‘I felt our better spells were longer than Norwich’s’ – Hurst on Town’s East Anglian derby draw and Skuse injury

Town manager Paul Hurst arrives on the pitch ahead of the game. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STE

Town manager Paul Hurst arrives on the pitch ahead of the game. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst felt it was his team who edged this afternoon’s 1-1 home draw with Norwich City in the East Anglian derby at Portman Road.

Following a scrappy first half from both sides, Town got on top after the restart and took the lead through Gwion Edwards’ deflected strike (57). Edwards then dragged a good chance wide before Norwich reacted well, equalising through Moritz Leitner’s sweeping finish from the edge of the box (71).

“I really enjoyed it apart from their goal,” said Hurst, whose wait for his first win in charge goes on.

“We know what derby day is and it lived up to that. The atmosphere was through the roof, our fans were brilliant and I just feel for them that we didn’t quite get the result I felt we probably deserved without absolutely dominating the game.

“I felt our better spells were longer than Norwich’s were and both teams scored while they were having periods on top. Second half we came out strong, got in front and stayed on the front foot but Norwich came back into it and got their goal.”

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He continued: “I’d love to take lots of credit (for the second half start) and say we changed things tactically and perhaps got on top because of that, but we knew the game would settle down a little bit more which it did.

“I thought we passed it a little more and we wanted to try and get on the second ball a bit more at times. We pushed them back.

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“We had quite a few efforts from the edge of the box where we didn’t really test the keeper or put it back into areas where it might take a deflection, but if we could have got the second we could have broken Norwich’s will a little.

“But they did come back into it and had that spell.

“With their goal I’m a bit disappointed because we did have an opportunity to clear the ball which we didn’t take. We have to know when to try to play and when to just clear it.

“I’ll never shout at anyone for just hoofing the ball into the stands or up the pitch if they are in that sort of scenario. So that’s a disappointment.”

Cole Skuse was stretchered off following a heavy clash of heads just before half-time.

“He’s OK, thankfully,” said Hurst. “He’s walking around and talking to people and knowing what their names are. He knows where he is.

“That’s pleasing that we can get him home to his family to starting recovering. Although I’m aware he’s got kids so he might be better trying to get round to one of his single team-mate’s!

“I’m not exactly sure what happened but he certainly had blood down the side of his head, so I’m assuming there is some kind of cut there. I’m not sure if there have been any stitches there at this stage.

“It was obviously a hefty knock he took because it was signalled from the pitch quite early that we would probably have to make that change and that’s how it ended up.

“I asked him if he felt a bit sick or anything and he was fine. That’s the main thing, that he’s good and healthy.”

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