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NATHAN JONES' VERDICT ON THE NEWPORT WIN

Hatters gaffer delighted by 3-1 win over the Exiles at Kenilworth Road

30 September 2017

Hatters boss Nathan Jones spoke of his delight at seeing his side make it five games unbeaten with a 3-1 victory at home to Newport County AFC this afternoon.

Alan Sheehan’s 12th-minute free-kick found its way in at the far post before Danny Hylton added two more before half-time to set Jones’ side well on their way to a fourth win in that sequence.

Jones said: “I’m thoroughly delighted with the result, first and foremost. The performance I thought was excellent, especially first half where I thought we were really on the front foot, and had a great cutting edge about us, and I think we saw the game out very well.

“They came into it for about a 15-minute period after they scored, and we know they put you under pressure. They put a mountain of people in the box, they put the ball in your box from everywhere, so we knew we’d have to come under pressure and we’d have to defend well.

“Apart from one chance that went past the post, we dealt with that.

“But apart from that I thought our attacking play was first class and we were a real, real threat.”

Jones felt the scoreline should have been more emphatic, just as it should have been in last week’s 1-0 win over Chesterfield and at Morecambe in midweek, when the Town created 19 chances but drew 0-0.

“I still think we could have been more clinical,” said Jones. “Without being disrespectful to anyone, the amount of opportunities we got in behind them, and in their box, testing the keeper, who pulled off a wonderful save from young Cornick.

“But with the amount of opportunities we actually got in, it was wonderful. It was scintillating football at times without using the wrong adjective or an over-exaggeration. I thought at times our play was first, first class. I’m pleased with that.

“Then second half, we came out and wanted to get the first goal. We didn’t manage that, so we had to see the game out, but again, in the second half we had a number of opportunities.

“Just before they scored we had a great little counter-attack that only required a little bit of cleverness and we would have won more comfortably.

“I’m happy with the performance, I’m happy with the win and I’m happy to finish the month in good fashion.”

The Town remain fifth with every other team above them winning, apart from top-of-the-table Notts County, whose lead over the Hatters has been cut to four points. Accrington, who host Jones’ side next Saturday, are two points above the Town in third.

“They say leagues take shape after 15 games so we know where we are, but a lot of people are in good form and a lot of people are winning games, so we’ve just got to make sure that we keep doing that,” added Jones. “All we can do is worry about ourselves and keep winning the games that we have.

“We were slightly disappointed not to win the game against Morecambe in midweek, but we can’t win everything and if someone had said five games ago that we’d have won four out of five, then I’d have bitten their hand off, so I’m delighted.”


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