Jones slams Luton after latest defeat

Preston North End

Luton Town coach Graeme Jones has warned his players that they cannot afford to keep making simple errors after the 3-0 defeat to Stoke City on Tuesday.

The Hatters are now just three points above the drop zone, with the Potters still below them in the Championship table but having closed the gap on their newly-promoted rivals.

Jones’ men failed to get going at the bet365 Stadium, with winger James McClean opening the scoring. Wales international Joe Allen then grabbed a brace on home soil as tStoke continued their impressive form under manager Michael O’Neill.

Luton have now lost three of their last five, and they have conceded 12 goals in the defeats to Leeds United, Brentford and Stoke.

Jones admits he could have done more tactically, but he has hinted that several players are under threat of losing their places if he needs to strengthen in the January transfer window.

“Ultimately the players need to accept responsibility,” Jones told reporters. “I’ll take responsibility for tactics, no problem. But what you can’t do is shoot yourselves in the foot. That’s exactly what we did tonight, we left ourselves with another mountain to climb.

“We can’t keep doing it, at the minute that’s our Achilles heel. It’s not frustrating as a manager, it’s just impossible to legislate for those mistakes.

“I can’t do anything until 1st January, not a thing. I’ve got to get the best out of what I’ve got. That’s the truth. That’s what I’ve been doing all along.”

Luton will get the chance to respond when they travel to Deepdale to face Preston North End on Saturday afternoon.