Jones: We got what we didn’t deserve
LUTON Town boss Nathan Jones admitted his side rode their luck in holding out for a goalless draw against Rochdale at Spotland.
The Hatters played out the final 20 minutes of the game down to ten men after Danny Hylton’s dismissal for a challenge on Ian Henderson.
The visitors had been second best throughout and Jones was the first to admit that.
“For the first time in a long, long time we got something we probably didn’t deserve,” he said.
“But we stuck at it, we had to change shape and we showed resilience. Their fans said to me ‘you were lucky today’ - I know that! We had to ride our luck a little bit, but to be honest if you get what you deserve in football we’d have beaten Blackpool and Doncaster and I’d have had six more points and then I would have accepted defeat here quite comfortably. So we got what we didn’t deserve.
“It’s a good point because Rochdale are a good side, they cause you problems, though we allowed them to do that, we allowed them too much respect.”
On Hylton’s straight red card, Jones said the club would take a careful look at videos of the incident before making a decision whether or not to appeal against the striker’s three-match ban.
“Whether it was reckless or whether a yellow card would have sufficed I’m not sure, but we’ll have a really good look at it and if there are grounds for appeal we’ll consider that, but I wish we weren’t in that situation,” he said. “It ended our opportunity to win the game and leaves us possibly without a player for three games.”