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Watch | Nathan Jones' pre-Blackpool press conference

21 April 2022

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Manager Nathan Jones and his team are not getting carried away and are fully focused on preparing for Blackpool this weekend.

The Sky Sports cameras are once again set-up at Kenilworth Road on what is yet another important day in the hunt for a position in the play-offs with three games of the league season remaining.

In fourth place despite recent injury woes, Jones praised a ‘special group’ who continue to defy the odds in the division.

“They find a way to win. We had centre-halves out, four full-backs and a winger playing there. Then we had another injury, another full-back in, you couldn’t really write it but we’re getting people back and fortunately not everyone has a serious injury.

It’s unfortunate because you want to keep your best eleven, best seven and then even more ready to go. We haven’t had that, so we’ve had to roll with it. It’s such a hectic schedule we haven’t had any time to cry about it, we’ve just had to get on with it.

We’ve kept 18 clean sheets this year, we’ve got a fantastic defensive record, our goal difference is plus 14, so we’ve showed that we’re a decent side, we score goals, we keep clean sheets, we work hard, we know that everyone’s played their part in that.

“When you look at people like Peter Kioso, Dan Potts, who didn’t play for periods of time, they come in and do it and they just look very comfortable. Dan Potts has only conceded a goal or something since he came back in and Peter’s involved in big wins, and that’s the group we have.

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“They’re all ready, they all want to play, so we’re confident. We always say, there’s no passengers, so there’s no point in just having fillers in our squad because we know that they’re going to be needed.”

Further on the squad’s togetherness and desire to do well, the gaffer admitted: “The group of lads, how they work, they’re sharp, it’s productive, they learn, we have structures, processes, we debrief. If you’re serious about your football and you want to have discipline, structure and a way of playing then it’s a good place to be.

“Then, they all get on. They’re all happy, they’re honest with each other and everyone’s pulling in the right direction and, as a manager, that’s as good as it gets.

“If we have one ego, one bad egg, one passenger, then that can all crumble. We haven’t got one. That’s good recruitment, but also, human beings come in and just accept the fact that they play for Luton Town. They buy into everything that we are.”


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