Justin: We must start turning our draws into wins

James Justin takes the ball down against Plymouth
James Justin takes the ball down against Plymouth

Luton’s teenage defender James Justin knows his team must start turning their draws into wins and quickly, if they are to feature in the League Two automatic promotion places this term.

The Hatters were held 1-1 by Plymouth Argyle at Kenilworth Road on Saturday, their 12th draw of the season and 10th by the same scoreline.

Hopefully in the next couple of months pick up those wins instead of draws and put us into those automatic places.

James Justin

It meant that Town remained eight points off the Pilgrims and 11 behind Doncaster, as they dropped to fifth in the table, with Justin saying: “This season we’ve drawn so many games.

“When teams just come here and sit back, it’s been hard to break them down sometimes.

“But we’ll keep plugging away and hopefully in the next couple of months pick up those wins instead of draws and put us into those automatic places.”

Hatters boss Nathan Jones is aware it has been an issue for his side too, although pointed to the fact that it’s usually Town going for a late winner, rather than being content with a point.

He continued: “We’ve drawn games and its been games that we’ve never been clinging on in.

“I can’t remember a game where we’ve been backs to the wall, clinging on for a point for dear life, and that’s the frustrating thing.

“It’s normally us pushing and we can’t quite get it, but lets not be too negative about the point.

“Plymouth are a good side, we’ve taken four points off them, taken four points off Doncaster. The only side to beat us in the top six or seven is Portsmouth, but we’re in a good place and I’m pleased with where we are.

“We just need to keep finding the three points that’s going to push us up the league as there’s a lot to play for.”

Although Luton struggled to create any clear-cut opportunities once Plymouth had levelled, Justin felt there was only one team who looked like they were trying to force victory.

He said: “I don’t know how we didn’t score to be honest. We’ll go back to the training ground and improve, analyse and come back firing the next game.

“We just couldn’t get that extra touch or flick to get it over the line, but a point’s not a dreadful result. Obviously we wanted three and we just have to pick ourselves up now.

“It’s happened a few times when the bigger teams have come here. When they’ve come out we’ve played round them and that’s why they’re sitting back, respecting us how we should be respected

“With the game changers coming on, they helped massively and picked us up when we needed a boost. We always need to be aware of the counter which we were in the end too.”

On the goal that drew Plymouth level, which came following a fine move on Justin’s flank, he added: “There was a mix up between, I don’t know who it was, but we’ve all got to man up and take responsibility and work as a team.

“He slipped through our guard and hopefully we’ll come back from that, look at it and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”