Luton Town: Nathan Jones’ side looking destined for League One

Riding high at the top of League Two, Luton Town look destined for promotion to League One despite the fact we’re only at the end of January.

Six points clear of nearest challengers Notts County, Nathan Jones’ side have swept aside the rest of the division and that gap could increase to nine should the Hatters win their game in hand.

Just five league defeats have shown a great level of consistency although they have shown they are human after all when relegation threatened Chesterfield beat them 2-0 a couple of weeks ago.

Jones has been in charge for just over two years and was rewarded earlier this month with a new four-year contract testament to the job he has done since taking over John Still, the man who took the club back to the Football League.

He has developed a strong, young vibrant attacking squad in a short time, giving him a 50% win record as a manager which is only bettered by Richard Money in the last 20 years.

Town have become renowned for their attacking prowess this season, including an 8-2 win on the opening day of the season and scoring 7 past Stevenage and Cambridge. Goals are coming from all angles of the pitch and there is no reliance on one main striker to hit the net, a goal difference of plus 36 is 20 goals better than their nearest rivals.

Their squad is well-equipped with experience for this level and it would be a major surprise for the Hatters to miss out on promotion to League One, one Luton fans would relish given their recent history.

There is also a good deal of flair in the squad, Olly and Elliott Lee, sons of ex Newcastle star Rob Lee, to name but two, also chip in with vital goals. Combined with a rock solid defence that has only Coventry City conceding less than the Hatters, they look to be on paper the complete team with the perfect blend.

Despite suffering two defeats in their last five games, losing just three times in the previous twenty-three games is some achievement and shows Jones knows how to get the best out of the eleven players he puts out on the park regularly.

Should Accrington win their game in hand on the Hatters, it would reduce the gap by a point, but it would take a monumental collapse to stop Luton Town being a League One club by the end of the season, something you really can’t see happening.


Written by Trevor Knell

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