Jones: We got what we didn’t de­serve

Rochdale Observer - - GARDENING FOOD WINE -

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.”

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