Nathan Jones reveals what he said to Pablo Hernandez in post-match bust-up following Tuesday night’s draw between Leeds and Luton.
The newly appointed Hatters boss took responsibility for coming to blows with the midfielder as tempers boiled over after the game at Elland Road.
It was the Championship relegation candidates that surprised football fans across social media when they went 1-0 up through Harry Cornick’s excellent finish on the counter.
Before the league leaders got an equaliser through Stuart Dallas to cancel Luton’s opener with the result proving to be big significance at both ends of the table.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men were unable to get the important three points to boost their promotion chances, following Saturday’s 3-0 win over Fulham.
During last night’s game, Hernandez, who came on as a substitute with half an hour remaining and two minutes after Dallas’ goal, was seen exchanging angry words with Jones after the final whistle.
Though speaking in his post-match press conference, the former Stoke boss held his hands up what happened during the incident.
He said, as reported by Leeds Live: “My fault. We have a little of an argument in his native tongue. I apologise. It was me. I probably said something that I shouldn’t have said. Nothing malicious or anything and I wanted to make sure that I spoke to him because it was my fault.
“Nothing in it really, but I wanted to make sure. I have the utmost respect for this Leeds team. They’re the best team, I know people here, I’ve worked with people who have played in this side. It was a great point.
“He was having a moan that we defended it too 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 ain’t that side.
“It was one of those things. But nothing bad. We spoke, I got to practice my Spanish and Pablo got his apology.”
Leeds’ director of football Victor Orta was also visibly upset following the stalemate, with Jones adding his side’s battle against the drop means they knew they had to dig in.
“He was having a go and I said ‘hey, we’re fighting for our lives here’. I was a but vociferous in that and I just wanted to make sure that he knew that we’re fighting for our lives, we’re not going to come here and be massively open, so that was all.
“I’ve been called worse and I call people worse every day, so it’s nothing.”
Fans reacted after Nathan Jones reveals what he said to Pablo Hernandez in post-match bust-up…
Surprised he can speak Spanish. Sounds like he hasn’t mastered English yet
— Jack (@JackLUFC__) June 30, 2020
Apparently Jones said: “Tu centro-delantero es un puto payaso” (your centre-forward is a f*cking clown). Pablo knew it was true but felt obliged to defend Bamford as a team-mate. 😉
— Lowfields Road (@road_lowfields) June 30, 2020
Fair play to Nathan Jones for apologising and we can have no complaints their goal was quality and they played well, but credit to the team for getting back level we would of lost that last year, big game Saturday we win and all is good in the world again
— John McNamara💙💛 (@jkmcnamara) July 1, 2020
No interest in him or his tin pot outfit, but fair do’s for the apology, and fair do’s for navigating his Corsa round a track for 90 minutes and finishing level with an R8, takes some doing no matter how much it p*sses us off.
— Rob P (@rkp75) June 30, 2020
What a strange, strange individual he is. Seems obsessed with Leeds and his behaviour every time he’s up against us is extremely odd
— Pete Vickers (@petevickers) June 30, 2020
You can’t blame them for approaching us in that way, it works and it worked for them tonight, we have to be better against this kind of tactic.
— corbywhite (@gandalflufc) June 30, 2020
Clearly gone to antagonise if he’s said it in another language
— Matt Ski (@dzialowskimatt) June 30, 2020
Not like Pablo to lose his sh*t at anyone, so I hope this is looked into. #lufc
— Jo Bedford 🐾 (@El_Loco_Jo) June 30, 2020
Get him reported then
— Stephen Maher 💙💛 (@stevemaher34) June 30, 2020
Apparently it was: Leeds, Leeds se están desmoronando de nuevo.
— We Are Luton Town (@wearelutontown) June 30, 2020