Jones felt Luton were jaded during Glovers draw

Hatters boss Nathan Jones felt the exertions from Wednesday night's superb win over Aston Villa in the EFL Cup played a huge part in Town's 1-1 draw against Yeovil Town at Kenilworth Road this afternoon.

Saturday, 13th August 2016, 10:28 pm
Updated Saturday, 13th August 2016, 11:35 pm
Hatters boss Nathan Jones watches on against Yeovil

Although Luton had the lead through Stephen O’Donnell’s wonder strike after 26 minutes, they were pegged back in the latter stages, with Tom Eaves’ header earning the Glovers a point.

Jones said: “We weren’t anywhere near where we have been lately, our energy and so on, but it’s been a big week for us in terms of Plymouth away and then the massive euphoria and the energy it took to win the game on Wednesday night.

“It showed, we’ve had a day less as we lacked a real spark about us and on the whole, I’m reasonably pleased with a point, but we were nowhere near where we normally need to be.”

“We looked lethargic in terms of how we played, no energy in our press, you could see in Pelly-Ruddock (Mpanzu), Cameron (McGeehan) were way, way, way off where they normally are energy-wise, same with the front two.

“It was like a slugging match at the end, one end, one end, one end. It reminded me of a boxing match, both teams tried to win it, both teams were still going for it, it was a little too open for my liking, but that’s the way it is.

“I’m proud of them as they gave me everything and after the week we had it was a decent point.”

On O’Donnell’s stunner, Jones continued: “It was a great strike and we’ve probably had a lot of easier chances than that to have taken the lead, as we had situations first half.

“They came, they set up, they sat in early, we tried to break that down, we couldn’t, but it was a great strike though and I’m glad we had that otherwise it could have been a tricky afternoon.”

However, despite the point ending Town’s 100 per cent start to the campaign, Jones declared himself happy with his side’s opening week as they remained at the top of the table.

He added: “It was important that we didn’t lose, I would have liked to have won a game, but we’re just at the end of a big week and you could see we were jaded in how we went about our work, so I’m glad that we didn’t lose the game.

“It’s been a very good week though, we’d have taken two wins and a draw at the start of the week and after the euphoria of Wednesday, they (Yeovil) had a day extra rest and that probably showed late on in the game.”