Shrewsbury Town: Paul Hurst calls losing performance at Fleetwood 'not acceptable'

David Ball's two goals in 20 second-half minutes finished off Shrewsbury at Highbury
David Ball's two goals in 20 second-half minutes finished off Shrewsbury at Highbury

Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Hurst has apologised to the travelling fans for his side's sorry performance in Tuesday night's 3-0 defeat at Fleetwood.

Having started his reign with three wins and a draw from four games, Hurst suffered his first loss as Town boss when, with nine men, they went down 2-1 at Sheffield United on Saturday.

But Hurst said that the performance at Fleetwood was "not acceptable".

"I felt sorry for the fans that travelled," he told BBC Shropshire.

"I said on Saturday at Sheffield that there were things which annoyed me, but you take things into context after having two men sent off.

"But that is 100% the first time I've seen that since coming. As soon as it went 3-0 we had too many that decided it's too much hard work.

"There's a point where you have to be a man and play through difficult times. A career's full of that. We're struggling at the wrong of the table in League One and I don't know where some of the players will end up - it's their careers.

"The disappointment for me is that I'm now the manager and I'm part of that. It surprised me to a degree because I was hoping we were all on board."

Shrewsbury back on the bottom

Shrewsbury's second straight defeat sent them back to the bottom of League One going into Saturday's home derby with mid-table Port Vale.

They will still be without one of the two men red carded at Bramall Lane, Abu Ogogo, who will serve the second of his three-game ban.

But fellow midfielder Jim O'Brien had his 20th-minute red card overturned on appeal. He played against Fleetwood at the Highbury Stadium and will again be available for selection for the visit of Vale.

Shrewsbury are already joint top of the Football Association's disciplinary record of players sent off this season, having received five red cards, reduced from six after O'Brien's was rescinded.

But they now have two players - Gary Deegan and Ivan Toney - who are on eight bookings, just two cautions away from an automatic two-match ban.

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