Luton boss offers Pablo Hernandez apology; makes big claim about Leeds

Luton boss offers Pablo Hernandez apology; makes big claim about Leeds

Luton Town boss Nathan Jones has accepted the blame after an argument between himself and Leeds United midfielder Pablo Hernandez.

The dispute occurred at full time of Tuesday night’s fixture at Elland Road that ended 1-1 between the Championship’s top and bottom clubs.

Substitute Harry Cornick curled in a stunning goal to give the visitors the lead just after half-time, but it was cancelled out by Stuart Dallas‘ fourth goal of the season and that’s how the scoreline remained despite Leeds’ dominance.

The Hatters frustrated Leeds and prevented Marcelo Bielsa’s side from maintaining their eight-point gap over third place Brentford. A point wasn’t enough to lift Luton off the bottom of the table, but did move them to within two points of 21st placed Hull City.

At the full-time whistle, Hernandez and Jones exchanged some heated words but Jones was quick to accept the blame when asked about it later.

Jones said: “My fault. We had a little bit of an argument in his native tongue and I just wanted to show him I could speak Spanish.

“But I apologise, it was me that caused the problem, I probably said something that I shouldn’t have said, and I wanted to make sure I spoke to him, as it’s my fault.

“So nothing in it really, as I have the utmost respect for this Leeds team, they’re the best team (in this league), I know people here, I’ve worked with people who have played in the side, so it was a great point.

“He was having a moan that we defended so much and frustrated them, obviously they want teams to come out and have a go at them here so they can murder them, but we’re not that side.

“It’s one of those things, but nothing bad, we spoke, I got to practice my Spanish and Pablo got his apology.

“I said ‘hey, we’re fighting for our lives here’ and I was a bit vociferous in that and just wanted to make sure that he knew that.

“We’re not going to come here and be open, so that was all and I’ve been called worse and I’ve called people worse every day, so there’s no problem.”

The hard-earned point means Luton are still unbeaten since the Championship restart, they will look to continue this form into their final six games. They still have Barnsley, Huddersfield and Hull to play, the three sides directly above them.


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