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Luton fans must get behind Nathan Jones.

Thursday 3rd March 2016
Nathan Jones joined Luton less than two months ago under the pretence that he was going to change the style of football and bring the club forward. The Hatters were in freefall under the previous manager John Still and the pre-season promotion favourites were failing to live up to expectations. The fans were excited by his appointment, with many admitting they didn't know much about Jones but liked what they read.
Less than two months in and Jones is undoubtedly making a difference at the club. The 1-0 win at home to Morecambe on Tuesday night (2nd March 2016) was their third on the bounce, a solid victory against a team who had lost seven out of their last eight games and were more than happy to slow the game down and time waste from the first whistle, with only brief forays into the Luton half.

You'd expect the majority of Hatters fans to have left the ground satisfied, their season wasn't dead yet and a victory at Leyton Orient on Saturday could give the talented squad the belief they need to go on a season-defining run. Instead, fans were disappointed that they hadn't beaten Morecambe by more. Jones actually sounded slightly bemused in his post-game interviews as he almost questioned where the fans enthusiasm was. Why weren't they backing a team who in just under two months had gone from playing long ball football and shipping goals at the back, to a team trying to play football in a more attractive way and winning four of their last five games?

The problem is the style of football Luton are trying to play isn't common at League Two level. Teams like to move the ball from back to front quickly and work off big strikers and pick up the second balls. Fans have seen teams who play in the more traditional way be successful and perhaps some want Luton to play in the same vein. It's obvious from Jones brief period at the club that this isn't and won't ever be his style of play. He wants his side to be patient and to build play from the back, something fans at this level and even in England as a whole aren't used to.

If Luton fans want Jones to be successful at the club they are going to have accept some potentially frustrating performances in the coming weeks. Teams will continue to come to Kenilworth Road and sit back which means although Luton will dominate possession they may struggle to find their way through, sometimes they won't be good enough in the final third and they might go backwards with the ball too much. Luton fans aren't writing Jones off by any stretch, but the attitude towards supporting their team at home needs to improve. By backing Jones for the rest of the season and letting him work out the strengths of the players and who he wants to keep, the fans will reap the benefits next season when he brings in new signings on top of that.

Although Jones comes across in interviews as a confident man and has the backing of many top coaches and managers in the game, fans getting on the team's back and turning Kenilworth Road into a nervous and edgy place will only be detrimental to his work.

Luton fans need to encourage their side; back their manager and, in the long run, a happy and successful relationship can be forged between the two.
Matthew Storey
Luton Town season ticket holder and Portsmouth journalism student. Mostly interested in the lower leagues, follow me on twitter @storeymatt

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