Luton suffered a defeat at the hands of Preston North End at the weekend and Hatters boss Nathan Jones was not happy with the way in which Tom Lockyer acted in receiving his yellow card during the game, telling Luton Today that ‘it’s a lack of discipline’ from the player.
The club have looked solid so far this season and were in the top six places in the league heading into the fixture at Deepdale. However, the side unravelled in the first half of that game, with Emil Riis bagging two goals to sink the away side.
While Luton have dropped out of the play-off spots, they remain in the top half and are still contenders for a place there heading into the next round of games in midweek.
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However, Nathan Jones has reacted to Tom Lockyer’s decision in the game to lose his head in picking up a yellow card in the first 45 minutes.
After Alan Browne lunged into a tackle, the Hatters defender took offence to it and shoved the Irishman, starting what was a melee on the pitch between most of the players on the field. It ultimately resulted in both Lockyer and Browne being cautioned – and Jones has now told Luton Today that he feels it was a ‘lack of discipline’ from the defender.
He said after the game: “The fact he’s got petulant as he’s been left a bit on, he could have got sent off for that, so it’s a lack of discipline. I don’t know what you’re going to achieve by pushing someone, you’re just giving the referee a decision and getting the crowd going.
“So it’s silly, but that was symptomatic of our performance today.”
Lockyer and the rest of the side will have to pick themselves up now, dust themselves off and go again in midweek. If they can pull off another victory, then the play-off places will be back in their sights.
Nathan Jones is a terrific manager and has managed to get Luton playing some great football but on Saturday against Preston it just wasn’t to be. Tom Lockyer perhaps lost his head for a moment and was frustrated at which his side were playing but it has ultimately put a caution against his name and could cost the Hatters later on down the line too.
The entire team will have to forget that result and try and get a result in their next tie. If they can, then they will be well back on track for the play-offs.