'No-one is tossing it off. It's just not clicking', says Harrogate Town's Dan Jones of recent poor run

Dan Jones insists that all is well inside the Harrogate Town camp and that it is only a matter of time before things start to click for them in front of goal.

Monday, 23rd November 2020, 10:19 am
Updated Monday, 23rd November 2020, 10:30 am
Dan Jones competes for the ball during Harrogate Town's League Two defeat to Leyton Orient. Pictures: Matt Kirkham

The Sulphurites have taken just two points from the last 18 on offer after losing 3-0 at Leyton Orient on Saturday, a result which saw them beaten for the fourth time in six League Two outings.

And, while their defence was breached on three occasions at the weekend, their real issue lies at the opposite end of the pitch where they have scored twice in five league games.

Jones, however, does not believe that there is anything drastically wrong, and says that he and his team-mates just need to transfer their hard work on the training ground onto the field of play.

Dan Jones in action against Leyton Orient.

"It's a very positive group, like a little family and all the lads get around each other. It's not toxic or anything like that," he said.

"We're just going through a little bit of a bad spell at the minute, but with the lads we've got here we can definitely turn it around when everything clicks for us.

"Everyone works hard. There's no-one tossing it off or anything like that. It's just not clicking for us in the box at the minute in terms of scoring goals.

"We should be putting teams to bed with some of the chances we've had, and it's about needing to create more.

"Everyone does it day in, day out on the training ground, it's just a case of putting it into practice in matches."

Saturday's defeat in East London at the weekend came about as Orient striker Danny Johnson showed Town exactly how it's done in front of goal, netting a clinical hat-trick.

"It's just disappointing. I think we started brightly and were the better team to start with, and although it's a cliche, goals change games," 25-year-old Jones added.

"Between the boxes we were very good, but they had a lad who scored a hat-trick today. Belly [James Belshaw] was just stood watching the game until their first goal has gone in. Their lad has had two shots on target and they've both gone in.

"I think the 4-3-3 worked for us, we just obviously didn't score. Personally I enjoy it because it gives you more chance to get on the ball at full-back."

Jones has made 10 appearances for Harrogate since arriving on a season-long loan deal from Salford City in September, but is now setting his sights on earning himself an extended run in the side at left-back.

"I wouldn't say I was pleased [with his contribution thus far]. I came off the bench and helped set up a goal [against Crawley] the other day but I feel I've got a lot more to give," he said.

"I need a run of games, that's all I want really, to try and get into it and show what I can actually do."

Jones and his Town team-mates return to League Two action on Tuesday night when they visit Mansfield, 7pm kick-off.