Seething Jones not swayed by re­vival

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ross Jack­son

LU­TON man­ager Nathan Jones was left frus­trated and dis­ap­pointed de­spite a dra­matic stop­page-time Olly Lee win­ner earn­ing his side three points at York City.

Af­ter a dread­ful first half, Lu­ton grasped the ini­tia­tive through Cameron McGeehan’s 52nd-minute header, from a pin-point Danny Green cor­ner.

But the hosts, putting in a spir­ited se­cond-half dis­play, fought back to level as Bradley Few­ster stepped off the bench to score a 63rd-minute tapin fol­low­ing a woe­fully short Stephen O’Don­nell back­pass which left goal­keeper Mark Tyler stranded.

The game had sprung into life by this point, with Jack Mar­riott flick­ing the vis­i­tors back in front in the 74th minute be­fore Few­ster slot­ted home his sixth league goal of the cam­paign eight min­utes later, seem­ingly to earn the hosts a point.

But one fi­nal act saw Lee go on a mazy, un­chal­lenged run be­fore fir­ing low into the cor­ner to send the vis­it­ing fans be­hind the goal into rap­tures.

Yet de­spite a joy­ous end to the game, Jones cut a frus­trated fig­ure, lam­bast­ing his side’s per­for­mance as “nowhere near” the stan­dard he ex­pects.

“I am de­lighted be­cause we won the game, but that is nowhere near good enough,” said Jones.

“The win has masked it but that is as bad as we have played. In terms of en­ergy, in terms of how we moved the ball and how we went about our work, that’s prob­a­bly as bad as it’s been.

“It was a poor first half. They lacked en­ergy, any real de­sire, any know-how in their play and we’re bet­ter than that. I know we’re bet­ter than that be­cause I work with them ev­ery day and I‘ve seen it in games.

“We looked a medi­ocre team and we’re not go­ing to be a medi­ocre team.” Af­ter wit­ness­ing his side throw away price­less points in the bat­tle to avoid the drop, Min­ster­men boss Jackie McNa­mara be­lieved mis­takes proved costly, de­spite a Few­ster brace seem­ingly earn­ing York at least a share of the spoils. “Three mis­takes have cost us three goals,” said the Scot.

“One from a cor­ner, one is switch­ing off from a throw-in. And the third one is a poor one. That’s the dis­ap­point­ing thing; it is all pre­ventable.

“We put in a lot of work and ef­fort get­ting back into the game. To con­cede a goal like that to lose a game is very frus­trat­ing.

“For me it is points wasted when we should be get­ting out of trou­ble. We have only got our­selves to blame for the last few goals that we have lost.”

STAR MAN BRADL

EY FREWS

TER York

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