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NATHAN JONES ON THE GOALKEEPING SITUATION

6 April 2017

The gaffer has Moore and King to choose from this weekend

Town boss Nathan Jones was in a reflective mood about his current goalkeeping situation after Matt Macey was recalled from his loan at Kenilworth Road by parent club Arsenal.

The 22-year-old is the second keeper to have been recalled whilst on loan with the Hatters this season, following on from Christian Walton’s early departure from Jones’ team after he had to return to Brighton & Hove Albion on transfer deadline day in January.

The gaffer accepts that recalls come with the territory of taking players on loan from clubs when he was questioned in his press conference today on the keeper decision he faces this weekend when Town take on Barnet.

He said: “We are having plenty of luck, it’s just clubs that are loaning us aren’t having the luck. But there’s nothing we can do.

“It’s the risk you take when you take loan goalkeepers. We have had some real good ones in terms of Christian, who was worth the gamble but then he was called back. Then the same happened with Matt.

“We can’t fathom that two top goalkeepers at Arsenal were going to get injured and the fourth choice was going to get called up.”

The Welshman explained that he prepared for the situation by bringing in both Macey and Stuart Moore on deadline day, then sending Craig King out on loan to National League side Southport. With 20-year-old King recalled this week, he and the Reading loanee can fight it out for a place in the starting XI.

“It’s something that we can’t really help, it’s unfortunate,” he continued. “That’s why we brought in two and we loaned Craig King out for match experience. So we have got two very capable goalkeepers.

“Craig has had match experience, so he’s ready. He’s an option. But that’s why we brought two in, so we wouldn’t be left exposed.

“We brought Stuart in to play, he’s had a bit more time to settle now. Matt settled quicker, that’s why he got the nod early on, but now there’s two more competing.”

Last weekend’s 1-0 win over Blackpool saw the Hatters revert to a 3-5-2 formation they used earlier on in the season, and Jones was asked whether he will deploy similar tactics this weekend.

He said: “It’s a slight tweak on a diamond, so whatever we play we won’t vary too much from what we work on week-in week-out. We are very proficient in two systems.

“We work the diamond or we work the 3-5-2. There’s a lot of similarities in both, it’s just slight tweaks on our starting points.

“Whatever team we chose to put out there is one that we think will win the game.”

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