Grimsby Town joint boss Paul Hurst says FA Trophy is not Hatters' priority
PAUL Hurst was pleased to see his side come through a test of character against Cambridge and has now set his sights on the FA Trophy showdown with Luton Town.
The Mariners ground out a hard-fought draw on what the joint boss admits was a tough afternoon in East Anglia.
A heavy pitch at the Abbey Stadium, combined with a physical and in-form U's side, made for a bruising encounter.
The result extended their lead at the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier and maintained their impressive unbeaten run.
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And after coming through that game relatively unscathed, attentions switch to tomorrow night's FA Trophy Quarter-final tie with Luton, who also had an eventful weekend.
The Hatters pulled off a shock 1-0 win at Premier League Norwich and Hurst is expecting that game to have taken a lot out of Paul Buckle's side.
Speaking to the Telegraph, he said: "Saturday was a big day for us in terms of the physicality of the game. It was a heavy pitch and I'm pleased with how we did.
"Likewise, I'm sure Luton put a lot into getting the victory at a Premier League side, no matter what team they put out.
"There might be a few changes to their line-up as a result, so we'll have to see and adapt to that, but we're looking forward to the game."
Hurst believes the Hatters' focus may now lay elsewhere – with the FA Trophy now well down the list of priorities for Town's promotion rivals.
"Let's look at it from Luton's perspective," he continued. "The FA Trophy will now be the third most important competition they're involved in.
"The Trophy will be their lowest priority in terms of the FA Cup and the League.
"We'd like to win the game and we'll be doing everything we can to do that."
Tomorrow's game will have added spice as Marcus Marshall prepares to line up against the side that tried to snatch him from under the Mariners' noses.
And Hurst responded to claims by Bury boss Kevin Blackwell that Town were 'underhand' in their efforts to keep hold of the winger who is on loan from the Shakers.
He added: "The fact that Marcus is with us proves that we were in the right and did nothing wrong. If that wasn't the case he wouldn't be back playing for us – that speaks volumes.
"On Saturday, we were really pleased with him. In the second-half in particular, he started to look a real threat for us.
"He might have needed the first half to get the week's events out of his system, but he certainly didn't let us down and was one of our biggest threats going forward."