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17 October 2017

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Town boss Nathan Jones was delighted to see his side extend their unbeaten run to eight games as they toppled promotion chasing Exeter City 4-1 in their own back yard this evening.

James Collins gave his side in the opening ten minutes, before Jake Taylor equalised shortly after. Town had to weather a real bombardment from the Grecians as they looked to find Jayden Stockley and Reuben Reid and the Hatters were fortunate to go in level at the break.

The Hatters came out all guns blazing and shot into a 4-1 lead within ten minutes of the restart, with Dan Potts hammering in from close range before Danny Hylton fired home after cutting in from the right. Harry Cornick then rounded off the scoring after fantastic link-up on the left between Hylton and Collins, with the latter crossing in for the former Bournemouth man to head in from close range.

Jones said: "It was a game of two halves, we started quite badly, they hit the post in the opening minute. They could have been ahead comfortably at half-time. They were one dimensional but they were very direct in terms of getting it into Stockley, we hadn't seen that from them – they obviously worked on that.

"They hit diagonals and were trying to hit everything into our box. We had to weather a storm right up until half-time. We were very fortunate to go in at 1-1 at the break, so credit to Paul Tisdale's team.

"Then we came out and showed what we are about. We had a devastating ten-minute period, then the game is done. We can do that, we know that.

"We will learn from the first half, we couldn't handle the directness of Exeter and the real physicality of Jayden Stockley. We couldn't deal with it, we had to change shape. Tactically we were good and then second half, no problem.

"It was good for Harry Cornick [to get the goal], because we get in that position normally – 15 times a game – but we don't always pick out the right man. It was quite an open first half. We still had chances, but they were the better side, I'll make no bones about that. But second half once we had tweaked stuff, we came out and that's what we are about – a real attacking threat.

"We have played teams around us [and beat them] – Accrington were above us, so were Exeter – Newport and Stevenage were in and around the play-off places, so to do that to another promotion hopeful is wonderful."

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