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NATHAN JONES POST GRIMSBY TOWN DRAW

4 February 2017

The Hatters stay in fifth after taking a point at Blundell Park

Town boss Nathan Jones was left frustrated after his side failed to take all three points away in a draw against Grimsby Town at Blundell Park.

The hosts took the lead through a Chris Clements header after 56 minutes, before Isaac Vassell scored his third goal in as many games to draw the match level with 13 minutes of normal time to play.

The Hatters won a penalty in the 94th minute after Gavin Gunning handled in the Grimsby 18-yard area, but Town top scorer Danny Hylton’s effort from spot was saved by Mariners keeper James McKeown.

Speaking to lutontown.co.uk, Jones said: “After 95 minutes I am disappointed because obviously with a late penalty you think, well, ok you can win it.

“I think it was pretty much an even game, we were nowhere near where needed to be first half. The intensity levels we had were nowhere near, we didn’t put them under any real danger or anything.

“Second half we didn’t start particularly well, I was going to change stuff, but I couldn’t get the change on. Then they scored.

“We didn’t defend it properly, we didn’t defend the box well enough, and then we scored.

“There was only one team then who were going to go on and do anything.

“We got the goal, we were pushing. We had chance after chance to have won the game. Then obviously you think you’re winning it when you have the penalty, but we missed the penalty.

“Look, Danny has been brilliant for me, he has scored all his penalties. He has been absolutely outstanding, but that’s a missed opportunity for us today.” 


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