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Watch | Nathan Jones' reaction to Queens Park Rangers defeat

The gaffer's take on a brilliant 12th-place finish...

8 May 2021

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Manager Nathan Jones wanted his teams’ performances this season to be the forefront of attention following defeat on the final day at the hands of Queens Park Rangers.

The 3-1 loss condemned the Hatters to a 12th place finish in the Sky Bet Championship, a remarkable achievement and a total improvement on last season.

Reflecting first and foremost on proceedings at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, Jones said: “We should have been out of sight first half, we had some glorious opportunities and one-on-ones where we didn’t quite show enough quality in the final third. If we did, then we would have been out of sight. Dieng has made a great save from Sonny Bradley, George Moncur had three or four opportunities. In training every single one of those goes in and I thought we were excellent first half I really did but if you don’t put teams like QPR to bed, they have quality because they spend a lot of money that can hurt you.

“It won’t take the shine off a fantastic season,” the gaffer continued. “It wasn’t the ideal finish but to finish top half and you see the drama going on elsewhere, we were absolutely no where near that and we haven’t been near that all year and that shows what a good season we have had.”

And finally, the manager had one last opportunity to praise loanee Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, who not only equalised on the day but has been a superb addition to the Luton Town squad this season.

“It is at times wrong to single out certain people but he has been outstanding and he is the only reason we take loans. We don’t like taking loans because we know and we believe that we do good work so once a Premier League loan comes into us, they usually go beyond us because of the work we do.

“He has brought into everything we have done, he has been ingrained in us as anyone else that has been here for years and I’m so proud of him. He has done fantastically well and he is everything I thought he was.”


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