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GRAEME JONES ON THE DEFEAT TO CHARLTON ATHLETIC

22 February 2020

Hatters boss Graeme Jones felt that James Collins’ offside goal was wrongly chalked off and was the turning point in the 2-1 defeat to Charlton this afternoon.

Having gone 1-0 down from Lyle Taylor’s low effort, Harry Cornick equalised immediately after. Collins converted from the former Bournemouth forward’s cross to seemingly make it 2-1 in the second half, only for the linesman to rule it out for offside.

Taylor would go onto score from the penalty spot, before George Lapslie grabbed a third to seal the win.

Jones said: “I’ve got no complaints with the lads, the big moment in the game was our offside goal which we’ve looked at and it wasn’t. They are huge decisions and it was given against Luton again which I don’t like, because at 2-1 you’re in the ascendency and then Collo obviously gives a silly penalty away, we’re chasing the game, take Glen off to try and get an extra attacker on the pitch and we concede a third goal.

“That was the story of the day, no complaints with the players in terms of effort and having the temperament to play but the game today, if there was ever a game that swung on a big decision, that was it.

“We’re in a really good moment, I think if we had gone 2-1 up we understand how to control football matches.

We would have probably fallen back into pattern like we had against Middlesbrough last week where we controlled the game on and off the ball and I would have been very, very confident at 2-1.

“The first two goals for them are two mistakes from us and the game swings on one moment. We’ve scored two goals from open play today and they’re legitimate, call it luck or judgement or whatever you want, they need to go your way.

“Everybody needs to take responsibility, I’ve known Andre (Marriner) for years and the linesman are Premier League officials and my disappointment is we got a huge decision wrong.”


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