Jones dedicates Town's win over the Hornets to the Hatters board and supporters

Town chief felt performance was up there with the best he's seen

Saturday, 17th April 2021, 4:31 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 6:08 pm
Jordan Clark under pressure against Watford this afternoon

Luton boss Nathan Jones dedicated the Hatters’ first home win over their sworn enemy Watford in almost 30 years this afternoon to the club’s board and supporters.

Not since 1993 had Town come out on top against the Hornets, when goals from Kerry Dixon and Paul Telfer secured a 2-1 success at Kenilworth Road back in what was then the new Division One.

However, James Collins’ penalty with 12 minutes to go, his very first touch of the ball, saw Luton finally end that run, and deservedly so, as Jones said: “That was a big, significant win, a big, significant performance but what a thoroughly deserved win, a wonderful performance from start to finish as it was deserved.

“We were totally dominant in that game, probably as dominant a performance as we’ve ever had here and I know we’ve had sevens and eights, but judging by the opposition I’m so, so delighted.

“I want to dedicate that to Gary Sweet (chief executive), to the 2020 consortium for the work they’ve done and also our fans, because I know how much that means to everyone here.

“A big win, a win against your rivals and we’ve waited quite a long time.

"It’s 15 years since they’ve played this game, and we’ve been at different levels for 15 years.

“Now we’re at the same level, I don’t know how long for, but all we can do is play who is in front of us and I think we were absolutely magnificent, I’m so proud of the group, the club, everything.”

Town started the contest magnificently, creating chances for Luke Berry, Sonny Bradley, Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu and Kiernan Dewsbury, but couldn’t take any of them to drive home their complete and utter dominance.

Although the second half was more even until Collins netted from the spot, Jones added: "We should have been further ahead, if there were fans here, that could have been four, five or six, you just never know, but I think the level of performance was outstanding.

“They are a top side and they should be as of what they are, ex-Premier League and so on, and you still have to win games, and they've done that.

"I’m sure they will do it (go up), but today, they got dominated by a wonderful Luton team and I’m so proud of that.”