Jones hails Pelly’s positional change as ‘brilliant management’

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Hatters boss Nathan Jones was happy to take some of the credit for Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu’s match-winner in the 1-0 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge last night.

After the midfielder had been employed in a deeper role against Accrington Stanley at the weekend, Jones opted to push him further forward this time and he delivered with spanking strike for his second of the season.

“That’s brilliant management from me to play him in that position if I’m honest, that’s absolute brilliant management from me.”

Nathan Jones

Speaking afterwards, Jones said: “That’s brilliant management from me to play him in that position if I’m honest, that’s absolute brilliant management from me.

“He came here as centre half, defensive kind of player and I played him as a number 10 because I believe he has something, so I’ve got to be honest, I’m patting myself on the back to play him there.

“I find him a great lad, he wants to learn, wants to do so much, he just needs a bit of guidance.

“He’s a young player, as all young players do, they need guidance, they need belief, need someone to sometimes put an arm round them, sometimes give them a rocket.

“But he’s a great lad and we love having him here.”

Town defender Stephen O’Donnell was also left enthusing over Ruddock Mpanzu’s strike and believes that if he can stay fully fit, Luton have a serious talent within their armoury.

He added: “It wasn’t bad at all, and he’s got that ability and got that quality in his game.

“It’s just about getting the game time, staying fit and he’s got that quality that will scare any defenders.

“He’s got every attribute under the sun, if we can get him flying and fit think it will be a big asset.

“He was probably man of the match again and we just need to get a consistency in the team now.

“The manager picks the team every week to put his philosophy, stamp his authority on the game and Pelly at times hasn’t been in but he has the quality to affect any team.”