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Watch | Nathan Jones' verdict on loss against West Brom

14 August 2021

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Manager Nathan Jones wanted more from his players following the 3-2 defeat against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns this afternoon.

The hosts took a commanding two-goal lead into the break and added a third goal just after the hour mark, but the Hatters fought back following the head injury to Jordan Clark and mounted a good comeback attempt.

Unfortunately, after goals from Harry Cornick and Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu, a third goal proved elusive, but the gaffer was more disappointed with what he had seen beforehand.

“For the last 20 minutes, we were the side we wanted to be when we came here. Before that, I was a little bit embarrassed to be honest because I didn’t prepare the team to do that.

“I take responsibility but we didn’t win headers, we lost headers in our own box and we have talked about starting games well, about not conceding in the first 15 minutes and then our centre-half, who is probably our best header of the ball in the team, because we have five missing.

“Potts, Rea, Bradley, Burke and Lockyer all missing, that is all your centre-halves missing, people you rely on at set-plays to head the ball. We were always under the cosh but they didn’t have to work that hard to do it.”

Jones also provided an update on Jordan Clark, who suffered a concussion after a clash with Sam Johnstone.

“He is conscious. It is a concussion injury so it will be at least seven days. He was brave, too brave for his own good, it didn’t look good but he is conscious and that is the main thing.

“The way goalkeepers are allowed to come out, someone of Jordan’s stature is already on the back foot, but it's no foul and no blame to Sam Johnstone. it is just when keepers are allowed to come out, if a player came out like that it would be a red card, but it is just unfortunate. He was too brave for his own good and that is the boy he is.”


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