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11 November 2017

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Town boss Nathan Jones was "distraught" as his side conceded a late goal in the 2-2 draw at Cheltenham Town this afternoon.

The Hatters took the lead in the 11th minute when Dan Potts headed in from an Alan Sheehan corner, before the hosts responded just before the break through Jamie Grimes.

Substitute Elliot Lee netted with five minutes of normal time remaining in the second half, but with five minutes of added time played Will Boyle bundled home from close range to see the game end all square.

The result sees the Hatters slip to fourth, two points off Notts County who sit top of the table.

Jones said: "I'll paint the picture, they've got nine six-footers in their team. Every time it goes dead they get it in our box. Every time it goes out of play it goes in your box. What we said was be clinical, we will have opportunities, counters, take them and we could be out of sight. We have had enough chances to win the game. My pre-match thing was 'are we better than last year?' and we made the same mistakes as last year.

"Just see the game out, just see the game out and we didn't. We didn't do enough. We didn't have that killer instinct and I am really disappointed. Maidstone had less chances than us last week and won 4-2 here. If we had any amount of clinical edge we would have been out of sight and then their goal would have been a consolation at the end. Credit it to them, but I am angry and I am distraught.

"There's lots of positives, there really is, the way we dealt with the aerial threat most of the time. But at the moment it's difficult to think. I feel like I did against Blackpool, that's happened too much and it can't keep happening. I am distraught, because it's come out of nothing. We have had to work so hard on our structure, our attacking play, we then allow that to happen [the late equaliser]."

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