Friday, August 5 2022
Town Boss Nathan Jones

Luton boss Nathan Jones would have loved to see his side take on fierce rivals Watford on New Years Day after the 2022-23 Championship fixtures were recently announced.

Instead, Town will be on the road with a long journey to play-off semi-final opponents Huddersfield Town, although the league have said they will do their best to ‘minimize travel distances’ during the period. holidays this year.

City go to the Hornets, whom they beat 1-0 when they faced them at Kenilworth Road in the 2020-21 campaign when no fans were allowed in due to Covid, on October 22 , with the return clash in Bedfordshire scheduled for April 1.

Speaking of the contest and a spell in August which sees the Hatters visit Bristol City, Swansea City and Cardiff City in the space of 14 days, Jones said: “It’s a great game for both clubs.

“It’s a derby, you want to play in those games, you want to manage those games and you want to be involved as fans and as a club in those games, so it’s a wonderful game.

“I don’t know who does the editing though.

“We go up and down the M4 for three away games in a row, I know it’s the bad luck of the draw but matches are mental.

“We have Huddersfield on New Years Day, I don’t know the local matches?

“It would have been good for a New Years game at Watford, it would have been fantastic but anyway, it’s one of those things.

“There are great games to look forward to and hopefully a similar but ultimately better season than last year.”

Luton will start proceedings at home to Birmingham City, with the Blues side winning 5-0 at Kenilworth Road last season, followed by a comfortable 3-0 success in the West Midlands as well.

When asked if the Hatters owe their opponents one for the manner of the losses, Jones continued: “We owe them two!

“It’s a different year, last year inexplicably we didn’t play in both games.

“We kept 19 clean sheets last year and capitulated every time against Birmingham.

“I can’t understand how we did it because we immediately bounced back.

“It was probably two outcomes by chance where Birmingham played well that day, did their job, and we didn’t and that can happen sometimes.”

The City chief completed his fifth signing of the summer on Saturday with Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Ethan Horvath joining on a season-long loan.

Asked for his opinion on the rest of the division’s business in the transfer window, he added: “I didn’t pay too much attention to anything.

“It’s been a slow window in terms of a lot of things, people are going to get stronger, people are going to make decisions, they’re going to wait.

“I’m not concerned with the level of others, all I care about is us.

“If we’re the best version of ourselves, we’re actually a good team and that’s all I can focus on.

“Some will be the favourites, we were the relegation favourites, or in the three or four that the bookies thought we were going to fall, we passed that, so you never know.”

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