Big occasion won’t faze Shrewsbury, insists Paul Hurst
Boss Paul Hurst has faith in his side handling the big occasion as they prepare for tomorrow’s trip to Blackburn Rovers.
The League One clash pits second against third as the hosts look to extend their unbeaten league run to 15 games – matching Town’s achievement at the start of the season.
But Hurst has been buoyed by numerous displays against the division’s big-hitters this season, as well as last weekend’s high-profile West Ham FA Cup tie, and expects his side to thrive in the big-game atmosphere at Ewood Park.
“If we suffer a defeat or it’s a bad performance then I don’t think it’ll be down to nerves or the occasion getting to the players,” said Hurst, with his side set to be roared on by one of the biggest away followings of the season in Lancashire.
“We’ve proved that enough times in the season to date, where we’ve had big games and they’ve handled it – that’s pleasing from my point of view.”
The initial allocation of 850 away fans sold out yesterday. Rovers are currently five points behind Hurst’s men. He added: “I have no doubt that if Blackburn, in the next couple of weeks or whenever, get above us then everyone will say that it was a formality and was always going to happen.
“From that point of view, it’s still a surprise. To be anywhere near the top of the table is credit to the players. But looking at how well we’ve performed in big games, maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise.
“ Ultimately a season lasts for 46 games, we’ve still got just less than half the season to go.”