Buckle not panicking after Town draw a blank

Town boss Paul Buckle refused to blame his strikers after Town suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at home to nine-man AFC Telford yesterday, writes Mike Simmonds.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 26th August 2012, 7:40 am

Luton dominated virtually the whole game in terms of possession, but try as they might, couldn’t find a way through.

Although Jon Shaw put a one-on-one straight at keeper Ryan Young, while Stuart Fleetwood hit the bar late on, there were precious little attempts on target, which was the one criticism for Buckle.

He said: “The last thing you can do is have a go at them, slaughter them for missing chances.

“You can’t do that, because that would be wrong and in my experience you don’t do that. We’re creating loads of chances, we looked bright and kept going to the very end.

“How we didn’t hit the back of the net I don’t know, but the only disappointing thing was we didn’t really work the keeper.”

“We were guilty of missing chances. Jon had chances, Scott Rendell had chances, Fleets hit the bar.

“We know how important the first goal is at Luton. The effort was there, sometimes (not scoring) that happens, it hasn’t happened a lot to us so far as it’s been all very positive.”

Buckle rang the changes once more during the match, taking off on-loan Brighton midfielder Yaser Kasim at half time for Greg Taylor, while introducing Andre Gray early in the second period too.

Gray was once more a handful but snatched at a few very presentable opportunities as Luton slipped to ninth in the table.

The boss said: “You’ve got to be fair to the people on the bench. It’s a really hard league, we want to play at a high tempo, it’s exciting the way we play and we take chances.

“Yaser was slightly off it, he wanted too much time with and without the ball and it can’t be like that.

“It was a tactical change and it worked as we had them penned in the whole of the second half.

“I can’t ask any more from the players in terms of workrate and endeavour, it was just a bit of quality in the 18-yard box.”

On the decisions to send off Town’s Ronnie Henry and AFC Telford’s Daniel Preson and Jake Reid late on, Buckle added: “I’m not comfortable commenting on those sort of things, I just let the referee get on with it.”

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