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Nathan Jones backs Luton Town players to handle the final day pressure

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Nathan Jones has insisted that his players can handle the pressure of making the play-offs.

Going into the final day of the Championship season, Luton Town are in pole position to earn a top six finish.

The Hatters welcome Reading to Kenilworth Road, with the side knowing a victory will earn them a spot in the end of season promotion shootout, regardless of results elsewhere.

The Royals come into the weekend with nothing to play for but pride, given Paul Ince’s side are stuck in 21st place in the table whatever result they earn this weekend.

But Jones has backed his side to avoid any slip-ups and seal the deal on a play-off place.

This is despite his team receiving a 7-0 hammering at the hands of Fulham in their most recent fixture.

The 48-year old believes that previous promotion experience will come to the fore on Saturday afternoon to help guide the team over the line.

“Reading Football Club will come here to win a game, we have to beat those, then we’re in the play-offs, that’s as simple as it is,” said Jones, via Luton Today.

“We’ll be going to do that, you can’t look to draw games.

“You have to be positive and do the things you do as inadvertently you can get punched on the nose and we don’t want to do that.

“Let’s not forget, two years ago it was a relegation battle against a side that had very little to play for, that wanted to finish and experiment.

“So we’ve been in similar situations, but with the trapdoor open, now the trap door’s not open, the manhole is open, so we’re trying to climb out of it rather than drop into it, so we’re used to this.”

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The Hatters will be keeping abreast of the scores elsewhere, with Sheffield United also fighting to keep their place inside the top six.

Middlesbrough and Millwall are the teams chasing Luton and the Blades, with the gap behind being two and three points respectively.

The Verdict

Luton knows their task for this afternoon and that should make everything straightforward.

Their opponents have nothing to play for and the game will be in front of a packed home crowd.

It couldn’t be a more ideal scenario for Jones’ side to secure a top six finish.

Even with some injury concerns, Luton should be able to earn an impressive play-off place, even with the added pressure of the potential for final day chaos.


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