Luton boss Nathan Jones has explained why he decided to bring in Hull City goalkeeper Matt Ingram as an emergency loan signing ahead of Monday night’s trip to Fulham.
The 28-year-old joined Town on a seven-day deal on Sunday afternoon, which can be extended if Hatters reach the play-offs, coming straight into the squad for the game at Craven Cottage, due to EFL rules .
With previous loan signing Jed Steer rupturing his Achilles and James Shea suffering from knee ligament damage, third choice Harry Isted had been in goal for the 1-1 draw with Blackpool recently.
However, that only left youth team Jameson Horlick on the bench, with the 19-year-old having no experience of men’s football under his belt, so Jones decided to act, signing the former Wycombe stopper, who cost QPR £450,000 in 2016, and had already featured 29 times for his parent club this season, including two against Luton.
On why he chose to bring in the keeper when he did, Jones said: “When you try to get an emergency keeper, nobody in the league will lend you a goalkeeper, because they all use it.
“So, for example, let’s use West Brom, West Brom won’t let us have one of their two goalkeepers, because they need them, for example.
“So you either have to go with someone who is not ready because when you bring him in he has to play which is detrimental.
“Or you risk and gamble and walk in with your number three, or Harry for example, and having no one else to talk to.
“Now it’s a silly rule in the Premier League, everyone has four goalkeepers and two of them never play a game of football.
“But you can’t get a loan from the Premier League because apparently it gives you an unfair advantage, but it’s an emergency loan for a reason.”
It was not a start Ingram will want to remember with any fondness, being beaten seven times as the Cottagers went wild, winning the league title in the process.
He couldn’t do much with either of the goals as despite conceding twice from range both attempts were roughly in the bottom corner while he was often left exposed as Fulham blasted their way through way through the back line of the city with alarming regularity. find the net.
Ingram made a fine save from Bobby De Cordova-Reid in the second half, but it was little consolation, as Jones added: “It was a tough game for him today because he couldn’t not really overdoing it on a lot of them.
“They (Fulham) were great, we weren’t, but it all comes down to Saturday.”