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Watch | Nathan Jones' pre-Barnsley press conference

7 February 2022

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Manager Nathan Jones has said his players 'can't second guess' Barnsley ahead of tomorrow's meeting.

Whilst form and the table favours the Hatters, they haven't beaten the Tykes at home since 1998, a record the gaffer and his team will be keen to end.

"It's not about them, it’s about us. We can’t second guess what Barnsley are going to do, how they’re going to come here, it’s all about us and we have to make sure that we have the same application as we’ve shown in the last five, six, seven games since we've come back from our enforced break. We’ve been excellent, we have to continue that and that’s all we have to concern ourselves with."

"It’s a Championship game and not to be too cliche, but any points in the Championship you get are always hard earned and it’s going to be exactly the same again this week."

With the chance to move into the play-off places if they win and results go their way, Jones is happy that his side are now able to play their own way as they continue to adapt to the division. 

"We are playing our way now. Sometimes we used to change but now we back our processes which is what we used to do at League Two and League One level. We've had to be a little bit more pragmatic in the Championship to make sure that we can compete at the level and we've evolved nicely over time.

"Now we're in a position where we're a certain type of team. You can always add more quality but we like where we are at the minute because we are showing consistency, we're in a good position and we're trying our best because the evolution process doesn't stop."

The manager also spoke of the 'wonderful' cup draw after Luton were drawn against eight-time FA Cup winners, Chelsea.

"It’s fantastic for everyone involved. Especially for the fans and I’m delighted for them as well. they missed out on two wonderful cup ties last year, Man United and Chelsea away, and now at least they get to sample a bof that.

"It’s thoroughly deserved, we had to really play well at Cambridge, a real tricky tie as you would have seen with West Ham, Man United and Boreham Wood. There are no easy games in the FA Cup so to come through like we did, I was very pleased with that."


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