Hatters boss accepts his side deserved to be booed off

Ollie Palmer goes up for a header against Colchester
Ollie Palmer goes up for a header against Colchester
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Hatters boss Nathan Jones accepted his side deserved to be booed off by their travelling supporters at half time during the 2-1 defeat at Colchester yesterday.

The 1,775 strong away fans let the Town players know exactly what they thought of a first half which had seen Luton second best by a long distance, trailing 2-0 to Chris Porter’s double strike.

An improved second period display, culminating in Isaac Vassell's stoppage time consolation, saw only a few jeers on the full time whistle, as when asked about the reception at the interval, Jones said: "Rightly so, as they’ve paid good money. I’m not going to apologise to the fans, I don’t want to make a big thing and be a cliched manager, look, we let them down first half and we know that, but that doesn’t happen often.

“We’ve got the best away defensive record, we pick up points away from home, they’ve got a team to be proud of, normally, for 45 minutes they weren’t.

“Second half we gave them something to get behind, it’s just a shame we couldn’t get the goal a little bit earlier.

“The fans, we let them down today but we don’t do it often, so bear with us as there’s still seven games to go and it’s a big, big seven games.

“No diversity now, we don’t need any divisions in the side, we need togetherness that sees us over the line.”

Midfielder Lawson D’Ath also felt the fans were right to voice their disappointment in the opening 45 minutes, as he added: “They booed us when we were coming off and to be honest with you, we deserved it.

“We’re 2-0 down and fighting for a promotion push, but second half, they were right behind us all the way through.

“You can’t fault them, we were going for it and they were getting right behind us, they were almost that 12th man and it nearly paid off.”