Paul Hurst: ‘Scunthorpe are contenders again’

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The Iron head to the New Meadow to face table-toppers Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, as they look to become the first side to secure three points against the highy-flyers.

The Shrews are four points clear of Wigan in second, and six clear of Peterborough in third, after their unexpected start.

Salop manager Paul Hurst was complementary of the Iron in his pre-match press conference, claiming that he is not surprised in the slightest that Graham Alexander’s side are competing at the right end of the table once more.

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

“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.”

Hurst also singled out Josh Morris as a player who would be of great danger to the Shrewsbury defence.

“You’ve got Morris who had an outstanding season last season and I think has grabbed a couple of goals already.

“Up top they’ve got Madden, Hopper, Van Veen and Novak – who was rested in midweek, so they have got a very good squad, which is what you need and they’ve got players that if they do need to change it, it doesn’t really weaken them.

“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.”


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