Jones lauds efforts of 'absolutely outstanding' Cornick in Coventry victory
Attacker grabs a sixth assist of the season in City win
Hatters boss Nathan Jones was quick to praise the 'absolutely outstanding' efforts of attacker Harry Cornick despite the striker’s goal drought continuing during last night’s 2-0 win over Coventry City.
The 25-year-old has now gone 40 games without scoring, his last coming against Leeds United on June 30, 2020, when he curled a beautiful effort into the net as Town earned a draw against the Championship title-winners on their way to achieving survival in the second tier themselves.
He has had a number of chances since, including in the victory over the Sky Blues, when it looked like his first of the season was on the cards as the ball dropped to him a few yards out after visiting keeper Ben Wilson couldn't gather under pressure from Elijah Adebayo.
Volleying goalwards, Cornick saw the ball strike the arm of defender Kyle McFadzean on the line, leading to the centre half seeing red, Adebayo converting the resulting spot-kick.
The winger was a constant menace throughout though, having already set up James Bree’s first goal for the club, with a good run and cross from the left, for a sixth assist of the season, the best from anyone in a Town shirt, as Jones said: “There’s two things really, one, he just needs to be slightly better in terms of in front of goal, but let's not forget he’s a constant threat, a constant, constant threat.
"It was a great ball from Harry who I thought was absolutely outstanding, he just needs a goal, but he was at the heart of a real threat.
“I’m delighted with his all-round performance, so if he scores, he scores, but if someone else scores, I really don't care, because it’s about the team.
"He’s magnificent for me and he’s everything I bought him here for.
"Al right I would like him to score a goal for his own peace of mind, but as long as he keeps putting performances in like that, I don’t care who scores.”
Defender Bree also things it won’t be too long before Cornick, who managed nine goals during Town’s first season in the second tier last term, is on the scoresheet again, adding: “We came out at half time and he said 'you’ve scored more goals this year.'
"I was like, 'Jesus,' but I think with Corns, he has chances and he does so well for the team with all the work he does.
"He’s going to score goals, he’s just having one of those moments that striker and wingers have, but he’ll be back and banging in goals soon enough.”