Jones far from happy despite Minstermen triumph

Nathan Jones applauds the 715 travelling Hatters fans at York
Nathan Jones applauds the 715 travelling Hatters fans at York

Luton Town boss Nathan Jones was far from happy with his side despite a thrilling 3-2 win at York City yesterday.

In an end-to-end second half, Hatters threw the lead away twice, before Olly Lee’s stunning solo effort secured a first victory at Bootham Crescent since 2001.

“The win has masked it and that’s as bad as we’ve played in terms of energy in terms of how we moved the ball, in terms of how we went about our work.”

Nathan Jones

However, Jones couldn’t hide his disappointment at the overall performance of his side during the post-match press conference, saying: “I’m delighted because we’ve won the game, because we’ve got three points, but that’s nowhere near good enough, nowhere near a performance that we need.

“The win has masked it and that’s as bad as we’ve played in terms of energy in terms of how we moved the ball, in terms of how we went about our work.

“I’m delighted because we have goals in us and I know that, but defensively and all over energy we were nowhere near.

“It’s a little bit mixed emotions, because we won the game so it’s hard to be too down as I know we played better than that at Yeovil and drew the game, but I’m a little bit disappointed to be honest.”

There were no signs of the second half excitement come in a dreadful first period low on quality and any real goalscoring opportunities for the visitors.

Jones was at a loss to explain just why his side had been so lacklustre too, saying: “It was a poor first half, we lacked energy, lacked any real desire, they lacked any know how in their play and we’re better than that, I know we’re better than that, because I work with them every day and we’ve seen it in games.

“But we lacked anything. We looked a mediocre team and we’re not going to be a mediocre team and that’s the disappointing thing.

“We didn’t come out of the blocks, maybe it’s the journey, or I don’t know, but nowhere near good enough first half.”

Hatters came out quickly after the break though, Cameron McGeehan ending a 10-hour goal drought for the club at Bootham Crescent, before Jack Marriott made it 2-1 and Lee won it in stoppage time.

However, Jones was still not completely satisfied, particularly with the visitors defending, Stephen O’Donnell’s poor backpass gifting York a leveller.

He added: “We upped the tempo second half, came out of the blocks and we scored, then we give them a goal which can’t happen but is happening.

“Then we got the lead back again, then we should had defended that better, and then we managed to win it with a wonderful strike.

“So overall summing up, not good enough in performance, not enough desire, not enough potency about us and willingness to really work hard and really put in a shift for Luton Town.

“But we scored three good goals, two things we worked on, not Olly Lee’s as that was a bit of individual quality, so overall it’s mixed but three points, it’s an away win, keeps our good away form going and I’m pleased as much as that.”