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26 December 2016

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Jones was frustrated with his side's defeat

Town boss Nathan Jones was left “distraught” after his side fell to a late defeat against Colchester United at Kenilworth Road.

After a slow opening 45 minutes, the Hatters really grew into the match in the second half and looked more likely to take the three points, but Craig Slater struck from 16 yards with less than ten minutes to go to sink the Town.

The Hatters retained their league position of fifth at the full-time whistle, but Portsmouth scored a late winner at Newport to put three points between themselves and Town.

Speaking after the match, the Town boss said: “I am distraught, I am devastated if I am being honest.

“I never felt we were in any danger whatsoever throughout the game and then we have gone to sleep on a set play, second phase and they have gone home with the three points.

“Credit to them, they are in decent form, but I never felt we were under any pressure whatsoever.

“We missed a great chance with Johnny Mullins, we had a lot of good situations, we controlled most of the game and went to sleep on just one set play and it has cost us.

“No matter what side we play, everyone has to go out and perform and today I didn’t feel we were under any pressure.

“It was a Boxing Day game, you get a lot of freak results. We looked solid, We defended well, we have just gone to sleep in the second phase and they have scored.

“Apart from the Owen Garvan chance, they haven’t had an opportunity, so it’s disappointing from our point of view.” 

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