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DESERVED TO BE BEATEN - BUCKLE

22 September 2012

Boss Paul Buckle bemoaned his sided poor defending as they fell to a disappointing defeat at Grimsby.

The Town were three goals behind at half-time and despite a goal in the second half from Scott Rendell the Mariners ran out comfortable 4-1 winners..

And the manager was understandably frustrated after seeing the Hatters defeated on the road for the second away fixture in succession.

“I'm obviously not happy but tonight it was very simple: our centre-halves could not deal with balls into the box,” Buckle told Hatters Player afterwards.

“Grimsby scored their first goal from their first cross into the box and it carried on all night. We should be dealing with them but we are really struggling to.

“We were beaten today because our two centre-halves couldn't head the ball.

“Janos is a man mountain but he's got to be more aggressive and that's the second time I've taken him off at half-time now.

“We need to be a bit more honest but we deserved to be beaten.

“If we can't defend high balls into the box then we're going to struggle and it's my job, as manager, to sort it out, and to sort it out quickly.

“Tonight we created enough chances to win the game and we've had some some really good opportunities.

“But we've been let down defensively, and when you concede three goals in the first half you're always under pressure.

“We should be coming to a place like Grimsby a keeping clean sheet. We managed it against Wrexham but couldn't today - and that has cost us.”

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