Jones urges Hatters to produce against Stevenage

Town boss Nathan Jones
Town boss Nathan Jones

Hatters boss Nathan Jones wants his side to show their true colours against Stevenage this afternoon.

The Luton chief saw Boro pick up a 1-0 win at Kenilworth Road towards the end of last season, in a game where Town were nowhere near their best, conceding a late penalty that Michael Tonge converted.

“We couldn’t be in a better position, so I want them to embrace that and go into that game with that confidence and that energy.”

Nathan Jones

However, Hatters go into today’s clash top of the league and undefeated so far this term as Jones said: “They came here and I don’t feel we performed when we played them here in my first game.

“But I’m looking forward to going there, it’s a local derby, there’ll be a good crowd there, we’ll travel well, because we always do, so I’m looking forward to that and my players are looking forward to that.

“We couldn’t be in a better position, so I want them to embrace that and go into that game with that confidence and that energy and I’m looking forward to the game.

With Stevenage’s side containing Luke Wilkinson, who Jones allowed to leave Hatters when taking over, plus Ronnie Henry and Fraser Franks, the Luton chief expects them to give a bit more in attempts to get a result against their former side.

He continued: “They should have that motivation every game, but it does add a bit, as I always had extra motivation when I played against Brighton for example.

“But we can’t be concerned with Fraser Franks, with Luke Wilkinson and Ronnie Henry, we have to concentrate on Luton Town, on what we are and what we’re doing.

“We’ve got good players, who can handle occasion, so that’s what we have to do, we have to make sure that we’re clinical, we’re at it, and concentrate on us.”

Boro are managed by Darren Sarll, who has had a tough start to the season, with his side currently second bottom without a league win to their name as Jones added: “I knew quite a lot about him, I know he’s well respected there and making his way in management and good luck to him, after Saturday I wish him all the bet because he’s a nice chap as well.

“So no problems with him, Saturday will just be concentrating on us, getting the level of performance we need, away from home, in front of our fans.”