Jones unconcerned by Town’s horror record at Bootham Crescent

Luton boss Nathan Jones
Luton boss Nathan Jones

Luton Town’s unenviable record at York City is of no concern to manager Nathan Jones ahead of the trip to Bootham Crescent this weekend.

The Hatters head to a venue that they haven’t won at since September 2001, suffering four defeats and two draws in their last six visits.

“We don’t look at, well we haven’t won there before, or we haven’t got a good record there so we’ll adjust this, no we don’t.”

Nathan Jones

They haven’t even scored in any of those games either, with the last goal netted by Ian Hiller during their 2-1 Division Three triumph, while Hatters’ recent overall record against York isn’t much better either, winning just one of their last 13 meetings.

Even that 5-0 triumph at Kenilworth Road was against a City side reduced to 10 men on 15 minutes when keeper Michael Ingam was sent off and later going down to nine as now Town midfielder Jonathan Smith received an early bath too.

However, Jones said: “History is history, there’s nothing we can do about that.

“All we can focus on now is what we do day to day and then when we go into games, we don’t look at, well we haven’t won there before, or we haven’t got a good record there so we’ll adjust this, no we don’t.

“What we do is we evaluate what we need to do now and we do that. We’re looking forward to the game, it will be a difficult game regardless of history, regardless of any record, or whatever, it will be a very, very difficult game.

“We had a good result at the weekend. We bounced back from an uncharacteristic performance at Wimbledon and now we’re looking to get that consistency in our performance levels.”

Jones has already broken one record in his short time in charge of the club, with Hatters securing a first ever win at Mansfield.

They also won at home for the first time since November last time out, beating Hartlepool 2-1 on Saturday, with the Luton chief more interested in building on that result than righting past wrongs.

He continued: “We’ve had to show character and we’ve had to go over a few hurdles in terms of we’ve not won here, we’re not won there, we’ve not done this, we’ve not done that.

“But we’ve done a few things in the last few weeks and hopefully we can continue doing things that haven’t been done before apparently.

“Even though we’re not too concerned about that, we’re concerned about our results and what we do and if that ties in with psychological barriers or ticking boxes then fine.

“What we’re looking to do now is trying to get back-to-back wins, which is important if you want to try and climb the table and get any kind of consistency.

“That’s what we’re looking to do this week. It’s a big game, important game, an important few days.”

Hatters should have an unchanged squad for the clash with the League Two strugglers as well, with Jones confirming full back Stephen O’Donnell was fine after limping off last weekend, leaving just Nathan Doyle and Josh McQuoid as absentees.

He added: “We’ve had to look after him (O’Donnell) this week, we’ve had to look after a few of them that have put in good distances because physically they’re giving me everything.

“But we’ve done that as we’ve had the bonus of a free week, they’ve all trained well today and there’s no fresh injury concerns in any way.

“We’ve got a strong squad once again to pick from, the long term injuries we’re still without, but in terms of everything else, we’re looking decent.”