Jones felt wasteful Hatters paid the price at Stevenage

Hatters boss Nathan Jones felt his side paid the price for not taking their chances and producing a poor second half display as they lost 2-1 at Stevenage yesterday.

Sunday, 21st August 2016, 8:02 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 5:59 pm
Hatters boss Nathan Jones

Town had gone into the lead through Cameron McGeehan’s deflected strike on 15 minutes and were firmly in control at the break.

However, the visitors went on to miss a number of chances, including striker Danny Hylton fluffing a one-on-one opportunity, as Boro hit back in the second half to level through Connor Hunte and then win it at the death when Matt Godden scored.

Jones said: “I’m a little bit disappointed at the end that we’ve lost the game, obviously, I thought we did everything to try and win the game away from home.

“The first half we should have been out of sight, it should have been a lot more comfortable. We’ve missed chances, but that’s football, you have to take them, have to be clinical.

“To come away from home, to dominate how we did I was very pleased. We know they’ve got a long throw and play to things like that, but I just felt we weren’t really at it second half, came off it a little bit and that’s what cost us.

“They had to change to handle us, made changes at half time to rectify the situation, but I just felt second half we weren’t anywhere near where we need to be.

“We still had chances, still had shots on goal to maybe have got something out of the game, but it was a little bit more even.

“They came out a little bit better than us, and got the goal and it was just a little bit disappointing with the goal.

“We got overloaded again, I don’t know why, so I’ll have to have a look at that again.

“But we kept pushing, kept pushing and both sets hit the post, they hit the bar, we hit the bar, so a bit end to end, we went to try and win the game but ended up losing it.”

The manner in which Hatters caught out was a frustration to Jones too as from Olly Lee’s wonderful curling effort hitting the bar, Boro went straight down the other end to win it as Luton were caught short at the back.

He continued: “We were going for it, we wanted to win the game, we want to win games.

“If you want to do something you’ve got to win games, they just caught us with the sucker punch at the end.”

Jones also also disappointed for Town’s huge away following too, with Hatters having almost half the 3,517 in attendance.

He added: “The fans were superb again, it was a massive, unbelievable turn out, we knew we would get that because of the locality of the game, but they were superb.

“I’m just disappointed we couldn’t give them the win, because I felt we deserved more from the game. Our first half performance was outstanding, but then we got caught with the sucker punch.”