The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By Chris Dunlavy

LU­TON striker Craig Mack­ailSmith reck­ons new gaffer Nathan Jones will re­place blood and thun­der with Tiki Taka at Ke­nil­worth Road. says that ex­pe­ri­ence should re­sult in some crowd-pleas­ing foot­ball.

“I’ve seen Nathan first-hand and I think it’s a fan­tas­tic ap­point­ment,” said the 31-year-old, who started his ca­reer with Non-League Arlesey. “He’s some­one that a lot of peo­ple haven’t heard of but he’s burst­ing with ideas and he’s got a phi­los­o­phy that fans will love.

“I was des­per­ately sad for John and, to be hon­est, I felt I let him down a lit­tle bit. But now he’s gone, I think it was time for a com­plete change of tack. “Un­der John, it was all about get­ting the

ball in the fi­nal third as quickly as pos­si­ble.Nathan is a lot more about the Brighton way – pass­ing short, mov­ing the ball quickly, keep­ing pos­ses­sion.


“League Two is tough. You just throw ev­ery­thing you’ve got at the op­po­si­tion and see what hap­pens. Hope­fully Nathan can bring a bit more qual­ity and we can stand out from the crowd.

“We’ve cer­tainly got a squad of play­ers who are com­fort­able on the ball and so far we’ve un­der­achieved mas­sively. In Nathan, I think we’ve got some­one who can bring peo­ple out of their shells a bit, en­cour­age them to show what they can do. I think the fans will re­ally en­joy it.”

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