Neither Preston North End or Luton Town deserved to win says Nathan Jones

Luton Town boss Nathan Jones doesn't believe that either side deserved to win at Kenilworth Road.

Saturday, 20th June 2020, 6:32 pm
Updated Saturday, 20th June 2020, 6:34 pm
Luton boss Nathan Jones during his side's 1-1 draw with PNE.

Preston took the lead in the second half through Scott Sinclair and proceeded to have much of the running of the game before Callum McManaman pegged the visitors back two minutes from time with the Hatters' first shot on target.

Jones, who was taking charge of his first game in his second spell as Luton manager, knew what to expect from the Lilywhites but didn't think they had the better of things.

He said: "I really don't think there deserved to be a winner today, they had slightly more possession I would imagine but in terms of clear cut chances, there was very few and far between.

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"I thought we started the game well, we had a shot and a corner. Preston are a well-drilled side and sometimes it can take a while to get into the game.

"We haven't been able to play a game because of the coronavirus and the game we had called off, we're lacking in a little bit of sharpness but that will come.

"This is a positive point, we'd like to have won the game but we can't win every game. "

The draw leaves PNE in a play-off spot by a point whilst Luton remain at the foot of the Championship table.

Given more time in the game, following his side's 88th minute equaliser, and the attendance of fans, Jones tentatively suggested his side would have taken all three points.

"There's mixed feelings. I didn't think we were anywhere near where we needed to be, probably up until their goal," he said.

"I thought we looked very solid, defensively we've worked so hard it's just we lacked a bit of fluency today.

"That's maybe to be expected with the lay off and just three weeks to work with them.

"We went a goal down and it's not a great goal to give away, we've got to deal with the first goal and then we've got to somehow deal with Sinclair a little bit more.

"I thought we limited them to very little and we finished really strongly. I think if we had a full house at Kenilworth Road then I think we might have gone on to nick that.

"There was not much in the game, Preston are a well-drilled, experienced side that have been together for a long time.

"So to match those I was pleased. It might be unfair to say we could have nicked it but we finished stronger there and that's the thing I was pleased with."