was, the players from them next to me looked in amazement and said no way.

"For me that's a clue of what I think of it."

Crucial decisions have cost Hurst's Town in defeats at Sheffield United, Bolton, Rochdale, Peterborough and in a draw at Swindon.

But Toto Nsiala's purposed foul on Bodin left Hurst almost lost for words.

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Yates' second yellow card, for a lunge on goalkeeper Joe Lumley, also left the boss feeling aggrieved.

He added: "From where I was I don't think there's any contact and I don't think any decision's going to be made until their player pushes Ryan Yates over.

"Amazingly, I was told he didn't see the player push Ryan Yates.

"I don't know where he was looking considering the incident had just occurred.

"I might be wrong but there didn't look any contact. Dangerous play? Their lads had a little kick at Jayson and nothing was done. It was a case of reaction but it's one that's gone against us and is vitally important."

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