Town boss pleased with Nombe's impact during eventful late cameo

Striker is booked and then misses sitter during final 10 minutes

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 11:06 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 11:20 am
Sam Nombe saw this late chance saved by Coventry keeper Ben Wilson

Hatters boss Nathan Jones was pleased with the impact made by strike Sam Nombe during his eventful late cameo against Coventry City last night.

The 22-year-old came off the bench for his first Championship outing since the 1-0 defeat at Blackburn on January 30, with Luton 2-0 to the good, replacing Harry Cornick on 81 minutes.

Within seconds he was shown a yellow card for scything down Sky Blues defender Sam McCallum after the full back had cleared the danger, before then showing his pace to chase down a number of balls over the top.

The on-loan MK Dons forward, who Jones revealed had shown a good response to his public criticism about needing to do more lately, then had a glorious chance to score his first goal for the club in the last minute of stoppage time.

Unmarked in the area, he was picked out by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall's pinpoint cross, but with just keeper Ben Wilson to beat, could only shoot against the legs of the City stopper, James Collins blasting the rebound wide.

Speaking about the attacker, Jones said: “He should have (scored), but to be fair to him, he’s come on had an impact, a real impact, fair play to him.

"It’s youthful exuberance if you like when he’s chasing a full back and it wasn’t great (the tackle), but he’s come on and had a real impact and that’s all you can ask of him."