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1 January 2013

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Boss reflects on New Year's Day defeat

"Goals change games and mentalities," said Town boss Paul Buckle after he watched his side lose 3-1 at Woking.

Second half strikes from Billy Knott and Jayden Stockley gave the Cards all three points and Buckle felt the the hosts' second goal came at a vital stage in the match.

Knott's effort - a close range tap-in after Mark Tyler had spilled a shot from Byron Bubb - restored the home side's lead and came minutes after Jon Shaw saw a header come back off the underside of the crossbar.

And that moment proved crucial according to the Hatters chief.

"It was a big moment in the game," Buckle said afterwards. "It was unbelievable that it didn't go in. Woking go up the other end and Mark knows he should hold it.

"99 times out of 100 Mark saves that and it came at a time when we had them on the back foot.

"At the time we were all over them and well on top. The goal gave Woking momentum and whenever we go behind it's always tough because we're such a big scalp for teams.

"We knew today was going to be a fight when we saw the pitch this morning and a mistake was all it took to lift Woking.

"Everything was going to plan but goals change games. It's a cliché, but it's true. 

"We've spoken in the dressing room about critical times in games. We've got show up at both ends but today we were well short of that."

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