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12 August 2019

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Town boss Graeme Jones feels his side are still adapting to Championship football, having taken a point from their opening two games in the second tier this season.

A 2-1 defeat to Cardiff on Saturday followed a 3-3 draw with Middlesbrough, leaving the Hatters in 17th at this early stage.

Speaking about Saturday’s game, Jones said: “I think there was disappointment with the result, but we were in yesterday and I think it helps to flush the mind and the body. We quickly turn our attention to the Ipswich game which you have to, we had a really important training session here yesterday and a warm-down for the players that played against Cardiff. That’s this league though, you don’t have time to look backwards, you have to look forwards and that’s what we have done.

“I have been through the game – it takes an awful long time, going into microscopic detail, but I think that’s where the real work is. I think the progress – we still made progress when I look back at the game, but there’s still small detail that’s cost us and that’s what I have to address.”

There were many pleasing aspects of the Town’s performance at the Cardiff City Stadium, with Jones’ team seeing 63 per cent of the possession – but the boss is wanting plenty of improvement.

“It was pleasing [to have plenty of possession], but it didn’t get us anything,” he explained. “It’s a principal of our play, we want the ball. I think if you’ve got the ball, the opposition haven’t and they’ve got less chance of scoring and you’ve got more chance. That’s always been my priority, to have the ball in games, so I was pleased with that but it has to count for something.

“If I am honest, it only really counted for something when Cardiff scored, there was a change in mentality which I spoke about – an adapting phase to this league. I want that adapting phase to finish today, but you have to be realistic when you’re dealing with human beings and we’re still in that period. Tomorrow night will help that period, but right at the beginning, all I asked for was let’s be competitive and we have been so far.

“I think we take risks the way we play right from the beginning, if you think about leaving numbers up the pitch – it’s a mentality. It’s Cardiff, it’s ex-Premier League, there’s a mental step to take. I think we did for 30 minutes, in-between both goals I think we dominated with possession and we were a threat, so we’re working towards being able to do that for 90 minutes – not to do it for 30. But 30 is better than none.”

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