Jones off the mark to tame the Stags

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Tim Mor­riss

ROOKIE boss Nathan Jones cel­e­brated his first win in his se­cond match in charge of Lu­ton – the Hat­ters’ first ever in the league at the Stags – and promised there was more to come.

Jones, who made six changes, saw the vis­i­tors con­trol the match af­ter scor­ing goals at the start of both halves through Paddy McCourt – his first for four matches – and Pelly Rud­dock, de­spite Mans­field dom­i­nat­ing pos­ses­sion.

“I am a very proud man­ager,” he said.“It’s two games, four points and two solid per­for­mances.

“But I think we can get bet­ter than that and this is only a start. So let’s not get car­ried away.

“I’ve got a group here who want to work. Their ap­pli­ca­tion has been ter­rific since I came in and I think we saw lit­tle bits of that.

“Our en­deav­our and ev­ery­thing we did was top notch.We could have passed it bet­ter and could have been slightly more flu­ent in some of our play. But it was a fan­tas­tic away per­for­mance.

“The changes were pretty much en­forced, the in­jury list has been un­be­liev­able. For­tu­nately the two tac­ti­cal changes we made came to fruition.”

Goals at the start of both halves put Lu­ton on course for their se­cond win in ten league games as Mans­field’s home hoodoo struck again.

The Stags, with just four wins at the One Call Sta­dium all sea­son, con­ceded in the first 15 min­utes for the fifth time in their last six home matches when McCourt side-footed in Cameron McGeehan’s sixth-minute cross from the by-line – Lu­ton’s first goal for 366 min­utes.

They rarely threat­ened an equaliser and nine min­utes into the se­cond half Rud­dock clev­erly turned debu­tant full-back Sean Ka­vanagh to fire Lu­ton’s se­cond into the roof of the net.

Two fine saves by home keeper Scott Shearer twice de­nied Cameron McGeehan fur­ther Lu­ton goals.

Mans­field strug­gled to cre­ate chances. Sub­sti­tute Adi Yus­suf headed their best op­por­tu­nity over from close range.

Dis­ap­pointed Stags man­ager Adam Mur­ray, whose side have just one win from seven matches, said: “It's be­com­ing a farce now the times we con­cede goals and the type of goal we’re con­ced­ing. It’s just a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence – same mis­takes, same er­rors.

“At times we looked like a team that doesn’t know what to do with pos­ses­sion and that’s where you look to your X-Fac­tor play­ers, your spark play­ers, to do some­thing.

“We are lack­ing a bit of fire in there at the minute. Things are not go­ing our way. But we have to keep graft­ing.

“The bot­tom line is they were bet­ter than us in vi­tal ar­eas.”



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