Hurst sees red but Shrews start climb

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By James Owens

SHREWS­BURY boss Paul Hurst was de­lighted to see his makeshift side pick up their sec­ond league win on the bounce, de­spite watch­ing much of the sec­ond half from the stands af­ter be­ing dis­missed from his tech­ni­cal area.

The Shrews were with­out Ivan Toney, Gary Dee­gan, and skip­per Adam El-Abd due to sus­pen­sions, while AJ Leitch-Smith and Ryan McGivern were out in­jured.

But vic­tory over Bris­tol Rovers saw them climb off the foot the League 1 ta­ble.

“The fact that we’ve got back-to-back wins is big, par­tic­u­larly with the squad that was avail­able,” Hurst said.

“That’s credit to the play­ers that have come in and took the op­por­tu­nity to show what they can do.”

Visi­tors Rovers had been within inches of tak­ing a first-minute lead when Peter Hart­ley’s header grazed the cross­bar, but were soon be­hind af­ter goal­keeper Lee Puddy’s failed at­tempt to gather a dip­ping cross left Louis Dodds with the sim­ple task of pass­ing the ball into an un­guarded net.

Rovers boss Dar­rell Clarke made two changes at half-time, send­ing Chris Lines and El­lis Har­ri­son on in place of Char­lie Colkett and Hi­ram Boateng.

But the visi­tors were un­able to par­lay pres­sure into ef­forts on goal, and saw the deficit dou­bled when Ian Black scored from the spot af­ter Hart­ley han­dled Brown’s cross in the box 18 min­utes from time.

“The longer the first half went, the more I thought we were the bet­ter side,” Hurst re­flected.

“They did start the sec­ond half very well, but I don’t think my keeper’s been forced into too many saves. We de­fended well, and looked dan­ger­ous on the break.”

And the Shrews boss in­sisted there were no hard feel­ings af­ter ref­eree Se­bas­tian Stock­bridge dis­missed him for kick­ing the ball away when Rovers were awarded a free-kick be­side his tech­ni­cal area.

“The ref ex­plained that he had no op­tion but to ask me to leave the tech­ni­cal area,” he added.

“I think he un­der­stands there was no mal­ice in it

But op­po­site num­ber Dar­rell Clarke was in no mood to mince his words, brand­ing his side’s dis­play as “woe­ful”.

“I feel frus­trated, an­gry, dis­ap­pointed, and let down, we’ve let our sup­port­ers down,” he said.

“The per­for­mance, bar the first three min­utes, was ab­so­lutely woe­ful. We had 1600 fans here. They’re an hon­est set, and they booed us, and rightly so. I think we de­served it.”

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