Shrews boss Hurst praises Spireites fans

Shrewsbury boss Paul Hurst paid tribute to the Chesterfield fans for increasing the pressure on his side late on in today's 1-1 draw.

Saturday, 11th March 2017, 6:36 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:45 am
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The noise grew around the Proact as the Spireites took control of the latter stages, despite never really hurting the visitors.

Hurst said the atmosphere played a big part in Town’s late resurgence.

“I thought we could’ve won the game,” he said.

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“Chesterfield might think similar, but for me the Chesterfield support were excellent, really got behind the team and maybe made you feel like you were under a little more pressure than you were.”

Hurst admitted that he had addressed the danger Ian Evatt posed from corners and free-kicks before the game, but his side were unable to deal with the centre-half late in the first half as he cancelled out Tyler Roberts’ opener.

“We got ourselves in front started the game well,” he said.

“They had a lot of the ball without hurting us too much.

“We’d said about set plays and the threat of Evatt and couldn’t stop it.

“Then in the second-half I thought we started it well, were on top for spells and looked more threatening.”

He reserved praise for Thorsten Stuckmann, the German stopper who ensured Chesterfield kept a point with a fantastic point blank save from Stephen Humphrys in the second half.

“There was a fantastic chance to win it with Stevie’s header but it was a point rather than the three we’d have liked,” said Hurst.

“Credit to the goalkeeper who’s having a good spell for them.”