Praise for Berry after he finds the net at Crewe

Luke Berry gets a hug from Alan Sheehan after making it 2-0
Luke Berry gets a hug from Alan Sheehan after making it 2-0

Hatters boss Nathan Jones was full of praise for midfielder Luke Berry after he ended his run of eight games without a goal at Crewe on Saturday.

The summer signing, who has already bagged a hat-trick since joining from Cambridge, was picked out by Andrew Shinnie’s pass just moments after Danny Hylton had put the visitors in front around the hour mark.

He works hard, he was unlucky not to get on the end of things in the first half, but he keeps making those runs.

Nathan Jones

Jones said: “That’s what we’ve brought him here for, his goals and he’s a fantastic athlete.

“He works hard, he was unlucky not to get on the end of things in the first half, but he keeps making those runs.

“He’s a little bit like Cameron (McGeehan) used to be, makes those runs, and if they keep doing that you get your rewards and fair play.

“It was a great pick out by Andrew Shinnie and we’re delighted. I don’t care who scores though, I don’t care how we score, but to get the win was everything.”

Team-mate Hylton was also impressed with the way Berry added number four of the campaign, as he said: “That’s one of the reasons why Bez has been brought in.

“He’s a terrific player, great technician, works so hard, but he scores goals from midfield. He did that and was unlucky in the first half that one just deflected over the bar.”

On the strike, defender Johnny Mullins said: “I’m sure Shins will say he was looking for Bez, and it was a great time to get the goal as it just took everything out of them, until they scored their goal, or we scored their goal.

“But it was very important to get two quick goals and really put us in the ascendancy and I felt that we thoroughly deserved the win today.”

The manner in which Town made it 2-0 so soon after the first arrived is something they are becoming masters of in recent weeks, putting the likes of Stevenage, Cambridge and Exeter to the sword.

On just why it keeps recurring, Hylton added: “I think that’s because of the way teams set up.

“They’re highly motivated and they try really hard, it’s all well and good doing that, but when you concede that goal, it knocks the stuffing out of you and you go, ‘we’re 1-0 down now’.

“Then we can go and get the second, the third and in some cases the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, and eighth in some games.

“But the first goal is always the hardest to get.

“I know it’s a bit cliched, but teams are motivated, but when you get the first goal, it knocks a bit of confidence out of the teams and you can go on.”