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BOSS RAGES AS LATE GOAL STOPS LU­TON GO­ING TOP

Sunday Mirror - - FOWLER ROBBIE - By TOM HOP­KIN­SON at Whad­don Road By NEIL MOXLEY at the Ri­coh Arena

LU­TON boss Nathan Jones was fu­ri­ous af­ter his “naive” Hat­ters con­ceded a stop­page-time equaliser that kept them off top spot.

Goals from Dan Potts and El­liot Lee, the sons of for­mer West Ham stars Steve Potts and Rob Lee, ei­ther side of Ashley Grimes’s goal, looked to have earned a vic­tory which would have lifted Lu­ton above Notts County on goal dif­fer­ence.

But deep into added-on time Chel­tenham keeper Scott Flin­ders bombed for­ward for a cor­ner. And his header was prod­ded home by Wil­liam Boyle to earn the home side a share of the spoils.

The goal put a smile back on the faces of the Whad­don Road faith­ful af­ter last week­end’s hu­mil­i­at­ing FA Cup exit at the hands of Na­tional League Maid­stone. And it wiped the smile from Jones’s face with the Lu­ton gaffer clearly fum­ing with his side.

He said: “It’s harsh but we were naive. Near enough ev­ery one of their play­ers is over 6ft and you have to Pos­ses­sion 53% 47% Shots On Tar­get 4 3 Shots Off Tar­get 3 7 Blocked Shots 1 0 Cor­ners 4 4 Fouls Con­ceded 10 12 Off­sides 0 3 Yel­low Cards 0 2 Red Cards 0 0 cope with the on­slaught. They throw it in the box. There’s no flow in the game and we have to deal with it.

“So when we got in front we had to see the game out and we didn’t do it.

“It was dis­ap­point­ing.”

Lu­ton took the lead when Potts headed home Alan Shee­han’s cross and the vis­i­tors should have had more goals with Glen Rea and Harry Cor­nick wast­ing chances.

Chel­tenham’s equaliser was messy with Grimes fi­nally get­ting the touch that turned so home Jerell Sel­lars’ low cen­tre late in the first half.

And it wasn’t un­til late in the sec­ond pe­riod that Lee looked to have set­tled mat­ters with a scrappy goal of his own.

But then Flin­ders raced for­ward to get his head on Sel­lars’ cor­ner and Boyle did the rest.

Chel­tenham boss Gary John­son said: “We de­served at least a draw and it shows great char­ac­ter and courage. You have to be brave against these teams. It was a great bat­tle.” IT’S NOT of­ten that any man­ager feels sorry for the op­po­si­tion goal­keeper, but Steve Evans found him­self in that po­si­tion.

The Stags’ boss lav­ished praise on match­win­ner Alex Mac­Don­ald af­ter his su­perb 25-yarder de­feated the Sky Blues’ Lee Burge.

The 27-year-old winger thumped the ball home with six min­utes left to leave the 1,500 trav­el­ling fans in rap­tures.

Evans said: “I hon­estly felt sorry for Coventry’s keeper. It was a great strike.

“I’ve just watched it back and it moves twice in the air. The keeper didn’t know

BOYLE IN THE BAG Chel­tenham cel­e­brate Wil­liam Boyle’s late lev­eller to leave Lu­ton stunned and deny them top spot CHEL­TENHAM LU­TON REF­EREE

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