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Paul Hurst hails 'massive achievement' as Shrewsbury Town reach Checkatrade Trophy final

By Lewis Cox | Shrewsbury Town FC | Published: | Last Updated:

Proud Shrewsbury chief Paul Hurst hailed his side's 'massive achievement' in booking a Wembley final - and vowed to improve Town's national stadium record.

Shrewsbury Town booked their place at Wembley with a 1-0 win over Yeovil (AMA)

Carlton Morris' second-half header sealed Shrewsbury's Wembley spot against Lincoln City next month as the hosts edged League Two Yeovil in front of 4,118 fans at Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Hurst insisted his players were not about to get carried away despite the semi-final success and would immediately switch focus to their promotion hunt in League One.

But the boss was delighted in sealing a fourth ever Town trip to Wembley Stadium. Town have lost the previous three.

"It feels good, obviously," said Hurst. "It's not a massively jubilant dressing room but naturally we're pleased.

"To get to the final of any competition is a massive achievement. It's a day out, although from a playing point of view it's to try and win a game of football - it's not going there just to play at Wembley.

"I know that they've been three times and lost. I want to see if I can change that.

"You just want to win. I didn't expect an easy game and we didn't get one. There was a lot of possession.

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"We were the better side but couldn't work their keeper enough."

A pitch invasion marked the full-time whistle as Town's memorable season provided another chapter for delighted fans.

And Hurst acknowledged the crowd - with 299 travelling Yeovil fans - lauding the atmosphere they created in what is a maligned competition with sections of fans carrying out a boycott.

Town were the better side for large parts and dominated possession but failed to create many clear-cut openings or work the visiting keeper.

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But, aside from a few late moments as the League Two side rallied, Dean Henderson's goal was unscathed and Town continued in a competition that got underway on August 29 at Covemtry.

The boss smiled: "I saw the first few fans come on and thought 'I'm legging it.'

"I stood and congratulated the players and the staff. A lot is the players and the fans.

"But I think of people like Strongy (Darryl Strong), the kit man, to see behind the scenes and the build-up. It'll be a special time.

"I'm just really pleased for everyone. I've been a few times and I crave to go again."

Lewis Cox

By Lewis Cox
Trainee Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @lewiscox_star

Sports reporter with the Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Covering Shrewsbury Town and with a keen eye for non-league and grassroots.

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