Nathan Jones felt Hull City deserved credit for the way in which they pinned Luton Town back in the second of their 1-0 win over the Tigers on Saturday, in what proved to be a fruitless trip to Bedfordshire.

Elijah Adebayo headed the only goal of the game after 17 minutes to leave Grant McCann’s men without an away goal since the opening day of the season, and second bottom of the Championship after 14 games with growing calls for McCann to leave his post.

McCann’s struggling City were poor in the first half and deservedly behind at the break, but were vastly improved in the second half pinning the hosts back for long periods, but again, failed to make their pressure pay.

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Victory for the Hatters moves them up to fifth in the Championship with Hatters fans dreaming of the play-offs, but Jones is keen to play down the euphoria which engulfed a sold-out Kenilworth Road at full-time.

“Let people say whatever they want, we know what we have inside, we know our own ambitions, where we want to be, what we want to do,” said Jones.

“It doesn’t matter what people think about us, we have a certain way of playing, a certain way of doing stuff, we have a belief about us that we can do certain things, but we’ve done nothing yet.

“It’s the third game in a week, we’ve had two away games again and then coming into the home games, so the important thing today was just to win the game.

“First half I thought we were the better side, second half was far more even and we lost a little bit more control than we would have liked, but we had to defend properly late on as they really went for it.

“Credit to them, they really had a go and we had to see the game out and I thought we did that well.

“We had to use the squad, but any win in the Championship is tough to do, it’s tough fought and I’m just glad we got the win as that was more important than anything.”

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