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Jones defends Lansbury after Manning kick

Luton Town boss Nathan Jones has leapt to the defence of Henri Lansbury, who found himself in the firing line after appearing to kick out at Swansea’s Ryan Manning during the 3-3 draw at Kenilworth Road on Saturday.

Footage of the incident went viral on social media, with many fans, and indeed pundits, left in disbelief at the decision from referee Tony Harrington not to send the Hatters man off.

Instead, both players were booked, a decision that Jones insists was actually harsh on his player.

“Henri’s going to take the free-kick, he (Manning) steps across and deliberately kicks the ball away,” the Luton boss said.

“To be fair, I don’t know what else you can do.

“The amount of times that people pick the ball up and throw it, that’s time-wasting.

“Henri was going to take the free-kick that might have put us clean in.

“We did exactly the same thing the other day and scored, in the away game at Barnsley.

“He (Manning) stopped us doing that and then rolled about like he’d been shot, and that’s just it, but I thought the referee got it wrong.

“There was so much that went on in the game that we weren’t happy about, but I think any manager can say that for pretty much any Championship game.”

The brutal challenge on Ryan Manning that Henri Lansbury escaped punishment for (Image: Sky Sports)

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