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GRAEME JONES ON THE 2-0 WIN OVER MARITIMO

24 July 2019

Town boss Graeme Jones said he is learning which players he can trust after today’s 2-0 win over Portuguese side C.S. Maritimo.

The Hatters were in impressive form as goals from Harry Cornick and James Collins secured the victory.

Jones’ team are next in action this Saturday, when they face Norwich City at Kenilworth Road.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted, I don’t know what the temperature is, but it’s very, very hot, so we had that variable against us. Tactically Maritimo were a real test, different shapes even within the game. We knew that leading into it.

“I was really pleased with the players’ understanding. Maritimo finished seventh in the top tier of Portuguese football last season, so individually they’re going to hurt you, collectively they’re going to hurt you and what I loved about our performance was our tactical ability, to carry out our plan, to deal with their plan, but also Maritimo tried to mix it up at times and these boys were up for it no problem.


“Today was really satisfying, because you start earning trust, you start learning which players you can trust, who can do the job with resilience for 90 minutes. So overall, I am really, really happy.

“It was a measurement of the pre-season work – to implement your technical and tactical plan, to make sure we’re physically up to the level and then ultimately when you play against a team like Maritimo and then you play against Norwich, you know where you are.

“Today I was incredibly satisfied with what I saw and I feel like all of the work from the last four weeks went into that one performance.”


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