Exiles draw is a learning curve for Jones

Luton Town boss Nathan Jones felt that Saturday's 1-1 draw against Newport County was something of a learning curve for himself.

Monday, 25th April 2016, 11:28 am
Updated Monday, 25th April 2016, 1:04 pm
Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu is denied by a last-ditch challenge on Saturday

The Hatters chief opted to keep faith with the same side for the third game running, after excellent away victories at Oxford United and Carlisle United.

However, a frustrating first half saw the hosts never really get going, with Jones opting to withdraw Alex Lawless after just 30 minutes, and although they improved during the second period, Jones felt he should probably made changes to his team beforehand.

He said: “Maybe that’s a learning curve for me as they’ve done brilliantly and I’ve kept with the same side that’s done brilliant but we’ve got a squad here that maybe we should have used and freshened it up but we didn’t.

Cameron McGeehan in action at the weekend

“Smudger (Jonathan Smith) was unlucky to miss out after only a few days back training after being ill, but those are the type that we want here and maybe I should have mixed it up a little bit.

“I went with the same side that had done superbly well because I’m not sure how they would have taken it if I had changed things.

“But maybe that’s a learning curve for me to use it and freshen stuff up at times.”

Jones was pleased with the performances of subs Cameron McGeehan, Zane Banton and Jack Marriott though, with the latter breaking the deadlock by scoring goal number 14 of the campaign.

Cameron McGeehan in action at the weekend

The boss continued: “They definitely did have a real impact when they came on and that’s what we want from the game changers, as they’re not subs.

“We had good positions and should have scored first half, Joe had a couple of chances, Pelly Ruddock had a great chance, it was just a lacklustre performance. But if someone had said four games ago you’d taken 10 points, we’d have taken that.”

However, Town were pegged back late on by Souleymane Coulibaly’s strike, leaving Jones frustrated with the ease his side conceded once more.

He added: “From our point of view it’s a disappointing goal to give away. A looping ball in that we’ve got two six foot plus people in the box and their substitute gets in between and has a free header.

“It’s very, very disappointing and we’ve been excellent defending our box and we’ve had to defend our box for far longer than we did today and they just switched off.

“It’s symptomatic of our performance, they just switched off and it was lacklustre defending to see out the game, but we didn’t do that as we should have won the game.”