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NATHAN JONES ON THE 1-1 DRAW WITH NEWPORT COUNTY AFC

17 March 2018

Town boss Nathan Jones was disappointed with his side for conceding early on for the second game in succession in the 1-1 draw at Newport County this afternoon.

Dan Potts' header brought the game level midway through the first half after Josh Sheehan had fired his side in front just two minutes in – the second time in four days that the Town have conceded early, after falling behind in the third minute at Coventry on Tuesday night.

The result leaves the Hatters in second, three points off leaders Accrington Stanley and five points clear of fourth-placed Wycombe.

Jones said: "It's not a bad point, but after you shoot yourself in the foot again after two minutes, you're chasing the game again.

"We can't seem to keep a clean sheet at the moment in terms of just giving ourselves an opportunity. We seem to be conceding first, which we haven't been doing all season, and then we're chasing the game again.

"I thought we were excellent first half, I really do. Apart from the first five minutes I thought we were excellent. We hit the bar, we had a number of chances. We played some really good stuff in some really difficult conditions.

"It was a really difficult day for conditions. It was blowing a gale, the pitch was dry and bobbly, it's not conducive really for anything free flowing, but I thought we were brave when we got it down.

"But that would have been a great win coming away 1-0 away from home, because it's a difficult place to come, especially in the conditions. But we shot ourselves in the foot after two minutes and then you've got an uphill battle again.

"In recent weeks we haven't kept clean sheets, so we thought we might need two to win it, so we played a really positive side. It was as positive a side as we could have gone with, with the attacking players in my team.

"We did score, but we gave ourselves a mountain to climb in the first two minutes and that's the disappointing thing from today, because that would be a great 1-0 win."


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