Testing time for Hatters boss as winless run stretches to five

Hatters boss Nathan Jones
Hatters boss Nathan Jones

Hatters boss Nathan Jones is aware he faces his most testing time since being appointed as Luton chief after seeing his side stretch their winless run to five games last weekend.

The sequence, which equals Town’s worst in the Football League since the start of the 2015-16 season, has seen Luton fall from within touching distance of the top three, to some eight points behind.

So we have to address that and that’s a test of me as the manager, test of the players.

Nathan Jones

On taking a tally of three points from a possible 15, Jones said: “It’s not too worrying, but we have to address that as we’re not winning games.

“We thought we’d go on a run at this point, but what we’ve done is go on a bad run.

“So we have to address that and that’s a test of me as the manager, test of the players.

“We’ve got games coming up and we’re not panicking in any way, we’ve just got to make sure we have to address it.”

On what needs to be done to get back to winning ways, Jones continued: “We’ve got to concentrate on us.

“I’m more focused on what we do and us getting back to what we do as we’re not doing that at the minute, we’re not consistently doing that.

“We do it for spells, did 45 against Exeter, and then late on, in terms of today (Colchester), a much better second half performance after our worst 45 we’ve had.”

Defeat at the weekend, going down 2-1 at Colchester, saw Luton leapfrogged by Saturday’s visitors to Kenilworth Road, Blackpool, who are currently nine games unbeaten.

Jones said: “Blackpool are level points with us, so it’s a big game again.

“We’ve got to make sure we don’t get down and worry. We’re still in a decent position, it could be better, but it could be far worse.

“We’ve got to make sure we finish strongly and not let it peter out in any kind of way.

“We’ve got to show character, show our ability and have got to get back to what we do.

“Once we do that, we’re a better side.”

Town were without leading scorer Danny Hylton for the trip to Colchester, while there are also doubts over midfielder Jordan Cook, who was replaced after 68 minutes by Olly Lee on Saturday.

Jones added: “It was a stiff hamstring.

“We’ve picked up a couple as they’ve put in big shifts for us with the midweek games and difficult journeys, on difficult pitches, so they’re going to be fatigued.

“We’re happy now we’ve got midweek to get them rested up and go again.”