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NATHAN JONES ON THE 3-1 WIN OVER MORECAMBE

6 May 2017

The result means Town will play Blackpool in the play-off semi-finals

Town boss Nathan Jones thought his side were “excellent” as they ran out 3-1 winners over Morecambe at Kenilworth Road.

A pair of strikes from substitute Jack Marriott after Isaac Vassell had given Town the lead in the first half secured the Hatters their third successive victory for the first time this season.

A fourth-placed finish means Jones’ team will now take on Blackpool in the play-off semi-finals, after a particularly hectic day in Sky Bet League Two.

Jones said: “I thought we were excellent. The way that we went about the game was more pleasing than anything. We showed that we are self-motivated. It was intrinsic the motivation we had and I am pleased with that.

“Overall I am very pleased. First half I thought we were very good, we got the goal. Possibly with the amount of the game we should have been further ahead. So I was very pleased with the first half.

“Second half again we came out sloppy and allowed them through our own mistakes back into the game. We made it a little bit difficult for ourselves. Then we picked it up immediately and when we brought Jack Marriott on we had a real cutting edge.”

The Town could have won even more convincingly, with left-back Dan Potts especially getting his head on several corners throughout the 90 minutes and Glen Rea having a second-half header ruled out for an infringement.

“Dan is an excellent attacker of the ball,” said Jones. “At times we have others but when he has been available in recent weeks we have used him for that and in that role he was excellent. He defends really well and he is maturing.

“For one of the first times this season we have looked dangerous from set-plays and that was delivery, desire to get on the end and to be honest, we did score again, but I don’t know what the foul was for, apparently something was a foul.”

Vassell’s opener was his 13th for the season, and he tipped off a fine performance with an even more impressive celebration, following a cartwheel up with a backflip – although Jones wasn’t particularly impressed by his forward’s acrobatics.

“He won’t be doing that again, I can promise you that!” Jones insisted. “I had a player who did that, Kazenga LuaLua, and I am sure it took its toll because he had a couple of cartilage operations, so we will be curtailing that.

“Enjoy it, because if you want to see it again you’ll have to watch the replay on your phone, because I doubt he will be doing it again!” 


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