Jones reveals he made 'clinical decisions' rather than rant and rave at his players during half time as Hatters hit back to beat the Owls

Luton chief felt staying calm was crucial to the magnificent comeback victory

Saturday, 27th February 2021, 6:37 pm
Updated Saturday, 27th February 2021, 6:48 pm
Kal Naismith pulls one back for the Hatters against Sheffield Wednesday this afternoon

Luton boss Nathan Jones revealed he didn’t rant and rave at his players during the half time interval as the Hatters came back from 2-0 down to record a stunning 3-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday this afternoon.

Following an opening 45 minutes when the Hatters were comfortably second and probably even third best against their relegation threatened visitors, they trooped off no doubt expecting to be met by a ear-bashing from their manager which would been totally deserved.

However, Jones let his players stew in the dressing room before making three changes, Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu, Glen Rea and Harry Cornick replacing Joe Morrell, Tom Ince and Martin Cranie, with Town looking a completely different side for the second period.

Kal Naismith got the ball rolling on 52 minutes, with Ryan Tunnicliffe making it 2-2 six minutes later and then Elijah Adebayo’s towering header saw Luton snatch all three points late on, sending his manager sprinting up the touchline in pure unadulterated ecstasy.

When asked exactly what he said to under-performing players during the interval, Jones said: “I didn’t say too much to the players actually because we had about 10, 12 minutes in the manager's office where we thought calmly and collectively about what is going to turn this around.

“We deliberated and deliberated, went right to the wire really and then came out with those changes, with that personnel and then second half was just categorically different from what we got first half.

“A few years ago I would have gone in ranting and raving and not made clinical decisions and we wouldn’t have got the game back, but I've learned as a manager, I'm growing as a manager.

“I’m only five years into my managerial career so hopefully I've got another 20 years, hopefully it won't be 20 years of stress in terms of that.

“You have to make clinical decisions, what's the solution to the problem?

"And it was a huge problem, a huge problem, as it wasn't like they are getting in down the right hand side, so I'll change that, or tweak that, it wasn't.

“Everyone pretty much was inept first half, second half to a man everyone stepped up, we had more energy, more desire, and I thought we were superb second half.”

Although he only made the three substitutions at the break, Jones admitted no-one bar two of his team could have any complaints had they been hauled off.

He continued: “It was my worst half as a manager and bearing in mind when I was at Stoke I had some tough, tough days, that was my worst performance.

“I literally could have made 10 changes as (Simon) Sluga would have been exempt from anything and maybe Ryan Tunnicliffe could have been exempt at half time.

“We can talk about the negatives as we were absolutely miles off it first half, second half we were the type of team that I want us to be, front footed in everything we do.

"We played a diamond again which I’ve been much maligned for doing and I thought we were absolutely outstanding.

“To a man second half they were outstanding, I don’t think they had a shot on target whereas first half they could have had a hundred, literally could have had a hundred.

“It was just such a chalk and cheese performance, the levels went up, the basics went up, every single thing went through the roof and I’m just so happy and proud.”