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EVERYTHING BUT SCORE - BUCKLE

25 August 2012

Boss Paul Buckle thought his side did everything but score as the Town lost their first match of the season with a 1-0 defeat at home to AFC Telford United.

The Hatters created a string of chances but couldn’t find a way past a resolute visiting defence who took the three points back to Shropshire thanks to Kieron St Aimie’s first half header.

So disappointment for manager, yes, but Buckle was keen to reassure supporters of his belief in the side after Telford’s victory.

“Of course I’m disappointed – I’m always disappointed if we haven’t picked up maximum points,” he told Hatters Player afterwards. “But it wasn’t through a lack of trying, a lack of creating chances or a lack of ball retention – we did everything but put the ball in the back of the net.

“You can’t criticise strikers – they don’t mean to miss the target. The records of our forwards speak for themselves.

“Losing a game isn’t the end of the world. After a defeat we need to look at why we lost and be sensible about it and not forget or throw away all the work we’ve done.

“The key was we created loads of the chances – any manager will tell you they’ll be worried if there team isn’t creating them – but we are.

“No game in this league is easy, no team in the league will give you an easy ride. If that was the case we’d be out of it by now.

“I’m pleased that the Luton Town team today was up for it and played on the front foot throughout. On another day we could have scored three or four.”

Buckle revealed afterwards that a groin strain ruled out defender Janos Kovacs.

And with Ronnie Henry facing a suspension after his red card in an altercation nine minutes from time it leaves the Town short of central defenders at the club with Garry Richards out injured.

“Janos was a big loss,” said the manager. “Every ball that comes into our 18 yard box he clears. It’s going to be tough. We need to get a 6ft plus defender in because we’re short of them now."

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