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Graeme Jones impressed by squad depth as Luton Town beat Cardiff

Luton Town manager Graeme Jones has said that he was impressed with the squad depth demonstrated by his side after they defeated Cardiff City 3-0 in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

A heavily rotated Luton Town side defeated a heavily rotated Cardiff City side on Tuesday night ot secure their place in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

A first-half own goal from Junior Hoillet saw the Hatters go into the break 1-0 up, before Alan Sheehan and Jake Jervis added two more in the second half. Luton dominated possession over the course of the game, but it was Cardiff who had more chances. However, the Hatters were clinical when it mattered, scoring three goals from their three shots on target.

Speaking to the club website at the end of the game, Jones praised the depth of his squad, saying:

“I am really satisfied, it shows the strength of the club and the playing squad. We came here and I think we have been ourselves, I think there was a big improvement from two-and-a-half weeks ago, that’s the only thing I wanted to measure. Obviously, the lads who have come in have played 90 minutes, I feel like we’re in a really strong position.

“I treat everyone the same – there is no first team and second team. There’s players that are in form, players that have to work to get into form, players that are behind physically and behind mentally. But this competition is good for us, we need to be competitive in everything we do, I wasn’t coming here to lay down tonight so we can concentrate on the Championship. No, it’s the opposite, it’s healthy for the football club, we want to go as far as we can go as long as it doesn’t hinder us in the league.

“Obviously we have got a game Saturday, I was conscious of that, that’s why the changes were made. The boys that came in showed that they’re totally confident and anytime that they’re required, they’ll be ready. Games like tonight help you prepare for that.”

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