Jones frustrated by Luton's failure to add a second goal in Huddersfield draw

Town made to pay for missed chances

Hatters boss Nathan Jones
Hatters boss Nathan Jones

Hatters boss Nathan Jones was frustrated with his side for failing to build on their early advantage as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Huddersfield Town at Kenilworth Road this afternoon.

The hosts led through their quickest goal of the season so far, James Collins reaching double figures for the campaign on 11 minutes, turning home Harry Cornick's pinpoint cross into the gaping net.

Luton then missed a wonderful chance on the stroke of half time, Dan Potts’ close range header striking the post, while Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu whizzed over from the edge of the box in the second period.

Huddersfield levelled with 15 minutes left, Naby Sarr on target, much to Jones' annoyance, as he also saw Glen Rea hit the woodwork

The manager said: "I thought after the first half we should have been more than one up as Pottsy’s (Dan Potts) had a great chance right on half time which would have made it two.

“We’ve had double the shots on target that they've had, they've had more possession than us, but they're a possession-based side in terms of how they set up.

“I’m quite happy with the performance, I'm just disappointed we didn't get the second goal as I think that would have been enough.

“We wanted to play on the front foot, the first goal is so important, we don't tend to lose when we get the first goal.

“We got that, and I’m just disappointed we didn't go further ahead as our play deserved more.

“Second half they came out, they controlled possession a little bit more than us, but I still thought we were a real threat.

“Pelly had a chance, we’ve hit the post later on, had a lot of balls in the final third without quite picking out people.

"I’m happy enough with the performance, I'm just disappointed that we weren’t a little bit more dominant and didn’t get that second goal.”

Jones was also not best pleased with the manner of the Terriers equaliser which saw Juninho Bacuna’s free kick parried by Simon Sluga, with Sarr left unmarked to tap home.

He added: “It was naïve defending, their free kick’s soft, we haven't lined up properly for it and they haven't had to do a hell of a lot to score that goal and that’s the disappointing thing.

"We've got three in the wall from a wide angle which we’ll have a look at, then it’s too easy for someone to walk off us as he did.

“The free kick’s come at a low height, parried it back out and then they've scored from it.

“It’s not a good goal, we've defended set-plays brilliantly, they’ve put some real good balls in, but I thought we were excellent in terms of getting the first contact and really defending well.

"I'm just really, really disappointed we didn’t get that second goal.”