Hatters face enforced changes as they look for Wolves ‘miracle’

Enforced changes will hamper the Hatters as they host Wolves in the third round of the FA Cup at Kenilworth Road on Saturday, writes Mark Wood.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 2nd January 2013, 3:31 pm

Defender Simon Ainge and new winger Scott Neilson, who both played in Tuesday’s 3-1 league defeat at Woking, are both cup-tied, and boss Paul Buckle said: “There will be changes in that game. There will be enforced changes.

“Whenever we’ve suffered a defeat the boys have got back on the bike and they’ve gone on a run. What we’ve got to do now is get on a run and stay on one. We know that.”

Winger Scott Neilson was disappointed he couldn’t play, but was hopeful his team-mates could pull off a ‘miracle’.

He said: “I’m cup-tied so I will miss that one. Hopefully the lads can go there and try to get a miracle.”

Fellow new boy Jonathan Smith, meanwhile, is hoping Luton can use the tie as a way to bounce back from their New Year’s Day defeat.

The £50,000 signing from York came on as a late substitute in that game and will surely be hoping for a start against the Championship side.

He said: “Wolves, everyone’s going to be up for it. It’s normal FA Cup, that’s what happens.

“It’s these games (Woking) where everyone has got to be tougher. It’s easy to say let’s get up for a game against Wolves in the cup.

“Obviously we’ll give it our all and want to win the game like any other. Just thinking about today I’m a little disappointed.”

It’s a mixed start to his permanent stay at Luton, as Smith added: “You could say a mixture. I haven’t even thought about the games. Obviously I was just looking forward to today. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be starting or was going to be on the bench.

“I wanted to come on and do well and I’m just disappointed that we’ve not got the result to be honest.”