Jones determined to let Foxes midfielder Dewsbury-Hall play through his dip in form

On-loan star responds with a fine second half display during Wednesday win

Monday, 1st March 2021, 1:21 pm
Updated Monday, 1st March 2021, 1:22 pm
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall drives forward against Sheffield Wednesday

Luton boss Nathan Jones has been determined to let on-loan Leicester City midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall play through his first poor patch of form for the Hatters recently.

The 22-year-old was a stand-out performer for Town once getting to grips with the Championship following his season long move from the Foxes, winning a host of star performer awards and club player of the month awards, culminating with an excellent winner at Bournemouth in January.

However, the last few matches have seen Dewsbury-Hall not quite at his best, while he was one of a number under-performing in the first half against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, with Town trailing 2-0 at the break.

The midfielder had been caught in possession for Josh Windass's first goal, as he lost the ball from Martin Cranie's risky pass into midfield, with Callum Paterson setting up the attacker to make it 1-0 from close range.

Although admitting he could have changed all 10 outfield players at the break, Jones left Dewsbury-Hall on and he responded with an excellent second half display, his corner seeing Kal Naismith pull one back immediately and then playing a big part in Ryan Tunnicliffe's leveller, with his ball down the line perfect for Elijah Adebyao's run and cross to tee up the midfielder.

He also had a hand in the winner, driving forward in possession before finding Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu who in turn sent Harry Cornick away to deliver for Adebayo's winner, as Jones said: “We were terrible first half, we should never had played there (pass into Dewsbury-Hall) six, seven minutes into the game.

“It was a straight ball into midfield inviting pressure, that’s not when you play as they’re fresh, they want to come on, so we caused our own problems first half.

“Kiernan was as bad as I’ve seen him and Kiernan’s been a little bit off it lately, but what we’ve decided to do as he’s such a good player is play him through it.

“Then players respond to that and then second half he was outstanding, absolutely outstanding.”