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Nathan Jones outlines Luton Town ambition ahead of crucial week



Luton Town manager Nathan Jones wants his side to take advantage of having back-to-back home games this week.

The Hatters are on a winless run of six matches, drawing four and losing two since their 1-0 win against Barnsley at Oakwell.

They are 16th in the table following Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Bournemouth and host high-flying Coventry City on Wednesday night before welcoming Huddersfield Town to Kenilworth Road this weekend.

Jones believes his side must become more solid and get the basics right.

Speaking to the club’s media, he said: “It is probably the worst run I’ve had as Luton manager without a win. We have to do the basics better and we have to keep clean sheets because then we don’t lose the game. We have been in good form for large parts of games. We have been really front footed and quite dominant, but it is the Championship and it can punish you out of nothing.

“We haven’t got to change masses of amounts, but we have to start picking up results. We have two home games now that we really want to take advantage of and that is what it is about.

“If we were a really poor side and getting beaten, then we would have to change certain things but we’re not. We’re an aggressive, front-footed side. We understand we have gone through a tough time in terms of results and injuries but we’re coming through that now and as I said, it is a big week for us.”

Coventry won 3-0 at home to Peterborough United in their last outing and have picked up six wins from their opening nine games.

The Sky Blues are third going into Wednesday’s game, and Jones was full of praise for their manager Mark Robins.

He said: “They’ve been well drilled. They’ve got a really settled squad, a bit similar to us really because they’ve had a similar pathway. Mark’s done a great job there. They came up from League Two, we were slightly ahead of them, maybe a year ahead of them, but he’s done a wonderful job. [They’re] in real good form at the minute, but that’s the Championship.”

So far at home this season, the Hatters have won one, drawn two and lost one. However, that victory was in their opening game when they beat Peterborough 3-0.

Jones wants his players to put on a show for the home crowd on Wednesday.

“What we want to do is put a performance on,” he said. “We have had a good record at Kenilworth Road whether it is under lights, rain or sun, whatever it is. We have to believe in that and maintain that.

“We have had big injury problems. We have had pre-game issues and we have shown amazing character but what we have to do now is really show that we’re a good side and we can get results. We want to play a certain way but now especially at home, we want to pick up results this week.”

The verdict

Being at home in the next two games gives Luton a chance to kickstart their season.

If they record victories in both, it would be a huge confidence boost to the squad.

However, it won’t be an easy task against sides that have made strong starts to the campaign.

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