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NATHAN: VILLA TIE'S A "NICE DISTRACTION"

8 August 2016

Hatters boss looks forward to facing Championship side

Manager Nathan Jones told the media gathered at Ely Way this afternoon that the Town’s home tie against Championship side Aston Villa is “a nice distraction” for the club after starting the Sky Bet League Two campaign with a win at Plymouth on Saturday.

The Hatters host the club recently relegated from the Premier League in front of the Sky cameras at Kenilworth Road in what will be their first competitive home game this season.

Jones said: “It’s a different kind of game. We’ll prepare for it the exact same way. It’s not points to play for but it’s a cup game against a very good side and we’re looking forward to it.

“It’s a good draw, a good draw for the club. The Sky cameras are there too and that always adds a little bit of an edge, so it’s a nice distraction.”

The Luton boss says that he’s not worried about what side Aston Villa put out with the likes of Ross McCormack, Jordan Ayew and Jack Grealish all available to play on Wednesday night.

He continued: “What side they pick doesn’t concern me. What Aston Villa do is nothing to do with me. I’m sure they’ll want to come here and win the game and so do we.

“We’ll play a side that we feel can get us a result. We won’t be resting anyone or anything like that. We’ll pick a side that we feel can compete against Aston Villa.

“I watched them at Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend and it was a tough start for them, because Sheffield Wednesday are a very good side.

“There’s a good feeling in the camp. We just continued on from what we had in pre-season. The atmosphere and the spirit we have has been good and results can only help that.

“What we want from our players is consistency, so we know what we’re going to get week in week out and I want to put out a side that the fans can be proud of, but also so I know what I’m going to get and hope we can rely on everyone.”

Jones will be going face to face with former Champions League-winning manager Roberto Di Matteo, who is now in charge of the West Midlands club.

He explained: “Apart from tactically, we won’t have too much impact on the game, but he’s done fantastically well.

“I came up against him when he was at MK Dons and he’s gone on to do really good things but as long as my team turn up and put in a Luton Town performance, I don’t care who we play.”

The Welshman also acknowledged that Wednesday night will be the first action at Kenilworth Road in 2016-17.

Jones explained: “We’re looking forward to playing at home. I believe we can build a side that likes playing at home, our away form is outstanding and I want our home form to be outstanding too.”



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