Luton Town fan Matt Thompsett gives us the lowdown on tomorrow’s opponents Luton Town, who have adapted well to life in League One following their promotion in the summer.
Whilst goals have been a bit harder to come by this term following last year’s free scoring season, you seem to be keeping it tight at the back. What can we expect from Luton this weekend?
Well in terms of Saturday, we would like to carry on our form so far. League One is a tough league and the competition is probably the toughest its been with some big clubs such as Charlton, Sunderland and Pompey.
We have been playing some decent football but not taking all the chances that are presented to us. Obviously we are missing Danny Hylton and Luke Berry but with James Collins scoring two in two, we would like to carry on from the Oxford game and get another 3 points. It’s likely to be a tight game, as Scunthorpe are just above us but hopefully we can make use of the home advantage.
You are sat in 10th place and as many expected seem to have made the step up to League One without too much trouble. What do you make of it so far?
So far so good back in League One. As I say it was always going to be a tough season. We are a decent side and on our day I feel we can beat anyone in the league.
What are the realistic aims for Luton this term?
We had a really tough start with Sunderland, Pompey and Peterborough early on but we have done well and we are now only three points off the playoffs. It could have been one if we had held our nerve against Charlton and that has to be a realistic target.
Nathan Jones has done a terrific job in charge in his first permanent role. What kind of style does he adopt and how popular is he with the fans?
Nathan Jones is very popular. The passion he shows is something I think the fans have wanted for a while. There are always some people who probably won’t always agree with his choices but on the whole I think he has pretty much the full backing from the fans.
I think he has the ability to be a decent Championship manager. I know a couple of clubs have showed an interest in him in the past whilst he has been at Luton but I’d like to think that eventually he can guide us back to the Championship.
How are things off the field now at Kenilworth Road?
Off the field things are OK, but the new stadium situation is a little frustrating. It is something that has been talked about for a long time but unfortunately things haven’t moved as quickly as many fans would like it to. I like to think it will happen sooner rather than later.
Which players should we look out for in the Luton side?
Players to look out for would be Harry Cornick and Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu. On their day, both can be phenomenal. Cornick changed the game for us against Charlton. Pelly isn’t always on form as much as we would like but when he is, he is strong, athletic and definitely can change the game.
Also Kazenga Lua Lua who we have recently brought in on a free is one to watch out for. He made his debut coming on against Oxford as a sub so hopefully in the next few weeks he can start to show us what he can do.