Luton boss felt a few of his team got 'found out' during first half of Wednesday victory

Hatters chief highly critical of opening 45 minutes

Monday, 1st March 2021, 9:09 am
Hatters boss Nathan Jones watches on during Town's 3-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday
Hatters boss Nathan Jones watches on during Town's 3-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday

Luton boss Nathan Jones felt a few of his side got ‘found out’ in the first half of their superb 3-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

After an opening 45 minutes in which the Owls completely dominated, scoring twice to lead 2-0 at the break, an advantage they should have really added to, Jones made three changes, taking off Joe Morrell, Tom Ince and Martin Cranie.

That led to a stunning second half comeback, with Kal Naismith, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Elijah Adebayo all netting to record a famous win, but on that opening 45 minutes, the Town chief said: “We can’t afford to do that and it’s a learning curve for a couple as a couple think that they can turn up and play football without doing the basics and that’s not going to happen at our football club.

“We haven’t got 15 ex-Premier League stars that can turn it on, we've got to be at it every single game, every single training session and a couple got found out today in terms of physicality and that can’t happen.

“We didn't do the basics right, they out-battled us, outfought us, out-ran us, all over and that doesn't happen to a Luton team, that doesn’t happen.

"Stoke was maybe the other day a little bit but the goals were terrible, against Stoke so I can’t say they out-battled us and outfought us it was just the goals were terrible, but that doesn’t happen.

"We normally out-battle teams, we normally out-press teams, outwork teams.

"We've never been booed off since I've been here, but I think we would have been booed off at half time, but second half was a total change around and what a way to win a game, what a way to win a game."

Jones’ three alterations at the break saw him bring on Glen Rea, Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu and Harry Cornick, who have a combined total of 619 appearances for the club, with all being at Kenilworth Road since the club’s League Two days.

On they triple change, he added: “I just went back to a little bit of what’s done brilliant for this football club, your Glen Rea’s, your Pelly-Ruddock’s, Harry Cornick’s have done brilliant for this football club, absolutely brilliant.

"Coupled with some people really stepping up, (Ryan) Tunnicliffe and people like that, brilliant and there’s been a few things about me picking the old guard and stuff this week, but people have got short memories.

"I remember the Cambridge game here (Jones' first match in charge) where I have worked 10 days of pure coaching with them and I’m a good coach, a good coach by the way.

"I worked 10 days with them and I watched the game and thought 'they haven’t listed to a word, how are we going to change this?'

"And now we're playing in the Championship, 14th in the Championship, people have got short memories of where we’ve come from and what we do.

"These are group of players that I would die for, that would die for me, and that’s what got us a result today.”