Hatters chief 'devastated' to see Bradley's stoppage time winner wrongly disallowed against Millers

Town manager felt late header should definitely have stood

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 10:28 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 10:30 pm
Glen Rea is fouled against Rotherham this evening

Luton boss Nathan Jones felt his side were denied what he thought was a perfectly good stoppage time winner against Rotherham United this evening.

With seconds of the contest remaining, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall swung a corner in from the right where it was met by captain Sonny Bradley who powered his header beyond Millers keeper Jamal Blackman.

However, referee David Webb blew the whistle for an incident that only he spotted in the area, which baffled Jones, as he said: “I categorically do not think it was a push.

“I think someone fabricated something there that I haven’t seen, but it’s the way football is.

“It was a safe decision, a real safe decision.

“I can understand why he’s given it, I'm devastated he has, because categorically it wasn't a foul in any way shape or form.

“If he gives that as a foul then some of the stuff that went on...

“I’ve seen the replay, I make sure I come out and have seen the replay and it is definitely 100 per cent not a foul.”

Although Town were held to a second home draw in three days, it means they have now assured themselves of a top half finish in the Championship, which is some achievement considering they only stayed up on the final day last term.

Up against a Rotherham side who will now go into the last game of the campaign with the destiny out of their own hands following this result, as they needed victory to put themselves in the driving seat, Jones added: “I thought it was very competitive, lacked a little bit of pure quality,but in terms of endeavour, in terms of an honesty for a game, it couldn't have had any more.

“That’s what the Championship us, they’re fighting for their lives, anything can happen.

"We want to keep the integrity, we want to finish as high as we can and it’s two teams wanting to win the game.

“No-one sat back, no-one wanted to stifle the game, no-one tried to slow it down and that’s the honesty of the league.

“I’m proud of my team for that as we wanted to guarantee a top 12 finish which means we’re top half, which is a fantastic achievement.

"As when you look at Sky Sports and you see those Championship tables, we are guaranteed to be on the first page and not the second that’s the massive thing for us.”