Luton are the underdogs having finished sixth as well as competing with other sides with much bigger budgets than themselves, but that hasn’t stopped the Hatters from impressing this season.
Jones’ side created enough chances to win the game but it was a decision that went against them that left Jones frustrated.
After dominating the first half, Luton went into the second on the back foot before Cameron Jerome broke through before appearing to be brought down by Huddersfield defender Naby Sarr inside the area.
The replays showed that Jerome had a case, but a penalty wasn’t given, leaving Jones angered. He told BBC Three Counties Radio: “It’s nailed on, it’s clear,” he added. “Because they had half an appeal in the first seconds of the game, he hasn’t given it. They don’t have that, he gives it. And it’s a red card.
“It’s last-ditch, he’s brought him down. It’s a real terrible decision.”
Jones did go onto praise his side, saying: “I thought we were excellent first half, really were front-footed and controlled the game.
“Second half they came into it, controlled the play a little bit more in front of us – without really causing us massive problems.”
The second leg of the tie takes place at the John Smith’s Stadium on Monday night.
Jones has every right to be angered by the decision. It looked a certain penalty in real time, replays certainly would give the referee a decision to make.
However, as Jones points out, Huddersfield also had a stonewall penalty waved away in the first seconds of the game, one that was certainly more obvious than Luton’s shout.
It’s not ideal that a referee from the Premier League missed two big penalty shouts, especially if they’re brought down from the top level to officiate these big games.
Nonetheless, it leaves it all to play for in the second leg at the John Smith Stadium.