Jones hails Hatters’ ambition to steal injury-time win

Jordan Cook looks for an opening against Newport
Jordan Cook looks for an opening against Newport

Hatters boss Nathan Jones hailed his side’s ambition as they beat Newport County 2-1 at Kenilworth Road last night.

The hosts had gone down to 10 men in the final 10 minutes when centre half Johnny Mullins was sent off, but Jones kept two strikers on the pitch and it paid dividends in injury time when Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu won a penalty and Cameron McGeehan converted.

On the result, Jones said: “They’re a great bunch of footballers a great bunch of characters and I love them, I absolutely love them.

“Because we have ambition and they want to win stuff, and they have a real pair.

“They really want to play here and we really want to win games. We know sides are going to come, park the bus, play like that, where they try and slow the game down, try to cause problems, diving, nah, we try to play right and what a magnificent performance.

“With 10 men, we still kept two upfront, tried to win the game, I’m proud of my Luton Town and everyone in this stadium should be proud of Luton Town.”

On what he made of the red card handed out to Mullins for his second foul in quick succession, Jones continued: “I don’t know, the second one was definitely a booking and it’s one of those things.

“But he could do with a rest anyway, he’s played every game, so he’ll get one now.”