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Gary: I'm proud of the boys

24 February 2018

Boss Gary Johnson hailed his players after his side's 2-2 draw with league leaders Luton Town.

Goals by Joe Morrell and Mo Eisa, his 18th of a memorable campaign, handed the Robins a two-goal lead at Kenilworth Road but the home side salvaged a point deep into injury time to take a share of the spoils.

"After the game I just said to the players to not walk off as if they'd lost the game. They hadn't lost the game and they put in a terrific performance at Kenilworth Road," he said.

"There aren't too many teams that come here and frustrate the crowd and I was proud of the boys because they put in a lot of effort.

"Of course it's going to be disappointing when you left a two-goal lead slip but a point here is good for any team in this league and I thought we played some good football at times. Every point you get here is a good point.

"I thought the work rate was brilliant and we created chances. This was our best football game in a while and I thanked the supporters and I don't want them to be down about it.

"You got to look at the calibre of team you're playing and they're the best team in the league but they don't like playing against us.

"It's about the next few games as well. We had to show that we can compete and we did that.

"The boys had a bit more confidence in themselves today. Both their goals came from dubious free-kicks so they didn't open us in general play necessarily. The confidence, movement and work rate was the difference today."

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Luton Town manager Nathan Jones was disappointed after the match, ruing his side's poor run of form against Gary Johnson's team.

"I've never beaten these. They've come here and somehow done a job on us.

"Last year they came here and we had 80% of possession, we had 19 chances and they had three but they won 3-2.

"They've got something on us. Tactically, they do a job on us but I'm just disappointed today and that's my overriding emotion today."

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