HATTER NATHAN FACING BIGGEST TEST YET
NATHAN Jones believes he is facing the biggest challenge of his managerial career as he attempts to arrest Luton’s alarming slump.
A run of just one win in eight games, prior to yesterday’s clash with Blackpool, has the Hatters looking over their shoulder – with their previously safe play-off spot now under serious threat.
The Hatters have what seems a kind set of fixtures on the horizon, with ailing Leyton Orient and mid-table Barnet still to come, but Jones is not shying away from the task he has in front of him.
“This is a test for me as a manager, but I love my job and I love the challenge. That’s why I wanted to be a manager,” he said.
“You want that pressure – and we do have it at a club like this – but I’m well-equipped to cope. We will come through it and, when we do, we’ll be a stronger group for it.
“Last year, when they were tested they didn’t come through it.
“This year we have to show we are a more solid and stern group.”
Despite their woeful spell of form, Jones remains convinced the Hatters can turn it around and still guarantee a playoff place – even if automatic promotion looks unlikely.
“We wanted to go up automatic, but we have to be realistic now,” he added. “It’s still a great position to be in, though.
“The minimum requirement is to go up through the play-offs, and we’re on track for that.
“It’s shoot-out time now. Nobody can slip up, if you like. It’s just fine margins.
“We’re not a million miles away from where we were if we had taken the chances.
“We need to keep more clean sheets and add a clinical edge.
“We’re still in a good place, and we can’t throw it away now.”
UPBEAT: Nathan Jones