Paul Hurst hoping to make up with old Rotherham friends

Paul Hurst is hoping to make up with some old friends after his Shrewsbury side’s last-gasp win.

Hurst, who made 494 appearances for the Millers over 15 years, enjoyed the sweetest of returns to his former club after Stefan Payne’s injury-time goal earned Shrews three points.

Hurst was team-mates with Paul Warne, Richie Barker and Mike Pollitt, but there was no love lost at the full-time whistle as Hurst and Barker clashed over the Millers not giving the ball back.

 

The 43-year-old said: “I hope we can make up. It’s gone as far as I am concerned and it’s up to them to feel if they need a word with their keeper.

“We kicked the ball out for an injured player at the end and they haven’t thrown it back. It has soured it for me, if that’s the case we will not kick it out again.

“I had a few words with Richie Barker at the end, I love them all to bits. It’s a passionate game, it’s emotional.”

Warne watched his side go five games without a league win, despite looking as if they might win it once Richie Towell had cancelled out Jon Nolan’s early opener.

It could have been a different story had Kieffer Moore stuck an early penalty away and Warne is ruing one that got away.

“It’s really difficult to take, I presume we had more shots on goal, more possession, all the key indicators were ours but we’re on the end of a defeat.

“I take positives from the fact that we went toe-to-toe with top of the league, but are disappointed we lost.

“We’re eighth, lost narrowly to top of the league, I don’t think there is a lot wrong.

“The first goal is important. If the penalty is scored when we are on top then I think we would go on and win it.”

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