Jones will limit 'keen runner' Collins to ensure he remains Luton's focal point

James Collins celebrates his winner at Swansea on SaturdayJames Collins celebrates his winner at Swansea on Saturday
James Collins celebrates his winner at Swansea on Saturday
Luton attacker told to stop chasing full backs

Luton boss Nathan Jones revealed he has placed some limits on striker James Collins to ensure the striker is in the right place to score the goals that hopefully lead Town to Championship safety.

The 29-year-old forward netted the winner at Swansea City on Saturday, powering home a superb header from Izzy Brown’s inviting cross.

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Under previous manager Graeme Jones, Collins had found himself asked to do a lot more work off the ball, particularly defensively, often finding himself too wide to be a consistent threat in the opposition's penalty area.

However, that won't be the case anymore, as Jones said: “We've tried to limit certain things that he does as he's such a keen runner that he wants to run everywhere and wants to chase full backs back.

"He'll do it, but he's been central and if we get him central and give him service, he'll score goals, whatever level.

"He's an international now, which is when we bought him from Crawley, that's what we told him, so he's bought into everything we've told him.”

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Brown, who has starred at times during his loan spell from Premier League Chelsea, had only been on the field for 10 minutes, when dug out another glorious delivery for Collins to head home.

Jones continued: "We said to Izzy we're going to bring him on when the game opens up and we want 90 minutes work in 30, giving us a bit of magic, and he did both.

"He has to have that, if he does that and gets himself into the game, the lad has quality and he's shown that.

“I’m delighted, proud about how they’ve gone about their work.

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"From the day they’ve come in, the group, they work hard, they want to learn, so then it comes down to the work that we do, if our work can be good enough.

"These will want to carry it out and it was a pretty special away day for us.

"They haven’t had too many wins away from home, but this is an excellent, excellent Swansea side that can cause you problems.

"But I thought we were solid, we had the best chances of the game, Harry Cornick had a great one first half, a little bit more composure and we cold have been ahead at half time."

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