Paul Hurst mulls over his Shrewsbury options
Shrewsbury boss Paul Hurst is mulling over changes going into a busy crunch period in their League One charge.
High-flying Town head into a testing run of five fixtures in two weeks on the back of just a second home league defeat of the season.
Including tonight’s trip to struggling 17th-placed Fleetwood, the run contains three Tuesday night fixtures and culminates in Town’s Wembley charge, with a Checkatrade Trophy semi-final against Yeovil in a fortnight.
Hurst sprung a surprise by making two changes to the side that won at Bristol Rovers for last Saturday’s Plymouth reversal. With a stronger squad to select from, Hurst is expecting a response from his entire squad.
The Shrews chief said: “You obviously want the group to stay as close as possible – and I think they have done that – they are close.
“But I’ve been in that position when you’re not in the team. You don’t really wish bad on that person in your position but you’re hoping that you get that chance through one way or another.
“I’m sure one or two would’ve looked at it and thought ‘maybe I’m going to get a chance’ or ‘I might be a little bit closer’ and that comes into my thinking.
“Do you say ‘here’s another chance?’ or do you change one or two things?
“All I would say is that we have got a lot of games coming up, maybe that’ll come into my thinking a little bit as well.
“It’s my biggest job. A big part of it is picking the team that you think is going to win.”
Hurst has miserable memories from Highbury Stadium. His Town side lost 3-0 and 3-2 within a month on separate Tuesday nights in the early month of his reign. It will be his sixth game against Fleetwood with Shrews.
“It (the 3-0) was the first time I remember seeing a weakness to the squad,” he added. “I remember not being the happiest person in the world in the post-match interview.
“But the lads that played last weekend will be desperate to get back out there and the others that didn’t get the game time will be desperate for their chance.
“Some stadiums you go to and the team you play you always seem to win and vice-versa. It’ll be nice, whenever going again, to have the experience of winning there.”