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NATHAN JONES ON THE DRAW AT NEWPORT COUNTY

21 March 2017

The gaffer

Town boss Nathan Jones felt his side were naïve in their performance at Rodney Parade as they drew 1-1 with Newport County.

The Hatters took the lead through Danny Hylton as he converted from the penalty spot after just five minutes when he was brought down, but the hosts levelled the game through a well taken free-kick by Sean Rigg.

The result leaves the Hatters in fifth place with 60 points.

Jones said: “I am disappointed really with the result. We came here, it’s a horrific pitch, it’s a difficult place to come to and get any fluency.

“We picked a side to battle. We got off to a great start. And then we were the victims of our own downfall if I am honest. Not downfall, but we drew the game because we were a bit naïve in the end in a lot of ways and we keep making the same errors. It’s a bit frustrating.

“In the first half we were poor all over. We didn’t win our first headers, we didn’t get on seconds. We didn’t stick to the game plan, we were nowhere near.

“We should have had a penalty just on half-time, it’s a clear-cut penalty, absolutely clear cut. But that’s the only chances we had of any note in the first half.

“Second half we changed things, we were more on the front foot. We had some opportunities and some play, but I think a draw is a fair result and credit to Newport, they battled for their life. We showed plenty of endeavour, but we were naïve tonight, really naïve.”


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