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NATHAN JONES | "THEY GAVE ME EVERYTHING AND THAT IS WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS GROUP"

Jones was full of praise for his players after the 1-0 win against Swansea...

27 June 2020

Hatters boss Nathan Jones said the response from the group has been ‘phenomenal’ as Town picked up a vital three points on the road against Swansea City.

James Collins’ 73rd minute was the difference between the two sides and the Hatters were fantastic value for the victory, performing brilliantly from the first whistle.

Jones was under no illusions that the hosts were troublesome opposition as before play they were a point adrift of the play-off places, but he was very happy with how his side performed.

“They can hurt you, they are really good footballers, real quality at the top end. What they did to Middlesbrough last week for example, so we knew we had to be at it. They had a great week, the response from the group has been phenomenal and I thought we were excellent. Tactically we were very good, we made substitutions at the right time and that proved well so a great performance and a good day.”

The praise continued, as he said: “We come here as an away side against a side who are going for promotion, ex-Premier League side, with the talent they have, it’s an outstanding performance. Structurally we were excellent, we pressed at the right times, they gave me everything and that’s what I love about this group, absolutely love about this group.

“They want to work hard, they love it, there is no pretentiousness about it, no super stars, they are phenomenal, and I love the group and they gave me that today. All it comes down to is our work as a football club, our work as staff and if we can do good work then they will want to follow that out and that is what is really pleasing.”

The clean sheet and the three points were extremely pleasing for the 47-year-old, but there was one disappointment he revealed.

“We defended superbly well, to limit Swansea to what we did shows that we defended well with real nous. The only tinge of disappointment is that we didn't have any fans here, because imagine 2,000 fans in that away end...it would have been a good day. It would have been one of those days where you could build bridges, you know!"

Games will continue to come thick and fast for the Hatters, who are back in action Tuesday night when they travel to Elland Road to face Leeds United.

Facing the promotion chasers will by no means be an easy task but Jones and the players head there full of confidence, as he explained: “We need to get to a points total and that gives us an opportunity. We’ve got some big games coming up.

"It’s the toughest of starts, apart from Brentford, we’ve probably got the toughest of starts but we’ve embraced it, we haven’t cried about it, we haven’t been scared about it so we’re moving in the right direction. Four points in two games, I would have taken that all day long and now we go to Leeds trying to add.”


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