Hatters boss Graeme Jones was pleased to see his team show a different side to their style of play as they defeated Barnsley 3-1 at Oakwell this afternoon, securing the Town’s first win of the new Sky Bet Championship campaign.
Jacob Butterfield broke the deadlock after 90 seconds when he fired in from the edge of the box, before James Collins doubled the lead from close range just two minutes later. Harry Cornick fired in from just inside the box midway through the first 45 to make it three, before Mallik Wilks pulled one back for the hosts in the second half.
The victory moves the Town up to 18th in the second tier, with four points from their opening five games.
Jones said: “There were 66 minutes to go [after we scored the third], you’re guarding against Barnsley getting a goal back because they can get the momentum with the crowd here and football is never that straight forward.
“You see it on the TV ‘3-0 up, it’s done and dusted’, it’s never as straightforward as that. We had to play, we had to show a dogged side to us, defend as a group. I think we played a different way today to what we have played in the first four games of the season and I am really pleased with that.
“I said to the boys after the Sheffield Wednesday game, we did a debrief for the game post match, we went through everything and I knew we were really, really close. But it comes to a point where you have to win a game of football, no matter who you’re playing. And the psychological barrier was getting broken down game-by-game, week-by week.
“It was 60 minutes at Cardiff, and then it was six minutes against West Brom and then on Tuesday night against Sheffield Wednesday it was one action and I knew we were getting close, but the players still have to put that into practice, and actions speak louder than words. I said all we have to do is win a football match and we did, and I think we will take a lot psychologically from that.”