Clark felt Luton should have been awarded a penalty against Swansea for 'rugby tackle' on Adebayo

Midfielder disappointed Town didn't get a spot-kick from referee Bond

Monday, 15th March 2021, 11:35 am
Updated Monday, 15th March 2021, 11:36 am
Elijah Adebayo is barged over during Town's 1-0 defeat to Swansea on Saturday

Luton midfielder Jordan Clark felt that the challenge on team-mate Eljah Adebayo which wasn't given as a penalty during his side's 1-0 defeat to Swansea City on Saturday, wouldn’t have looked out of place on the rugby pitch.

With 10 minutes remaining at Kenilworth Road, Adebayo took the ball on his chest inside the Swans' penalty area, only to be barged to the floor by defender Joel Latibeaudiere for what looked like a clear spot-kick.

Referee Darren Bond was unmoved though, as he had been in the first period, when Luton appealed for a penalty following a perceived handball in the box.

An aggrieved boss Nathan Jones felt both decisions should have gone in Luton’s favour, as Clark agreed, saying: “I didn't see the handball, but I think the one in the second half was a stonewall one really.

"I’m a big rugby fan, so it looked like a good rugby tackle to me.

"I’ll have to watch it again, but it did look like a penalty.”

Despite being on the wrong end of the calls, Jones thought his side had done enough to have won the game regardless.

The stats back up his views too, with Luton having 12 shots, five on target, compared to eight from the Swans, only two testing Simon Sluga, which included Conor Hourihane's third minute goal that proved to be the winner.

The Town chief said: “It’s so difficult as the performance level was right up there, but it’s so raw now as we’ve just lost the game 1-0 and we lost the game 1-0 from two things as I said.

"People didn’t make the right decisions, but we had enough opportunities to have got something out of the game.

"Taking the officials out of it, taking the penalty appeals out of it, we’ve had enough opportunities to have got something from the game, but then when you add that to it, it’s doubly disappointing as we should have."

Clark echoed his manager's thoughts once more, as he felt Luton shouldn't have suffered a second successive defeat, especially frustrated with the manner of Hourihane's strike which saw Town's defence caught out by a ball over the top, saying: "We said start well, and I thought we did, but one long ball in behind, sloppy, then it’s a tough game.

"We're chasing the game, they’re a good side, second in the league for a reason and just sat in a little bit today which made it difficult for us.

"We couldn’t really find that clinical edge which got us a draw or even three points.

"We had many chances, but just that final third, that bit of quality which we were lacking today."

One ruling that Clark did accept the officials got right on the day was to disallow Dan Potts’ header in the first half when the full back rose excellently to meet James Bree's right wing cross and score with a downward header that was quickly chalked off.

The summer signing conceded: "I think it was offside.

"I said to one of the lads, 'heard anything about the goal?'

"He said it was offside, so no qualms about that.”