Jones frustrated Town miss the chance to make inroads again

Isaac Vassell in action against former club Plymouth
Isaac Vassell in action against former club Plymouth

Hatters boss Nathan Jones was left ultimately disappointed that his side couldn’t make further inroads into the top two after being held to a 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road by Plymouth Argyle yesterday.

Leading scorer Danny Hylton had given Luton the perfect start, scoring after just eight minutes, only for Craig Tanner to equalise midway through the first period.

Town then couldn’t break through the Argyle defence again during the second half, as they remained eight points behind the Pilgrims and 11 away from leaders Doncaster, held 2-2 by Accrington.

Despite dropping down to fifth, Luton did reduce the deficit to four points on Carlisle in third after they lost 3-0 to Portsmouth and Jones said: “I'm disappointed really as I thought we were the better side.

"We started magnificently well and then didn't really capitalise and continue that. As soon as we got the goal, we tended to drop off a little bit and it allowed them to take a breath as we really had them on the ropes at that time.

“We gave one or two free kicks away to allow them to have a little bit of respite and then they scored out of absolutely nothing.

"We're very disappointed with their goal, but the second half performance was superb, it's just the only thing we couldn't do was put the ball in the net.

"In terms of performance levels I'm very proud of them, we showed what a real strong, good side we are, I'm just disappointed that we didn't get all three points.

"We did enough second half to have created a clear-cut chance that should have won us the game and that’s the only thing I’m disappointed and I’ve said to them in there.”

Hatters have now taken on the top two in consecutive weekends, and more than held their own during successive 1-1 draws, as Jones felt it showed just what a good outfit Town have become.

He continued: “It’s hard to be too down and too critical as Plymouth are second in the league. We’ve played the top two and we were the better side on both occasions, so we’re in a good place.

"It’s just we really could have made inroads into that top three this week and that’s the only thing we’re disappointed with, but we go again.

"We’ve got to keep going, keep finding the three points that’s going to push us up the league as there’s a lot to play for. It's a big week, but performance-wise and health-wise, we’re in a real, real good place, we really are.

"It’s hard to be disappointed. I want us to win games, want us to have a killer, ruthless streak about us that if we’d had that today and demonstrated that tiny bit of quality, then we would have won the game as we were the better side today. I don’t think there’s any argument about it, we were the better side."