Jones gutted Town's 'army' of supporters couldn't witness Luton's triumph at Swansea

Hatters boss wishes away end had been full at the Liberty Stadium

By Mike Simmonds
Sunday, 28th June 2020, 2:01 pm
Updated Sunday, 28th June 2020, 2:04 pm
Hatters boss Nathan Jones celebrates the 1-0 win at Swansea yesterday
Hatters boss Nathan Jones celebrates the 1-0 win at Swansea yesterday

Luton boss Nathan Jones was gutted that the hordes of travelling Hatters fans weren't able to witness their side's superb 1-0 win at promotion-chasing Swansea City yesterday afternoon.

Town, who had started the game at the bottom of the table, more than matched their opponents in the first half, creating the best chance through Harry Cornick, who drilled over from close range.

They weathered a mini spell of pressure from the hosts in the second period, before James Collins won it for the visitors, powerfully heading home a fantastic right wing cross by substitute Izzy Brown.

Town then had to see out nine minutes of injury time after home substitute Jordon Garrick was dismissed for throwing a punch at Collins late on, which they did with ease, Conor Gallagher's curling attempt that flew wide the closest they came to an equaliser.

The only tinge of disappointment for Jones on the day was that there was no away supporters there due to the game being played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus.

He said: "We're scrapping for every single point.

"I think we managed the whole game, we restricted a very good Swansea side, Coops (Steve Cooper) has done brilliantly here, and with that side, and I'm so proud.

"It was very, very difficult to limit a side that's pushing, it helped that they were down to 10 men, but I thought we thoroughly deserved that today.

"I'm very proud, I'm proud of my club, I'm always proud of our club, proud of how we go about our work and I thought they were excellent.

"There would have been two thousand fans here today because that's the army that we travel with if you like, the metaphorical army that we travel with.

"It's a shame that they couldn't see it as it would have been even more special if we'd have had the fans here as well, but that's the age that we're in at the minute.

"We'll take the three points, we'll definitely take the performance and we kick on from there."

On the dismissal for Garrick, Jones added: "As soon as he did it everyone reacted, it's not something you want to see in terms of the melee, but we're fighting for our lives.

"I wouldn't want to comment on the Swansea player, but a punch was thrown, if you do that in football, you can't do that."