Jones believes a 'clinical' Town would be top eight this season

Hatters have managed just 40 goals in the Championship

Friday, 7th May 2021, 5:13 pm
Updated Friday, 7th May 2021, 5:14 pm
Elijah Adebayo saw this effort strike the woodwork against Rotherham on Tuesday night

Luton boss Nathan Jones knows the only thing that has held his side back from a top eight position in the Championship this term is a lack of goals.

After avoiding relegation on the final day of last season, Town have done superbly this term, sitting in 12th with one game to go and a top half place assured.

They have managed to do so despite failing to score in 19 of their 45 fixtures as well, notching a mere 40 goals so far which if they fail to net at QPR tomorrow, will be the joint lowest in a 46 game season in their history, having the same amount back in the 1995/96 campaign.

However, despite that stat, Town have managed to win a hugely impressive 17 games, to register their highest points tally in the second tier since the 1982, as Jones said: “It’s really hard to say a weakness in our season but if we’re looking at ways to improve then yes, because if we had a little bit more quality and clinical edge we’d be top eight, comfortably top eight.

"Middlesbrough got away with a win up there and a draw here, that should have been the reverse, we should have won here and drawn up there.

"You look at Birmingham, Nottingham Forest, both Swansea games, if we had (won them), we’d be in a totally different position.

"So that’s what we have to try and improve on, but we’ve had some wonderful results here.

"We’ve beaten Watford here, we’ve beaten Norwich here, Preston we beat 3-0, we’ve had some wonderful performances, wonderful away performances.

"So let’s not forget where we are and if we are playing to our budget then we’re going into next week looking at relegation, but we’re not.

"That’s a testament to everyone at the football club, not just the players, not just the manager, but everyone at the football club.

"As what we lack in certain areas, in terms of pure finance or an aesthetically beautiful place, we make up for in abundance in endeavour, in quality, in work-rate, in spirit, in forward-thinking, in everything we do.

"We're not just about running round and working hard, we’re actually planning and there’s a structure to this place and that’s why we improve year in year out.”

Luton assured themselves of a top half finish by drawing with relegation threatened Rotherham on Tuesday night, as they made it six games unbeaten in the league.

Although they couldn't end their home campaign with a win, yet again there were chances created and not taken, as Jones added: "It’s an end of season game, the pitch is a little bit difficult so it wasn’t one for the purists.

"With as much as stake, there were two honest sides that grafted, that denied each other.

"They said on Sky Sports they (Rotherham) probably had the better chances, I think they had one clear cut chance, but we’ve hit the post, hit the bar, we’ve had real opportunities.

"Even Pelly-Ruddock’s one from the edge of the box, if he just has a bit of control, it’s an easy chance, as if he can come on it, it’s sitting perfectly, so we’ve had good chances.

"We’ve had more possession, more attempts, more corners, so for me, we were probably the side that, it’s wrong for me to say the side who was trying to win it as they were as well, they needed to win it, it was just a good, honest game that probably lacked a bit of quality.

"That’s an end of season game, sometimes it can be a 5-4, but it shows the integrity of the league and the integrity of our team because we really gave it everything to try and win it.”