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Watch | Nathan Jones reacts to Middlesbrough defeat

5 March 2022

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Manager Nathan Jones was left frustrated after his injury-hit side fell to a 2-1 defeat against Middlesbrough this afternoon.

The home side scored a goal in either half before Harry Cornick added a consolation in added time as the Hatters’ three-game winning streak in the Sky Bet Championship came to an end at the Riverside Stadium.

Sharing his assessment after the game, Jones said: “We got overrun a little bit and we weren’t us first half. It was a bit puzzling because I made changes and kept them fresh for this game but they didn’t respond. Second half we came out of the traps and we were better, we had enough chances to get back into the game but we didn’t.

“We then defended poorly for the one half-chance they had in the second half and we conceded. It was a really frustrating afternoon, the only time we troubled was when Elijah did what he normally does and we score, but it’s just too late. I was frustrated with decisions, the flow of the game and how we played.”

Reacting to the three injuries sustained throughout the 90 minutes, the gaffer added: “When we make changes we make them for a reason. We’ve had problems in central midfield in terms of injuries so people have had to do big shifts.

“Gabe wouldn’t have played midweek or today if we had everyone available. Bezza isn’t ready for 90 minutes, Clark isn’t ready for 90 minutes and Snodgrass isn’t ready. We have Pelly out and Henri has only just come back so it’s a big ask.”

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