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Watch | Nathan Jones' pre-Middlesbrough press conference

The gaffer spoke to the local press ahead of Saturday's match...

29 April 2021

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Manager Nathan Jones insists his side will not be a ‘flippant team’ heading into the remaining three matches of the Sky Bet Championship campaign, starting with Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Following a successful points haul last week – picking up two wins and a draw against Watford, Bristol City and Reading respectively – Jones’ men find themselves in the top half of the table and don’t want to slow down until the last ball is kicked.

Along those lines, the gaffer said: “We want to finish as strongly as we can because we also remember the position we were in [last season]. We beat Hull this Saturday coming and went into the last game with total uncertainty. It’s not that case now.

“It’s just about reaching up a bit higher, finishing higher and that’s totally different, but we also remember where we’ve come from, so the humility in the team and the squad is still there. We also remember a few teams who were very flippant in the final weeks. We will not be that flippant team.”

After the 3-2 comeback victory against Bristol City last week, the manager may be forced into a couple of team selection changes, after revealing to the press: “We’ve got a few bumps and bruises as it was a big game for us at the weekend and we’ve come off the back of three games in a week again.

“We’ve just had to dust everyone down, and we’ve given them a couple of days off this week, training Tuesday and given them Monday and Wednesday off, so we're back in today and now we’ve got everyone back at it, so there’s probably a few bumps and bruises but you probably expect that in week 45 of a 46 week season.”

Amid this weekend’s social media boycott, where Luton Town have joined the rest of the English game in a fight against online discrimination, the manager said this on the topic: “The fact there is a boycott means that we won’t read it, we won’t write it, then that’s a good thing.

“For me, I’ve come off pretty much everything on social media because literally anyone, no matter how good a job you’re doing, how hard you’re working or whatever you’re doing, anyone could come up, say something and then it’s in the realm.

“And if you want to read everything, you can drive yourself crazy. I’m talking about normal comments. 
“Anything that’s racially driven is fundamentally wrong, we’re against all that, we’ll support the boycott and just hope that it has some sort of minor ripple that the change will come from the top.”


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