'Dream win' for Luton boss at former side

Luton Town chief Nathan Jones hailed his side's thumping 4-0 victory at Yeovil Town yesterday as a '˜dream win' for his side.

Sunday, 5th March 2017, 8:15 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:08 am
Hatters boss Nathan Jones
Hatters boss Nathan Jones

Although the struggling Glovers went into the game on a terrible run of form, winning just one of their last 15 league games, they remained tough to beat at Huish Park, unbeaten in four and had defeated Town's promotion chasing rivals Plymouth 2-1 recently.

However, as soon as Danny Hylton netted a seventh minute penalty, there was no stopping Luton, as they cruised home with Hylton bagging another, plus Glen Rea and Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu adding further goals in the second half too.

Jones said: “Apart from one or two balls into our box, where they’re a physical threat, I thought we were very, very professional in everything we did.

“We started very, very quickly, with a real, real press about us and an energy about us.

“Our front two were just relentless really and then second half, when, 2-0 can be a tricky lead, we were just so professional. We got the goal from a set-play which we don’t normally do, but I thought we were magnificent today, a great, great win and performance.

“It was a deserved scoreline, I would have taken 1-0 here, I would have taken any kind of win as that’s the most important thing,

“To come here, which is a difficult place to come as Plymouth lost here, Doncaster have beaten them here, but Portsmouth, I watched the game, they drew. They get up for big games here and I was delighted, it’s a dream really, 4-0, a dream.”

Hatters had led 2-0 after just 19 minutes last season thanks to goals from Craig Mackail-Smith and Paul Benson, before contriving to lose the game 3-2, something that never remotely looked like happening this time around.

Jones continued: “I can’t affect what happened last year, we’re a different side now, and when we’re 2-0 up we don’t tend to lose.

"We have a strength about us, we have a physicality, we have an energy about us, but we’re never satisfied with 2-0. We went into that lead quite quickly and quite comfortably and without playing particularly fluently.

"But what we have now is a threat and sides can do what they want against us, they can press, they can drop off, we have solutions now and that’s really, really pleasing.

"When you’re 2-0, it can be a tricky, a real precarious lead, as if they get the next goal, people can get edgy. So what we did was and as we have said beforee, whatever the lead, get the next goal and that’s what we wanted to do.

"We didn’t start the half particularly well, a bit sloppy, but once we got that (third goal), we powered on.”

The result saw Town cut the gap to third placed Carlisle to just a single point after the Cumbrians were beaten 2-0 by Plymouth, while they also leapfrogged Portsmouth into fourth, who lost 1-0 at home to Crewe.

Jones said: “We looked at the fixtures and not everyone could win today. So we only concentrate on our result, but if we win, then we knew we’d make ground on someone, and that’s all we have to do, keep chipping away, keep chipping away.

"We said we’d be strong second half (of the season) and we’re in a good position. So lets just continue in that vein, we can’t get carried away as we’ve got some big, big games coming up, real important games and we’re looking forward to them.”

Meanwhile, when asked about his return to a club where he spent over seven years of his career, Jones added: "I love it. I can’t have too much sentiment, but I love this club, I gave my life to this club, my sweat and blood for this club.

"I loved it, they’ve got great people here, people that want you to do well, people that will do anything for you. We’ve been in Yeovil now for two days and the people that I’ve known from when I was here have helped us out.

"People in hotels and Sherbone football club, credit to them, have helped us out, let us use their pitch yesterday. So the people in the area are salt of the earth and that’s why I loved my time here.

"We thank them for that and I don’t like Yeovil losing, except when they play against us, so unfortunately they were playing against us today."