Hatters boss relishes his first ‘rocking’ Kenilworth Road

Hatters boss Nathan Jones
Hatters boss Nathan Jones

Hatters boss Nathan Jones was in awe of the atmosphere created by his side’s supporters at Kenilworth Road during their 3-1 win over Aston Villa in the EFL Cup last night.

After seeing their side trailing 1-0, the majority of the 7,412 in place were positively bouncing by the end as strikes from Jake Gray, Cameron McGeehan and Jores Okoro’s own goal saw Hatters hit back to go through, setting up another mouthwatering home tie against Leeds United in the process.

“If we can do that on the pitch and they can do that in the stands, it’s going to be a good season.”

Jake Gray

Jones said: “I’m very proud of my team, the place was rocking, the atmosphere was outstanding. I haven’t had a night like that here, where its been relentless rocking like that and fans were amazing.

“I live my life for this and when your team and a group of people go out and give you that kind of performance then it’s only pride that comes through.

“We work hard, we’ve got good staff here and all that came to fruition. We’re not getting carried away though, we had a great result on the weekend, we’ve had an unbelievable result again tonight, we’re in a good place at the minute, but the important thing is to keep that going.”

New signing Jake Gray was also left blown away by his first experience of the Hatters faithful, saying: “I’ve heard of the Luton fans, as I don’t live too far away, so I’ve heard how good they can be.

“I’ve played in front of them before, so I know what they’re about, but tonight was a different level. If we can do that on the pitch and they can do that in the stands, it’s going to be a good season.

“At full time and when I was subbed as well, I was just taking it all in, it was unbelievable. The fans were incredible when we were playing, just keeping you going, I just hope it can carry on through the whole season, as they were brilliant.”

Fellow goalscorer McGeehan felt it was another special night which further strengthened the bond between Hatters’ players and their loyal followers, saying: “They carried us through it. At times we needed them and that’s what we’ll look to do.

“We’ve got to get a good relationship with the fans, to understand our style of play and that energy that comes from them comes on to the pitch for us.

“t’s a special place when all is going well and that’s what we’ll look to have this season.”
Meanwhile full debutant James Justin added: “From the management to the players, it was a special night and it’s the type of thing that we want to do for the rest of the season and create those types of atmosphere’s for the fans. The fans played their part.”