Proud Jones hails his side’s belief as they stick to their guns

James Justin looks to get forward against Accrington
James Justin looks to get forward against Accrington
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Hatters boss Nathan Jones declared himself a proud manager after his side stuck to their guns when defeating Accrington Stanley 1-0 at Kenilworth Road on Saturday.

The hosts left it late, Cameron McGeehan’s 75th minute winner deciding the contest, after visiting keeper Elliot Parish had threatened to frustrate Luton, with a handful of wonderful saves.

The best feeling a manager can have is the players showing they believe in what they do, and that’s what they and my fans showed they believed in it as well and I’m a proud guy today, I really am.

Nathan Jones

But McGeehan arrived on cue with his ninth goal of the campaign to earn a precious three points, as Jones was delighted that they didn’t deviate from their game-plan during the contest.

He said: “I think we showed a lot of character today, I think they believed.

“We said to them at half time, just keep believing, as we didn’t have to change shape, didn’t have to go direct, didn’t have to do anything.

“We kept on, and we got the breakthrough, but we had to work for it, really had to work for it, because this is a good Accrington side.

“They beat Bradford last week who are flying in League One, beaten sides, on a decent run themselves, had some real, real good footballers, real good players.

“They cause you massive, massive problems, they dominate possession against everyone they play against, they didn’t today.

“The best feeling a manager can have is the players showing they believe in what they do, and that’s what they and my fans showed they believed in it as well and I’m a proud guy today, I really am.”

Jones also felt that Stanley were the latest cab of the rank to alter their tactics on visiting Kenilworth Road too, which made it even harder for his side to find a breakthrough.

He added: “I’m proud of my team and my club today because another team came here and changed totally how they play, for us, for us.

“When we go through it, they normally press really high, they normally play from their own box, roll it out everywhere. They didn’t do either of that today because of I think the respect they showed us.

“The first half was a little bit disjointed, we didn’t really have our fluency. We had the best chances and still could have been one or two up comfortably, comfortable.

“But second half we asked for a performance from them and they gave it to us.

“I felt even though we had enough chances to go in 1-0 up and that would have eased the burden a little bit, they would have had to come out slightly more, but I’m just pleased with the second half performance.”