BOSS RAGES AS LATE GOAL STOPS LUTON GOING TOP
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
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