Hatters boss would like Town to break the 60-point barrier

Luton have already beaten last season's tally with win at Wycombe

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 9:52 am
James Bree gets to the ball at Wycombe on Saturday
James Bree gets to the ball at Wycombe on Saturday

Hatters boss Nathan Jones is now looking to see whether his side can reach 60 points in the Championship this season after beating their tally for last term when winning 3-1 at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

During Luton’s first campaign back in the second tier, they managed 51 points from 46 games, which was just enough to see them avoid relegation by the skin of their teeth, Jones coming back with nine matches to go to mastermind their safety when the club had looked doomed.

After being stuck on 50 points for two games following their win over Preston ahead of the international break, Luton finally usurped their tally from last season with victory at Adams Park at the weekend which saw them climb up to 53 points with six games still to go.

Town's best league position in recent times was back in 2005-06, when they finished 10th in the Championship on 61 points, and Jones is hoping they can achieve something similar, saying: "We’re two points above 51 points with two games to go, so anything now is bonus from last year.

"It’s how much we can go?

"We’d like to break the 60 point barrier if I’m honest, that’s not a target, but we’d like to do that as that’s a good haul for a Championship season.”

A win over rivals Watford this weekend would give Luton a huge chance of reaching their goal, although it will be far from easy, the Hornets appearing destined for an immediate return to the Premier League, sitting in second spot and on a run of seven wins from eight.

Searching for a first win on home soil against their opponents since 1993 when Paul Telfer and Kerry Dixon both netted in a 2-1 Division One success, Jones, who also has a home game with Reading on Wednesday evening to prepare for, said: “I was at their game last night (2-0 win over Reading on Friday) they’re a fantastic side.

“We’ve got two tough games coming up against promotion hopefuls, but it’s good going into those games on 53 points and with that we’re not going in with any fear.

“They’re two games at home that we can really relish as these are the games we wanted a few years ago.

“We were four, five leagues apart, now we’re playing them on the same stage, for how long I don’t know, but it’s fantastic.

“We’re really going to look forward to that game and Reading after, but we don’t just want to enjoy it as it’s real marquee game, we want to enjoy it as we’ve earned to be at the level and that’s what we’re going to do.”