Benson relishes Kenilworth Road debut

Striker Paul Benson can’t wait to get out in front of the Hatters faithful at Kenilworth Road on Saturday, writes Mark Wood.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 6th September 2013, 10:24 am
Paul Benson
Paul Benson

Benson made his debut in the 2-0 win at Kidderminster Harriers at the weekend, winning a penalty during an impressive display.

Having relished the atmosphere of playing in front of over 800 away fans, he is looking forward to his home bow.

Benson said: “It’s brilliant. If you can’t work hard for those fans who have come through the gates and paid money then I don’t think you should be involved in football.

“That’s the minimum that you should do, give 100 per cent effort.

“I witnessed a good atmosphere on Bank Holiday Monday against Cambridge and I’m looking forward to getting out there and playing in front of them now.”

The BT Sport cameras will be visiting Luton for the first time when Grimsby come to Town and Benson is hoping the Hatters can build on the foundations they have laid.

He said: “That just adds a little bit extra to it. It will be nice to play in front of the cameras and hopefully we can put on a good show.

“But most of all we can build on what we’ve done and build on this team spirit, this team work ethic that is evidently here.

“If we do that then we’ll certainly be in the right area in the league and looking to push on and hopefully do something special this season.”

Luton are in the middle of an extremely tough run of games, but having impressed with goalless draws against title favourites Forest Green Rovers and leaders Cambridge United, they improved yet further in the win at last year’s beat play-off finalists at the weekend.

Midfielder Jake Howells said: “We know we’ve got Grimsby and we know it’s not going to be easy like Kidderminster wasn’t going to be easy.

“But we’ve come (to Harriers) with the mindset we want three points and we’ll go from Saturday with three points hopefully.”

Benson is keen for Luton not to take their eye off the ball though, as he added: “Your hardest game is your next game. It’s true no matter what level of football you’re playing at.

“Whether it’s Kidderminster away or Grimsby at home, or Wrexham away, or Dartford at home, it will be as hard as Kidderminster away, it’s just this league.

“If you go into it with any sort of other mentality then you’re going to come unstuck.

“As long as we keep focused, keep the right mentality and go into every game thinking it’s going to be our hardest game of the season, there’s no reason we can’t push up the table.”

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