Luton Town manager Graeme Jones has commended striker James Collins for getting on the score-sheet in their 2-1 loss to Leeds United in the Championship at the weekend.
Patrick Bamford had given Leeds the lead after the restart but it only lasted three minutes before Collins found the net. Luton held Leeds up until the 90th minute when an own-goal from Matthew Pearson gave the visiting Leeds the win.
It would’ve been a fine point for the Hatters on Saturday but luck isn’t on their side at the moment – they’ve now lost the five games in the Championship and drop into the relegation zone after Middlesbrough’s point at home to Hull.
Collins’ consolation goal was his sixth of the season but his last came way in September – he’d gone almost 14 hours of football without a goal for club and country.
Speaking about the Irishman, Jones said to Luton Today:
“I was delighted for James, he’s got frustrated and struggled a little bit.
“But I keep repeating myself, Izzy’s quality’s outstanding, your top players play for one minute in the game, one moment, that changes it, that’s him, half a yard, puts it right on a sixpence for James Collins to finish.”
Collins, 28, is in his third season at the club and has scored 70 goals in 110 games for the club. He was instrumental in their title-winning campaign last year and began this season strongly too.
As his team’s form worsened though so did his, and Collins had played 10 games for Luton and Mick McCarthy’s Ireland without scoring before the weekend.
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Luton are really beginning to struggle now. It was always going to be a tough one in the Championship for Jones and Luton this year and it looks as though the demands of the division are taking their toll.
They were massively unlucky to not take a point from the game against Leeds but they need to out that in the back of their minds now, and focus on the visit of Lee Bowyer’s Charlton Athletic tomorrow night.