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NATHAN JONES ON HIS SIDE'S "DOMINANT" PERFORMANCE AGAINST WALSALL

20 October 2018

Town boss Nathan Jones felt his side were dominant as they cruised to a 2-0 victory over Walsall at Kenilworth Road this afternoon.

Unbeaten on their travels this campaign heading into the game, Dean Keates' side went behind 19 minutes in when Glen Rea bundled the ball over the line from close range, before Jorge Grant's excellent free-kick ten minutes after the restart ensured the Hatters made it seven Sky Bet League One games unbeaten at home.

Jones said: "I thought we were dominant from start to finish. After last week when we were slightly second best to a good Barnsley side, I thought today we were outstanding from start to finish.

"We asked for a reaction because I wasn't happy with a lot of things – I could have come out and said we were unlucky and we could have nicked a point from it, in all seriousness we could have done that. We were the away side so we had no right to dominate and they're a very good side. But I felt for where we want to be, we were off it.

"Then today we responded in magnificent fashion, these are a very good side, especially away from home. They were above us in the league, they had the best away defensive record – only conceded seven. We could have had three, four or five today. The chances we missed, I thought there keeper was outstanding. I am delighted."

Rea's goal capped off a superb performance in the engine room in midfield, as he helped the Town keep their third clean sheet of the campaign.

"He wasn't his usual self at Barnsley and it would have been quite easy for me to bring Alan McCormack back in," Jones continued. "But they earn trust and earn the odd off day. They earn that because I know they're going to respond and they did.

"I have got a good enough squad to have made wholesale changes today and I could have made a kneejerk reaction, but I didn't and it proved. It's good to have Danny back, Glen Rea was outstanding, but he was a part of a real good defensive display today from start to finish."


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