Hatters boss Nathan Jones has questioned what kind of side the club’s supporters want to see during his tenure in charge at Kenilworth Road.
The Luton chief witnessed Cameron McGeehan’s hotly-disputed penalty ensure Town stayed top of the table with a last-gasp 2-1 win over Newport County this evening.
“What do they want? Ask them, that’s the headline, what do they want?”Nathan Jones
However, there were a few audible groans among the 7,058 fans inside the ground at times before Hatters had gone ahead on the hour mark through another McGeehan spot kick, and after Jennison Myrie-William’s leveller pegged them back with 20 minutes to play.
Speaking afterwards, an animated Jones said of the home crowd: “It’s rocking, after we got them rocking, but what I’m saying to them is, and you can put this in a headline, they need to lift the players as well.
“It’s not going to be five, six nil every week, you have to earn the right. When sides come in and camp and sit in, it’s difficult, there’s no space, they want to deny us because they know what a good side we are.
“Now if the crowd want to win, get behind your players, get behind them, if they want a footballing side.
“If not, they can have a long ball side where we put two giants up there, we’ll smash it, get the knock downs and then we won’t have build up football.
“What do they want? Ask them, that’s the headline, what do they want?
Jones also spoke in glowing terms of his players after they kept going until the final whistle, and believes supporters should be supremely proud of the side he has put together this term.
He continued: “I’m proud of my Luton Town and everyone in this stadium should be proud of Luton Town tonight.
“I know what good players I’ve got here, characters, that want to play the right way, that are brave, that if no-one else believes in them, they believe in themselves. What a great night, great night.
“We’re building a reputation and everyone says so. I’ve had people from Newport saying what a good team we’ve got here and I’m proud of my team, I’m really proud of my team.
“The people of Luton should be proud and get behind them early too. Are you just going to moan when we have a stray pass? Or when something doesn’t go right?
“We have no god given right to win a game here, we’ve got to earn it and if it takes to the 95th minute, like it did today, then that’s what we do.
“They should be proud of that group of players, because they showed a real character tonight and I love my players, love them.”
Jones was quick to try and diffuse the situation at the final whistle with County players who were clearly incensed with the decision to award Luton a late, late spot kick as the boss added: “I want them to celebrate with the fans, that’s what I wanted to do, I don’t want all that palaver and all that rigmarole, fighting afterwards, want them to celebrate with their fans.
“They had the place rocking and they deserved it, because we showed a right bit of ambition tonight.”