Hatters supporter JP Asher talks Luton Town v Stevenage

JP Asher at the Stevenage v Luton Town game earlier this season.

JP Asher at the Stevenage v Luton Town game earlier this season. - Credit: Archant

The Comet asked Luton fan JP Asher his views on this weekend’s game between the Hatters and Stevenage, and he believes his side can finish the season on a high...

How would you sum up your season so far?

It’s been a bit of a mixed bag. The second half of last season was atrocious and we took that into the start of this one.

We had been hoping to get to at least the play-offs and it looks like that is probably not going to happen this year because of our early season form.

On the other hand we have been better recently and Jack Marriott’s emergence as a goalscorer has been a big positive, so I see no reason we can’t finish the season on a high.

You’ve had a change in manager since the last time you played Stevenage. Was it the right time for a change?

Yes, I would say they were right to change manager. I will always remember John Still fondly for how he brought us back up into the League, but by the time he finally went something had been very wrong for about a year and it just couldn’t go on.

Most Read

The fact that he had done so well previously bought him a massive amount of goodwill from the fans and the club hierarchy and led to him getting a lot longer to turn things around than most managers would have got with similar results.

I’d probably have made a change a bit earlier, actually, but I think it perhaps reflects well on the club that we did give him a bit longer.

What has Nathan Jones done differently?

We have been much better in possession since Jones took over, whereas Still had us playing more long-ball stuff.

He cares a lot about playing good passing football, which fits well with the traditional Luton Town style going back to the 1970s.

For example Jones has given a more prominent role to Paddy McCourt, who is a great ball player.

The new boss is already very popular because of how he has connected with the fans and shown a lot of passion and intensity in the job. And, most importantly, we have made fine progress so far in terms of both performance and results since he took over.

You lost last time out to Barnet – does that effectively end your play-off hopes?

We have a game in hand on a few of the teams above us and we do play three of them in our last eight games, so with a few good results we could conceivably just about nick seventh place.

On the other hand it will be tough going to both Oxford and Northampton in the last five games, and that may well put a brake on things.

I don’t think we deserved to lose at Barnet and a win there would have put us in quite a good position, so that was particularly unfortunate.

Stevenage have a few ex-Luton players in their ranks. Which of them would you have back in your side if you could re-sign one?

I thought it was a bit curious what happened with Ronnie Henry, and I would quite happily have him over some of the defenders we have at the moment.

How do you see this one going this weekend?

It will be a bit bad-tempered, with at least one red card. On the pitch I think Luton Town 3–1 Stevenage.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter