Hatters boss Nathan Jones felt his much-changed facet did the membership proud regardless of going out of Checkatrade Trophy on penalties to Southend United this night.

The hosts seemed to be on their manner via to spherical three courtesy of Arthur Learn’s 81st minute aim, just for Stephen McLaughlin’s effort to deflect off Dan Potts and beat Marek Stech, earlier than the Shrimpers received the shootout 4-2.

Talking afterwards, Jones mentioned: “We’re disenchanted, however I’ve to be pleased with how we performed.

“We’ve made 11 modifications from our facet that performed on Sunday and I assumed they did the membership proud.

“We’ve obtained a whole lot of younger ones on the market, Arthur Learn and Frankie Musonda making solely their third and fourth appearances, Jack Senior, younger (Aaron) Jarvis, so we’ve obtained an actual younger facet, they usually acquitted themselves very properly.

“I assumed we had been the higher facet all through. The primary half was comparatively even with out both facet creating an excessive amount of, we induced them a couple of issues set-plays-wise and with a bit bit extra leading edge within the closing third we’d have scored.

“However second half we’d have scored, their keeper’s made some good saves, we’ve missed probabilities, hit the bar after which for them to equalise within the method they did, it’s disappointing, however that’s the best way it’s.”

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