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25 March 2017

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Jones was disappointed with his side's first half performance

Hatters boss Nathan Jones said his side’s second half performance in their 2-1 defeat to Colchester United gave him heart, after a lacklustre opening 45 minutes gave them a mountain to climb at the Weston Homes Community Stadium this afternoon.

A Chris Porter double gave the hosts a comfortable lead going in at the break, before Isaac Vassell’s late finish rewarded the Town for their endeavours in the second half.

The result sees the Hatters slip to sixth in Sky Bet League Two, with next weekend’s opponent’s Blackpool taking fifth spot.

The gaffer said: “First half we were nowhere near. It came out of the blue really, I didn’t anticipate a performance like that.

“We had no urgency, no real work rate, no aggression about us in the first half and then fundamentally we couldn’t defend crosses. They put three crosses in and should have scored from all three. They only scored from two of them praise the lord.

“We were way off first half. We asked for a bit more urgency and we were a different side in the second half. A totally different side.

“We could have salvaged something from the game, but when you’re 2-0 down it’s difficult to come back and get anything from the game.

“If we got the goal earlier, then maybe that one could have been the equaliser. From the first half performance we didn’t deserve anything. The second half gave me a little bit of heart, but we were way, way off today.”

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