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Luton boss Nathan Jones labelled ‘sour grapes’ as he rants at QPR’s celebrations

Luton Town boss Nathan Jones gets labelled ‘sour grapes’ by fans as he rants at QPR’s late celebrations in Sunday’s Championship fixture.

The Hatters fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to Mark Warburton’s side with Rob Dickie’s late goal seeing the R’s leapfrog their playoff rivals to move into fourth place.

It had looked like Luton were set to claim yet another home victory, Cameron Jerome giving the hosts a first-half lead, however Rangers hit back after the break with Andre Gray’s penalty and Dickie’s close-range flick sealing the victory.

Luton had started the better, midfielder Allan Campbell trying his luck from range with David Marshall gathering low down to his right.

The Scot was then released in the box by Jordan Clark who flicked on, but off balance, and could only slice wide.

The hosts took the lead on the 37th minute when Jerome’s effort from 22 yards caught out Marshall, the Scottish international was unable to keep it out despite getting a hand to it.

Mark Warburton’s side equalised after 55 minutes, thanks to Kal Naismith sliding in needlessly on Andre Gray inside the area for a spot-kick that the former Luton striker coolly converted with celebration minimal.

Luton tried to get one back, but with seven minutes left on the clock, Chris Willock sent in a delivery that was over the line by Dickie to put the visitors 2-1 in front.

Five minutes of stoppage time played out, but the Hatters never got that equaliser, falling to a first home defeat since the 27th of November.

Luton boss Nathan Jones said: “I feel low, I’ve got to be honest with you, the manner of it, just disappointed.

“The decisions to give them the goals were poor, I felt we were decent all afternoon, we were excellent first half and this is a tough one to take.

“These have never got to play well to beat us, I don’t know what it is, because we have chance after chance against them away from home and we gift them the goals and then here exactly the same.

“Just stay on your feet, you don’t have to dive in, so I’m just disappointed with the goals, it’s killed me and I’m finding it hard to speak.

“We’ve been in the top six, should have been fourth today – if you just do the basics well enough you’re fourth in the league today which is the biggest over-achievement in history.

“I thought we were fine, we were excellent first half, came out second half and could have scored again but these have just never got to work hard to beat us and they beat us all the time.”

“It sounds like sour grapes as they’ve not ever got to work hard to beat us and we gift them.

“It’s probably the wrong time to interview me as I’m bitterly, bitterly disappointed.

“I really, really wanted us to do well today as it showed how far we’ve come.

“We’re in the most amazing position, today is just really hurtful today and I’m struggling to talk.”

QPR boss Mark Warburton: “It was three very important points for us. An excellent second-half performance – first half I thought we were hurried, didn’t get the ball down, thought the balance second half was much better, matched their physicality, a lot of balls won aerially, we stepped in and looked a good team second half.

“It was an important goal, a really important goal after being on a run of below-par form. We’ve had a massive dip and people have been writing us off, now we’re fourth in the table.

“They’re a very, very hard team to beat home and away, especially here, but you have to match them with their physicality and their pace and power and then you have to apply the gameplan and second half we got it right.

“It’s amazing how fickle some people are, some said we would be lucky to finish mid-table and it was doom and gloom, now everybody’s suddenly jumping around.

“There’s a lot of points to play for, 30 points in our case and teams above us have played more games, so don’t form an opinion on us too early.”

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There was much talk online as Luton boss Nathan Jones gets labelled ‘sour grapes’ when he rants at QPR’s celebrations…

@Qprdaily82: Why did it look like he was about to cry at the end

@pottinger58: Loving it.

@BrianDqpr: This needs some sad violin music over it.

@qprclintdiaz: Ahahaha he’s literally crying

@zackgif: Dry your eyes mate x

@Judecairns_: Nathan Jones: “Whenever QPR need to win they seem to play us, and they get a win.” Rent free.

@RafaFernandez82: Nathan Jones complaining about how @QPR celebrated their goal yet… 👀👀 Have a word with yourself first before you open your mouth 🤡 Our celebrations was nowhere near this, plus what do you expect from a team in the midst of a playoff run.

@SHIFT19625383: Nathan Jones has only got the hump because he no longer fits into age 15/16 Stoney and now finally has to buy a small men’s at the cost of an extra £150 #QPR/LUTON

@TheTrueJackYT: So Nathan Jones was winging about the QPR’s staff celebrations at the full time whistle, didn’t you celebrate with your fans in the stands when you beat us mate?

@foresthoop: So @LutonTown manager Nathan Jones thinks @QPR were over the top with their goal celebration? Really? Did your brain not engage before your mouth opened? Have a word fella! 🤦🏻‍♂️🤔🤣#LUTQPR

@StillRagingPhil: Nathan Jones has done a good job at Luton in getting them to challenge for promotion, but at the end of the day he’s still a colossal knob 😂 #QPR

@Mike_H92: How bitter was Nathan Jones? Cheers for the six points mate #QPR #LTFC

@paul_martin78: Nathan Jones is a bit of a dick head, isn’t he… #QPR #LUTQPR

@HDpridex: What i would do to see nathan jones cry in his post match interview again 😂 #QPR #LUTQPR

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