Grimsby Town joint boss Paul Hurst hails 'great display' against Luton
JOINT boss Paul Hurst was full of praise for his Grimsby Town side – saying his players had answered all the questions asked of them as they romped to a convincing 4-1 win over pre-season favourites Luton Town.
Hurst watched his team race into a three-goal lead before half-time, and an own goal from Hatters defender Dean Beckwith rounded off a good night at Blundell Park.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Hurst said: "It was a great performance. I said before the game that I thought it would be a tight game and, while I wouldn't say it was an easy night, I felt we had a real cut and thrust about us.
"For the possession that Luton had, I always thought that once we regained possession, we always looked dangerous. We had drive and a real pace about us to create chances.
"We know the fans would like to see that scoreline every week, but was last night a better performance than against Forest Green? Probably so, in terms of chances. We did well to get in front and we didn't look back from there.
"They answered all the questions that we've asked of them and we are really pleased.
"But we don't have time to enjoy it as we're right onto another tough game against Gateshead, who are another good side."
Hurst added that he was particularly impressed with the impact of Ross Hannah and Scott Neilson, who were both making their debuts for Town after joining on three-month loan deals earlier in the week.
Hannah grabbed a goal and looked lively throughout while Neilson was a constant threat to Paul Buckle's side down the flanks.
Hurst added: "I thought Ross Hannah and Scott Neilson had great debuts.
"We keep talking about the solidity of the team and part of that is Frankie's (Artus) hard work, so he would have been disappointed to miss out, but we just wanted to change the dynamic of the team a bit and we think it worked.
"Scott created the goal for Ross, who showed us exactly what we expected of him. He always looks likely to score."