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‘We have to understand it’s just another team in our league’ - Hurst wants Blues to play without fear

PUBLISHED: 10:58 05 October 2018

Gwion Edwards takes aim against Middlesbrough on Tuesday night.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Gwion Edwards takes aim against Middlesbrough on Tuesday night. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

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Paul Hurst has urged his Ipswich Town side to play without fear as they bid for their first win under his management at Swansea tomorrow.

Town manager Paul Hurst still hasn't won a game since taking over at Portman Road. Picture: STEVE WALLERTown manager Paul Hurst still hasn't won a game since taking over at Portman Road. Picture: STEVE WALLER

The Blues head to south Wales sitting 23rd in the Championship table, where they will face a Swansea side currently seventh in their first campaign following relegation from the Premier League.

Despite having failed to score in four of their last five matches Graham Potter’s side have impressed in recent weeks, but Hurst wants his players to play with courage and show a clinical edge when chances come.

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“We have to understand it’s just another team that are in our league and let’s go there first and foremost and give it a real go,” he said.

“And that’s what we’ll be asking of whichever team I put out there and also try and make sure we ask questions of them because I think there have been situations in games where teams have maybe not capitalised on some moments.

“That’s what it’s all about, you’ve got to try and take advantage when those moments come. Can you be clinical? Can you find the right pass or see the pass in the first place? And that’s what we’ll be looking to do.”

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No Championship side has scored fewer goals than Ipswich’s eight this season, but Hurst believes his side are beginning to offer more of a threat.

“I think there are signs but we’ve got to make that happen and the only way that you will change that is by doing the right things, being brave, or putting the hard yards in to make that run to get in the box and putting the ball in there,” he said.

“The other night we certainly did put some good deliveries in there and hopefully on another day we would have reaped rewards from it.”

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A two-week international break follows tomorrow’s game, but Hurst would rather carry on playing games.

“Overall, for me I think the first one came at a bad time in terms of (coming after) the Norwich game but in other ways came at a good time,” he said.

“I’d rather just carry on, to be honest, because you feel like there’s almost a bit of dead time.

“Maybe you get a bit of a mental refresh, I suppose, but I’m all for cracking on with it. Maybe you’ll clear one or two injuries up if you pick up any knocks, but other than that I’ll be happy just to continue.”

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