Jones impressed with Town's ability to bounce back from a poor first half and seal Millers triumph

Hatters boss Jones felt his team were nowhere near it in the opening 45 minutes
Hatters boss Nathan JonesHatters boss Nathan Jones
Hatters boss Nathan Jones

Luton chief Nathan Jones praised his side for the manner in which they bounced back from a poor first half performance to win 1-0 at Rotherham United this evening.

A Town team containing six changes including both George Moncur and Ryan Tunnicliffe in for rare starts, saw the visitors produce a poor opening 45 minutes, under the cosh for long periods, grateful to a superb save from Simon Sluga for keeping them level, although they did still create the best chance, Moncur denied by Millers keeper Jamal Blackman.

However, the second period saw Luton dominate proceedings, missing two glorious opportunities through James Collins and Harry Cornick, before Collins bagged what turned out to be the winner on 70 minutes, volleying home Luke Berry’s free kick.

Moncur then missed another sitter, while Berry was denied by the post, as Town could and should have won by more, with Jones saying: “I’m definitely pleased with the second half performance, any win on the road in the Championship is a good win, but first half we were nowhere near the levels.

“We made six changes, one or two enforced but the rest were to freshen up, so we could come here with energy as we knew these are an energetic side.

“They play on the front foot, so we knew we’d have to combat that, and we didn’t do that first half.

“Ironically we had the best chance of the first half, a glorious chance for George, but second half was more us.

“We were front-footed, we took the game to Rotherham and I thought we were excellent.

“It was tight towards the end, but we should have been out of sight, without being disrespectful to anyone.

“We hit the post, George has had another chance, Collo’s had a point blank opportunity, we should have been two or three up by the time we go into injury time and that's the only, not disappointing thing, but the thing we need to learn from that.”

Jones made one change to his side during the break, bringing on Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu for Joe Morrell as when asked just what he said to the players during the interval to bring about such a dramatic change in fortunes, he added: “I just wanted them to go back to the game-plan.

"We made six changes so that we’d had more energy and win the battles which we didn’t.

“Joe was a bit unlucky, as physically he's not like Pelly, so we made the changes and just did second half what we hoped we would do from the start.

“As you know against Rotherham you have to be front footed because they test you, they’re aggressive, they work hard, they're in your face, they were better than us first half.

“But second half, I thought we were excellent and just a tinge of disappointment we didn't score more.”