FUMING JONES BLASTS COOPER
LUTON boss Nathan Jones slammed Forest Green manager Mark Cooper as his promoted charges signed off for the season with a point at Notts County.
Jones’s side had to scrap for a draw following Danny Hylton’s dismissal early in the second half but had the best chances to take all three points, with Jack Stacey going close while Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu was denied by a fantastic tackle by Matt Tootle.
Post-match, Jones could not resist pouring scorn on Cooper, who said his Forest Green side had “murdered” Luton in their 3-1 defeat to the Hatters the week before.
“That’s the best 0-0 performance I’ve seen from my team. From start to finish, we were wonderful,” said the Luton boss.
“I am not going to speak about anything else but our performance and that was a credit to the football club.
“I am amazed how we didn’t score because, normally, we are lethal.
“We had that many chances, that much possession and that much quality, but credit to Notts County as to how they defended.
“But for me, unlike Mark Cooper, who delusionally commented on another team, I thought we were outstanding.
“The disrespect we had from Mark, whose Forest Green side are not on the same planet as Luton, was quite amazing.
“That’s the last I am going to comment on it – but I thought we were wonderful.” Luton could and perhaps should have rounded off the season with a win, having created numerous chances to take all three points at Meadow Lane.
Olly Lee forced Adam Collin into a save early on while Stacey went close with a shot across goal following a smart move by the visitors.
Jon Stead and Jorge Grant responded for Notts, who would have been disappointed not to have made the most of having an extra man after Hylton was shown a second yellow card for catching Shaun Brisley with his arm as the pair challenged for an aerial ball.
Even then, Luton continued to attack, with Stacey producing a carbon copy of his effort in the first half.
Magpies boss Kevin Nolan, whose side now face Coventry in the play-offs, felt his players could have done better after Hylton’s dismissal.
“It was an enjoyable game for the fans because there were lots of chances and plenty of oohs and aahs,” he said.
“But I am delighted we got the clean sheet and I always thought it was going to be a tough game no matter what.
“We created chances, although we could have put them under more pressure when they went down to 10 men, which is something we can work on.
“It’s been a fantastic 46 games and we’ve got two games now in a knockout competition, in which we’ve got to be better than Coventry over 180 minutes.
“If we are, then I feel we will be going to Wembley.”
HANG TIME: Luton skipper Alan Sheehan, left, gets up above Notts County striker Jon Stead while, inset, County midfielder Jorge Grant attempts an overhead kick