Luton Town manager on facing popular figure Kal Naismith ahead of Bristol City clash

Bristol City got their season up and running with a win over Coventry City. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)Bristol City got their season up and running with a win over Coventry City. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Bristol City got their season up and running with a win over Coventry City. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
‘If I never speak to Kal Naismith again but win the game, I’ll take that’ - it could be win at all costs for Luton Town this evening against Bristol City

Kal Naismith will face his former club Luton Town this evening when they travel to Ashton Gate to face Bristol City.

Naismith moved to the Robins following a season-and-a-half at Kenilworth Road, helping the Hatters to the play-offs.

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His move came with some controversy with Luton disappointed as to how City had announced the signing of Naismith.

The 30-year-old was out-of-contract however and was free to speak to City before penning terms.

Naismith - who won the Player of the Year at Luton - was signed by Nathan Jones, who will be in the opposition dugout this evening. The Welsh boss however has dismissed the potential importance of the Scotsman lining up against his former club.

Instead, he is focusing on it like any other game, as both teams search for their first league win of the season.

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Speaking to Luton Today, Jones said: “It’s not about Kal Naismith, it’s about Bristol City, I don’t really care who plays for them as long as we win the game.

“I don’t care if my dad plays for them, all I’m concerned about is winning the game. “It will be nice to see Kal for a moment, I’ll speak to him after I’m sure, but I’m not interested in reacquainting myself with anyone.

“I want to win the game, so if I never speak to Kal Naismith again but win the game, I’ll take that and that’s nothing on Kal, I really like Kal, and he did excellent for this football club.”

City are 23rd in the league standings after picking up their first point of the season against Wigan Athletic last Saturday.

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Luton are in a similar fate having started the season slowly with two points on the board following draws with Birmingham and Burnley, as well as a recent home loss to Preston North End.

City don’t hold the best record against the Hatters, having only won once in their last ten meetings, which came in December 2019. Luton took a point at Ashton Gate last year before inflicting a 2-1 loss last January.

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