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NATHAN JONES ON THE 3-0 WIN OVER HARTLEPOOL

14 February 2017

The Hatters made it three home wins on the spin

Town boss Nathan Jones felt a scoreline of 3-0 didn’t flatter his side as the Hatters maintained their position of fourth in Sky Bet League Two with a convincing win over Hartlepool United at Kenilworth Road.

Danny Hylton gave the Town the lead within five minutes with a smart finish, before Luke Gambin doubled the advantage with 13 minutes gone with his first goal since signing in January.

Substitute Ollie Palmer also opened his account for the club as he fired home from close range in the latter stages to make it 3-0.

The teams around the Town also picked up points, which means the Hatters must wait until at least Saturday to see if they close the gap on third-placed Carlisle United, who beat league leaders Doncaster 2-1.

Jones was pleased with his side’s win, as they made it three victories on the bounce.  

He said: “I am delighted with the win. Look, we won it in the first 20, 25 minutes. The start we had was fantastic. We really played on the front foot and that’s what got us the win.

“We took the foot off the pedal a little bit really, we veered slightly from the game plan and then the second half was a little bit of a non-event until we brought Ollie Palmer on. Then we finished very, very strongly.

“Three-nil didn’t flatter us, and any win at home is really important now.”

Town’s impressive play in the opening period left the Hatters manager singing his side’s praises, but he wants his players to kill off games sooner.

“We played in their half, we got it into our front ones who can cause problems given that sort of space,” Jones continued.

“I think we needed a little bit more of a killer instinct about us and a bit more of a ruthless streak, and I would have liked it to be over by half-time.

“But I can’t be that arrogant or that presumptuous because they’re not a bad side, and I am glad we got the job done.”