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4 January 2020

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Hatters boss Graeme Jones felt that the 4-0 scoreline in this evening’s defeat to AFC Bournemouth flattered the hosts.

Having gone 1-0 down early on, Town had the opportunity to level from the penalty spot just before half-time, but captain Alan Sheehan slipped as he struck the ball and saw his effort bounce back into play off the crossbar.

The Cherries went onto score three second half goals, with Jones wanting to focus on the time before the second goal.

He explained: “I think obviously we knew Bournemouth want possession of the ball and it’s very difficult to take a Premier League side on in that area. We set-up for the counter and we had a great chance with Harry, it’s only Harry who can really get us there.

“You need to score that and then you get a second bite of the cherry with the penalty. Alan’s standing foot goes and we don’t score and I think that was the key moment in the game if we wanted to win it.

“I prefer to look at the first 67 minutes because this is a Premier League side and 4-0 is a result that flatters them to an extent. We had good chances and good opportunities from the game and those moments you have to score and we didn’t, from that point on it was difficult.

“We don’t have an Under-23s or reserve team and I’ve got a lot of good professionals who we need to find out about for the run-in. We’ve got 20 games left now in the Championship and tonight was an opportunity for that.

“I still think we were reasonably competitive in the game, I think we picked up some players tonight which is a bonus, I thought Donervon’s performance was really, really positive.”

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