Town midfielder praised after return to the side

Hatters midfielder Jonathan Smith
Hatters midfielder Jonathan Smith

Hatters midfielder Jonathan Smith has been praised for his impact since coming back into the team by manager Nathan Jones.

The 29-year-old had been more a less a regular under previous boss John Still, but despite starting Jones’ first three matches in charge, was then dropped to the bench for five games.

“We know what get from Smudger all the time and he’s come back in and done really, really well.”

Nathan Jones

He was was back for the 1-0 win over Morecambe though and kept his place at Leyton Orient last weekend too as Jones said: “Smudger’s an important member of what we do here. He knows the club, we know what get from Smudger all the time and he’s come back in and done really, really well.

“He’s been part of parcel of a team performance, because no individual has really stood out and said ‘he’s done this.’

“It’s been a team performance because every single one of them has had to contribute in every game for us to get a result.

“I’ve been pleased with all of them. The thing about a squad is when you’ve got a good squad you learn about them and then certain people need freshening up or have a dip in form or are not quite at it for a game and then you have individuals and you can put them in.”

Meanwhile, captain Scott Cuthbert was another who looked back to his best at the weekend, with a commanding performance against former side Orient, as Jones added: “He’s been excellent for me since I’ve come in. He’s learning as well, because he’s at a good age to learn and to develop, and he’s doing that.

“He’s led by example, wanted to train, trains fantastically well, he drives people on so he’s been a good captain for me.

“I’ve found him excellent to deal with and I’m not aware of any critics that he had but I would imagine that a lot of them would have had a few critics with a few results they may have had early on.

“But we can’t affect that and we’re not looking to affect that. We’ve asked for a positive reaction from them and since I’ve come in I’ve got that near enough all the time and even when we did have a setback we recovered from that, which is pleasing.

“I wouldn’t want to single out any individuals for any praise as I think they’re all working well.“