Town chief: Cornick has been a big player for us this season

Hatters manager knows first goal will lift a weight off forward's shoulders

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 5:03 pm
Updated Thursday, 29th April 2021, 5:04 pm
Harry Cornick celebrates scoring at Bristol City on Sunday - pic: Gareth Owen

Luton attacker Harry Cornick has still remained a big part of the Hatters team this term despite only scoring his first goal of the season against Bristol City on Sunday, according to boss Nathan Jones.

The 26-year-old finally ended a 45-game wait to hit the net with a close range strike that turned out to be the winner at Ashton Gate as Luton came from 2-0 down to triumph 3-2.

Although Cornick stated that the lack of goals had been affecting him mentally this term, and that finally finding the net led to a feeling of pure relief for the ex-Bournemouth winger, Jones himself had remained impressed with the attacker’s contribution during a second season at Championship level.

When asked if he had noticed a spring in Cornick's step in training this week, he said: “Not really, the thing with Harry is you wouldn’t be able to tell too much because I think, and a lot of people have said that, I know that people tell me social media has been very positive for him, that his performance levels over the season have been very, very good.

“If you judge him on his goals, it’s been a season where he hasn’t been as productive as in previous years.

"But if you look at his overall output, he’s a real dangerous player and a real big player for us.

“We’ve been delighted with Harry, yes we would like him to score more goals for us and for himself and his own sanity and mind-frame, but for us, he’s been excellent.

“It was good for him to get that as we wouldn't want him to go a full season without scoring because he’s had that progression year in year out.”

Cornick has still been heavily involved for the Hatters in his 40 appearances this term, with seven assists so far, jointly leading the way with Leicester City loanee Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall after his two on Sunday afternoon.

The fact he has appeared so much for Town clearly shows he has done something right as well, with Jones adding: “He’s had a very good season and you don’t play as many games as he plays in the team that he plays in, if you haven’t, as we’ve got no passengers.

"That’s the thing, everyone competes, everyone fights, everyone has to work hard to get what they need to get and Harry’s one of those.

"We’re delighted we have him because he works on his game, he wants to get better, he’s a joy to have around, he’s a great part of the squad, so we are delighted for him.

"It does lift a weight off him, but it makes no real difference to our thinking and what we do.”