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NATHAN JONES ON THE 2-0 WIN OVER PORT VALE

12 September 2017

Town boss Nathan Jones felt his side were "excellent" in their 2-0 win over Port Vale at Kenilworth Road this evening.

The Hatters took the lead when Ben Whitfield inadvertently fired the ball past his own keeper just after the half hour mark, before Jack Stacey netted his first goal for the Hatters early in the second half from a fantastic counter attack after being set on his way by Man of the Match Alan McCormack.

The result moves the Town up to ninth place with 11 points from seven games.
Jones said: "It was a difficult night in terms of the conditions with the wind and the rain. We needed to bounce back from the weekend – it was a difficult game at the weekend going down to ten men because that changed the game.

"Tonight though I thought we were very professional. We had to defend our box well because of the wind and they put a lot of balls in the box from all angles and I thought we defended fantastically well, my keeper was excellent. My back four defended very well and on the counter attack we could have had a few more.

"We have faltered in games that everyone expects us to win and there's not too many that they don't, but the games we are we sometimes come unstuck. Maybe that's a psychological thing because there's not anything that we do differently, but tonight I thought we were professional.

"They were a difficult side to play against, they have got some real size and they're very direct. They demand a lot from you, they ask questions, physical questions, as do a lot of sides in this league. I thought we dealt with them excellently and I thought we were excellent."


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