Pelly will have words with ex-Hatter Andre Gray after Hornets striker sees late equaliser disallowed

Former Luton forward flagged offside in stoppage time

Monday, 19th April 2021, 12:20 pm
Updated Monday, 19th April 2021, 12:22 pm
Former Luton striker Andre Gray was on the bench for Watford

Town midfielder Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu admitted he would need to have a few words with former team-mate Andre Gray after the attacker almost ruined Luton’s first home win over rivals Watford since 1993 on Saturday.

With time running out and the Hatters 1-0 to the good, excellent value for their lead too, it looked like Gray, a late substitute for the visitors, who spent two years at Kenilworth Road between 2012-14, scoring 57 goals in 111 games, had equalised, turning home from close range after a corner dropped to him.

Gray then saw his celebrations cut short by the referee's assistant though, flagging for offside, as Mpanzu, who was part of the same Town team with Gray that won promotion back into the Football League, said: “I don’t know what he’s doing!

"He tried, I’ll have to give him a few words after, but fortunately the flag went up.

"We keep a good line after a corner and the flag went up, I don’t know where he’s running to, but he has to hold that now.

“I still talk to him here and there, he was here when I was here, so we’re still good friends.”

Boss Nathan Jones, who was just about to bring Dan Potts as the goal was chalked off, added: “We didn’t look at any point that we were ever going to lose that game.

"We could have drawn at the end, but it’s a great decision as again how we worked on things, when that ball goes in, we squeeze and leave the man in the six yard box.

"So it was a real good day for us.”