Jones brands Bees defeat a ‘horrible game of football’

Paul Benson tussles for possession against Barnet
Paul Benson tussles for possession against Barnet
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Luton Town boss Nathan Jones labelled his side’s 2-1 defeat at Barnet on Easter Monday as a ‘horrible game of football’.

The Hatters saw their increasingly unlikely play-off hopes take another blow after conceding a last minute penalty that John Akinde confidently stroked past Jonathan Mitchell.

“It was a slow, lethargic, grinding, monotonous, horrible game of football, a horrible game of football.”

Nathan Jones

However, Jones was hugely critical of the way the Bees had gone about the game, particularly their quite blatant gamesmanship tactics even before taking the lead through Luke Gambin’s fine strike.

He said: “I’ve got to be honest, I can’t criticise officials and we’ve got to be careful with what we say, but the game management from some people out there wasn’t good.

“It was a slow, lethargic, grinding, monotonous, horrible game of football, a horrible game of football.

“We knew what it would be like, how they play, what they do, it was a horrible game but I thought we stood up to it for the majority.

“Not many come here and (win) as it’s a horrible place to come, it’s horrible.

“The way the game goes, it’s slow, takes an age to get things back into play, keeper is taking hours, so we stood up to that, and just a few decisions cost us.

“It’s not pretty, so we’ve got to come here and try and do the job, but three bad decisions cost us in a horrible, horrible game.”

That view was echoed by Hatters goalscorer Cameron McGeehan though, as on Barnet’s style of football, he said: “They’re a horrible team to play against, they lump everything in the box, it’s not pretty.

“So we’ve got to come here and try and do the job as it’s ugly to watch, but they’re a successful team in doing it.

“They keep themselves in the division every year by doing that, so it’s tough.

“We knew what it was going to be before the game though and when we scored we were back into it and looked to go and win it, but sloppy defending for both goals has cost us.”