Jones Has No Regrets

Nathan Jones

NATHAN JONES harbours no regrets about thrusting his tried and trusted 4-4-2 diamond formation upon his new players at Brentford on Saturday, despite having only taken the Stoke City managerial hot-seat 72 hours earlier.

The Welshman opted to take to the dugout for the first time at Griffin Park as opposed to taking the game in from the stands, and watched on as the Bees extended their unbeaten run of from to six matches courtesy of a 3-1 home triumph.

However, whilst Jones admits he could have approached the game entirely differently, he was eager to point to the importance of trying to engrain his philosophy and ideas into his players as early as possible.

“If I was looking to just come here and win the game as a one off then I may have gone a different way today,” he told the media following the encounter at Griffin Park.

“But we are looking to build something here, we are going to build something here, so I think it is important to get certain things into the players right from the offset.

“Of course, we wanted to win the game, we came here with the intention of doing that, but we are a work in process, and we are having to learn as we move on - Rome wasn’t built in a day."

“I could have sat in the stand today and allowed other people to have got on with things and took everything onboard from the stand without being involved too much.

“But I didn’t want that, I wanted to get my teeth straight into it and try to put a few things in place as early as possible.

“We are going to be a side that takes risks, we are going to be a side that plays good attacking football, but more importantly we are going to be a side that achieves positives results.”

He added: “Today isn’t ideal, but there are things that we have to work on, things we will work on, and I absolutely believe that we will, in time, get to where we want to be.”