Luton Town boss Graeme Jones believes his side can survive relegation back down to League One, if they can maintain their current form until the end of the season.
The Hatters have looked like relegation contenders from the off. Coming up from League One in the manner that they did, many expected them to be dark horses in the Championship this season.
But that’s not been the case, and they’ve spent most of the season in the relegation zone. They looked all but relegated after Christmas, but they’ve since turned a corner, and Jones feels like they still have a fighting chance – he told Luton Today:
“Six points we have to make up, we feel like we can. If you look at the form guide, we’re right up there, you’re talking about three wins, two draws and one defeat in our last six.”
Luton have picked up impressive wins against Sheffield Wednesday, Middlesbrough and Brentford in recent weeks, coinciding with an upturn in form for a lot of the relegation-threatened teams.
It’s pulled more contenders into the relegation scrap, but Luton remain six points adrift in 23rd:
“Four wins, two draws and three defeats in our last nine, if we repeat that between now and the end of the season we’ll be safe,” insisted Jones. “So current form suggests that we’re going to do it, not based on an opinion, based on facts.”
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It’d be nothing short of miraculous of Luton stayed in the Championship this season. They’ve been poor throughout but have pulled off enough scalps to leave themselves with a chance.
There’s a few teams who look to be tumbling down the table – the likes of Hull and Charlton – and if Luton can maintain their current form until the end of the season then they probably will beat the drop.
Jones has been somewhat lucky to keep his job up until now, but if he steers Luton clear of relegation, then it’d go down as a huge achievement. They’re showing what they’re capable of and when the season resumes, he’ll need exactly the same from his side.