Jones happy with his evolving Hatters

Hatters boss Nathan Jones
Hatters boss Nathan Jones

Hatters boss Nathan Jones believes it’s vital that his promotion chasing side have begun to evolve over the course of the season.

Luton could have been accused during the earlier stages of the campaign of sticking with their possession based style of football, to their detriment at times, unable to break teams down who had set up to defend against them.

We’ve preached and preached and preached that we’re a passing side and a penetrative side and so on, but we’re going to have to have other dimensions if we’re going to keep winning games.

Nathan Jones

However, Jones, to his credit, clearly noticed that was becoming an issue, and has since taken steps to rectify that, making Town a threat against any style of opposition they come up against.

The Luton chief said: “I think at any level but especially at our level now, what we are is, we don’t want to become a one trick pony, we don’t want to become predictable in anything that we do.

“So we’ve had to evolve as a team and we’ve tried that through different shapes and so on.

“Now we’ve had a different dimensions to our game and it’s brought fruition. So whatever sides want to do to us, if they want to come back and sit back and sit in, absolutely no problem from our point of view because we have different ways of winning games and we’ve proved that.

“I’m pleased with where we are as a squad and a team, pleased with where we are educationally and we’re proving we can do what we need to do.”

The signing of 6ft 5ins striker Ollie Palmer is one such way that Luton have achieved this, boosting Luton’s aerial threat during matches.

Meanwhile against Hartlepool on Tuesday night, they went direct a lot earlier and it paid dividends, particularly with Luke Gambin’s goal, the midfielder pouncing after the visitors defence failed to deal with a ball over the top.

Jones added: “We’ve done something in recent weeks that we haven’t done before in terms of our play, in terms of having a new dimension, having a different dimension to our team.

“That’s not from Ollie Palmer, that’s different stuff we’ve done. We’ve concentrated on different things that have brought us fruition actually, so it’s about educating.

“Look, we’ve preached and preached and preached that we’re a passing side and a penetrative side and so on, but we’re going to have to have other dimensions if we’re going to keep winning games.

“That’s what we’ve had and that’s been the really pleasing aspect of it and have had to go over that with them to make sure they’re still believing in that.”