Hatters boss not giving up on top spot just yet

Luton boss Nathan Jones isn't giving up hope of reeling in League Two leaders Doncaster Rovers this season.

Friday, 10th March 2017, 7:48 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:55 am
Hatters boss Nathan Jones
Hatters boss Nathan Jones

The Hatters go into tomorrow’s game against Stevenage 12 points behind the table-toppers, albeit with a game in hand on Darren Ferguson’s side.

It would appear more likely is trying to overtake either Plymouth in second, who are eight points above Luton, or third placed Portsmouth, whom have a two point advantage, with Town playing one less game than both sides.

But Jones said: “There could be three spots, you’re not over until you’re mathematically there.

“What you have to do is you have to keep winning as many games as you can and see where you are.

“It’s the business end of the season, a lot of people get twitchy, it’s who can handle it, who’s got the quality, the strength, bit of luck now and again, but plenty of god’s will too.

“We’re in a really good place and we haven’t given up on anything, so who knows how many positions are up for grabs?

“We know we’ve got 36 points up for grabs and if we take 36, we know where we’ll be.”

Hatters entertain a side who could also feature in the automatic shake-up this term, Boro, who are just two points behind Luton themselves.

They then go to another rival Carlisle on Tuesday night, but Jones didn’t think it was a case of win the next two and the chances of going up suddenly become a foregone conclusion.

He continued: “I don’t think there’s any easier games you can look at and think if you just win these two then you’ll be comfortable.

“No, there’s so many good sides. Accrington are in a false position, we have to play them, Morecambe are coming good, we’ve still got to play them.

“There’s so many different games and lots of people raise their game when the play against Luton anyway, so there’s no games in our league we can look at and think we’re going to be fine there.”

One thing working in Town’s favour is their points tally picked up when playing against sides in the upper echelons of the league, which is something Jones pointed to.

He added: “We’re better against the top of the table sides anyway, our record against the top six or seven, we’re top of the league in terms of that.

“I don’t know why, it’s a proud thing to have as if you take points off your competitors and you keep picking up points then you’re going to be in a good place.

“We feel we’re in a good place, if we win our game in hand, mathematically we go into the top three.

“We know that we are a good side and it’s just about winning games wherever you can and beating whoever’s in front of you.

“Now we have, not struggled, but we haven’t picked up the points we should have against sides that people expect us to and it goes back to the fact that there are no easy games.

“We like competing against top side and if we take points off the top sides then you inevitably catch them or go above them.”