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29 September 2018

Club News


29 September 2018

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Town boss Nathan Jones was frustrated at not seeing his side take all three points this afternoon as Charlton Athletic grabbed a last minute goal in a 2-2 draw at Kenilworth Road.

The visitors took the lead 23 minutes in when Tarique Fosu converted from the penalty spot, after referee Antony Goggins adjudged James Collins to have clipped the heels of Joe Aribo in the box. However, the replays show the contact took place outside the area.

Town equalised with 15 minutes to go when substitute Harry Cornick passed the ball through Jed Steer's legs, before James Collins thought he had scored the winner when he fired in from close range after Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu hit the post six minutes later.

However, there was to be late drama as the Addicks grabbed an equaliser - Chris Solly smashing it in from the edge of the box to ensure the spoils were shared.

Jones said: "It definitely is two points dropped. We were the better side, apart from late on, the last three or four minutes, right at the end when they were pushing everyone forward and had a few corners and so on. I felt we were the better side.

"We had an excellent first half. They got a goal, it's outside the box, it's not a penalty, it's a free-kick. We had some great play, some real good situations in and around the box, we just couldn't find the goal.

"Second half we started slowly, but then we picked up the pace and then we got in front and should have seen the game off. We should have killed it off with the chances we had. We should have just been a little bit more clinical in injury time and seen the game out."

Harry Cornick's introduction saw the Hatters begin their comeback as his clever runs helped open up Charlton, but the winger was guilty of wasting a couple of chances.

"We've got in behind them and carved them open, we're clean in two-against-one," Jones continued.

"We work with him all the time, that's the frustrating thing. Go across the keeper. He's put two in the stand, there's no goals in the stand. If you hit the stand you don't get a goal, not in this sport.

"That's what we keep saying to him and he's got to learn that. His all-round play is excellent, he's a threat, he's a danger. It's just that clinical edge, that's what has cost us today.

"They've been as clinical as us, but we had far more opportunities and that's the thing that is hurting us at the minute. We're showing we're a really good side. We can compete, we can play. We've just got to not give silly goals away and just be a bit more professional late on."

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