Jones: Onus is on Town's strikers to take their chances

Hatters boss wants his side to show more in the final third

Luton striker James Collins stretches to get a foot to the ball against Brentford recently
Luton striker James Collins stretches to get a foot to the ball against Brentford recently

Luton manager Nathan Jones insists the onus is on Town’s forwards and top scorer James Collins to make the most of the chances being created for them to end their drought in front of goal against Huddersfield Town this afternoon.

The Hatters leading scorer hasn’t found the net since bagging a hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Preston North End on December 12, which took him up to nine for the season.

It’s not just Collins either, as in the 10 league and cup games following that game, Town have managed a mere six goals, none coming from a recognised striker either, with Glen Rea, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (2), George Moncur, Jordan Clark and Kazenga LuaLua on target.

Jones, who signed Walsall striker Eljah Adebayo to bolster his attacking ranks on Monday, said: “We’re getting in the final third enough, we’re getting balls in the box and it’s about us converting that, so it’s about every time we do get in and around there we put quality in the box or we have quality play.

“He’s (Collins) not getting hundreds of chances, but there’s chances per game that he’s getting and the onus will be on him to take those.

“He leads the line, he works hard, there’s more to him than just getting chances as we all have to chip in.

“We’re getting enough opportunities in and around the box to cause more problems, it’s just about showing a little bit more quality and that’s what we’ve got to do as if we’d have done that against Brentford, we would have got a result.

“And not many go there as you’ve seen, the two games since that Brentford have played at their stadium, they've scored 10-goals, so it shows that the level of performance we went there with was very high.

“Then Blackburn are a free-flowing team and it took us a major, major lapse in concentration and an error from our point for Blackburn to test our goalkeeper.

“That’s the sad thing from the weekend, because our levels of performance are excellent and if we just show a little bit more in the final third then we’d have more points and that’s the thing really.”