Shrewsbury's character is the key for Paul Hurst

By Lewis Cox | Shrewsbury Town FC | Published:

Proud boss Paul Hurst applauded the character of his comeback kings Shrewsbury as they rallied from a goal down to beat promotion-chasing Scunthorpe in the snow.

Proud Town boss Paul Hurst (AMA)

A delightful equaliser from Jon Nolan and Stefan Payne's ferocious penalty cancelled out Josh Morris' early strike for the Iron, which bizarrely looped in and over Dean Henderson with a major hand from swirling freezing wind.

Hurst's men stood up to their fifth-placed hosts and the 'Beast from the East's' harsh conditions to chalk up a fifth away win in a row. Town took advantage of no League One action for Wigan or Blackburn and climbed back to second, just two points off top with a game in hand.

The Town boss hailed his side's latest show of character.

"I used exactly that word, character, after to them to congratulate them on the victory," said Hurst, whose six aim for six straight away wins at Northampton tomorrow.

"I thought in the firs half we were OK in some ways but not in others.

"I felt we did lose a few too many tackles and second balls and we didn't do too much to influence their centre-halves.

"In the second half that completely turned around and we just played with a little more intensity.

"To come here, as they have a bit of confidence from a performance at Wigan, it was an excellent performance."


Hurst added on his side's target: "It's another three points that can edge us closer to Blackburn, edge us closer to a points total that will make sure we're in the play-offs as a minimum.

"The players have got to be full of confidence at the minute. The away victories on the spin and winning our last couple of home games – getting to a final.

"We're in a good place at the minute."

Hurst, meanwhile, lambasted a Radio Sheffield programme for ignoring his side's miraculous campaign.


"I was driving back to Sheffield the other night, I put the 'Football Heaven' show on and they were talking about midweek (League One) games with Rotherham and we didn't get one mention," added the boss.

"I kind of quite like that in a way, but I thought it was very disrespectful in terms of what this team's done and what the players have achieved.

"It's already been a fantastic season no matter what happens in these remaining 10 league games and the final."

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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