Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst hopes the 1-0 win at AFC Wimbledon will silence those questioning his team's ability to find the back of the net this season.

Paul Hurst keen to silence doubters as Shrewsbury win again

Paul Hurst keen to silence doubters as Shrewsbury win again

The visitors went ahead after just eight minutes at the Cherry Red Records Stadium when Alex Rodman headed in a cross from Shaun Whalley.

Endless shots on goal followed from the Shrews as they secured their second win of the season but all were kept out by George Long, on loan at Wimbledon from Sheffield United.

"I'm delighted with three points away from home and they're well deserved," said Hurst. "The goal was a moment of quality from Shaun with the cross and it got us off to a good start.

"I don't know if I'm getting a bit protective, but we're two games in in the league and people seem to be questioning whether we're going to score goals and I don't really understand that.

"There are 44 games to go, it's a long season and it's early days, but we've got our feet on the ground.

"We played good football and got forward, some of it I felt was excellent. The second half was a bit disappointing but I have to give Wimbledon credit for changing tack and making it a bit more difficult.

"The second half they were more direct and the game got scrappier again, I'd have liked us to have a bit more control."

Dons boss Neal Ardley refused to use Wimbledon's 120-minute midweek cup game against Brentford as an excuse for the defeat, but admitted his side lacked energy.

"We were nowhere near anything today. The boys looked flat, tired and apprehensive and we became very disjointed very quickly," he said.

"We tried to get more intense in the second half, but today they struggled to raise their intensity.

"We can't use excuses, the best team won on the day and we were poor at everything. We didn't have any zip, I thought we were second best for most of it.

"The bottom line is that if we are second to balls and our movement isn't good, it doesn't matter what system we are trying to play, we're going to lose games of football.

"That all comes from the fact that a lot of the boys just weren't there. George Long made some great saves and kept us in it. It is very rare to have most of your team turn up and play poorly, but that happened today.

"I don't want to use Tuesday as an excuse but the players said they felt tired. It's just one game but if I was a fan I'd go away thinking we are going to struggle this year."