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Hurst: Iron test could be Shrewsbury’s toughest yet

Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst has suggested Scunthorpe United could prove to be the toughest test yet for his table topping side, ahead of Saturday’s match at the New Meadow.

The Shrews’ sit top of the pile having won eight of their first ten games, but Hurst has insisted that his players will have to be at their best to keep up their excellent run of form and break down a resolute Iron defence.

“I think it’s something like seven out of the last eight they have kept clean sheets, so that is some record”, Hurst told the Press.

“I think that says a lot about organisation. It also says a lot about the work ethic of the team, because you don’t keep that many clean sheets if you’ve got a team that maybe aren’t working hard or doing what they want.

“They just missed out on promotion last year and were riding high at the top of the table for some time, so I think they made a statement last year that they are certainly proper contenders and have the ambition to get into the Championship.

“There’s a lot of experience in there and they look like a team that will be in the mix-up because I think they’ve got the know-how, which can be very important.”

Hurst also admitted that despite his sides’ good start to the campaign, the aim was still to avoid relegation.

“We’re above halfway to our target, first and foremost.

“I’m that serious. That’s our first target. I keep saying that.”


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Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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