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JONES: I LOVE THIS JOB, I LOVE THIS CLUB

18 August 2016

Read what Nathan Jones had to say ahead of our match against Stevenage

Ahead of our match against Stevenage this Saturday, Nathan Jones has said that he’s only concentrating on Luton Town and how proud he is of the team after their attacking display against Newport County.

Luton's Sheehan is making good progress with after injuring his calf on the opening day of the season, whilst Rea should return after missing through illness on Tuesday.

With ten men on the field for the last ten minutes, Luton battled to victory against the Exiles on Tuesday with a last gasp penalty shot home by Cameron McGeehan to earn the Hatters a 2-1 triumph. 

After the match, Nathan Jones could be seen walking down the touchline celebrating with the passion Luton Town fans are used to seeing. 

He said: “I was charged afterwards because of the emotions of the game, but I also want the crowd to respond, to see me as well, because I love this job, I love this club and I want to do well for me and the club.

“In time you calm down, that’s me, that’s my character, I am a very passionate guy, I put a lot into the job so sometimes some things come out.”

After going down to ten men, there were mixed reactions when Jones brought on Vassell in the place of Marriott, to ensure that the Hatters still had two up top, something he said was a calculated risk.

“We want to win games and sometimes with ten men, you can’t go for it, but we felt that the momentum was with us. 

“If you want to win games, especially with the amount of league games in League Two, you’re going to have to find ways of winning even if you’re not at your best. 

“I felt the other day we played very well, I was pleased with our overall performance, if I am being ultra-critical, we lacked that killer instinct, that clinical finishing we need to put games to bed.

“But I thought the way we went about our work was excellent, our endeavour, our work rate, we had a freshness about us.”

On Saturday, we take on a Stevenage side who have a few ex-Hatters in their ranks including Fraser Franks and Luke Wilkinson andformer Luton skipper Ronnie Henry, with the Boro currently sat in 23rd after three games.

Nathan Jones said he fully expects those players to be up for the game, but he will only be focused on Luton Town.

He said: “I always had that extra motivation when I played against say Brighton for example, so it does add a little bit, but we have to concentrate on Luton Town, we have to make sure we are clinical.

The last time the two played Luton lost 1-0 after a late Michael Tonge penalty and Jones is hoping to see a change in the performance from what he saw that day.

“They came here and I don’t feel we performed. 

“I am looking forward to going there, it is a local derby, it will be a crowd that I know will travel well because we always do, wherever it is.”

Saturday’s game kicks off at 3pm, with a handful of tickets available behind the goal, from the club website and in the ticket office. Tickets are also available in the family enclosure.


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