Hatters hail phenomenal form as the best they have known

Flying Hatters are in the best form boss John Still has ever known any of his teams to be in after they romped to a 5-0 victory over Wrexham on Tuesday night, writes Mark Wood.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 27th February 2014, 8:00 am

That result made it 17 goals without reply in their last three games and stretched Luton’s record unbeaten league run to 24 games.

Still, who twice guided former club Dagenham & Redbridge to promotion up to League One, revealed: “I don’t know. We’re playing really well and because it’s happening now, it’s easy for me to go yeah, because it’s happening now.

“What’s the best thing I can remember? It’s probably now because it’s happening now, but I had a long association with a football club as a player and as a manager and the success that they had in promotion from this league and promotion to Div One, it was the club I grew up supporting as well and it was fantastic.

“We are playing as well as I think any team I’ve ever had, confidently. The team is confident and it’s my job not to let people think it’s easy, because I know it ain’t easy, I know how hard it is and this club knows how hard it is and the players know how hard it is and that’s why they’ve always got to be ready.”

Wideman Jake Howells netted his seventh goal of the season from the spot on the night and admitted he has never plated in such an in-form team.

Despite being just 22 he has played well over 250 times for the Hatters and is in his seventh season as a senior player at the club having come through the youth ranks.

He enthused: “I’ve been here a long time and I don’t think I’ve seen form like this before.

“We had a little spell before with Richard Money, but not like this and I’m over the moon to get a few goals myself.”

Wrexham had been the last team to beat Luton, as 10-man Town lost 2-0 at the Racecourse Ground in front of the Premier Sports TV cameras back on Friday 13 in September.

Skipper Ronnie Henry warned they still have a long way to go though to secure promotion, as he said: “It seems a long time ago now the 2-0 loss at Wrexham on TV. We wasn’t good that day, but we admitted it and we haven’t looked back since to be honest with you.

“I think we’ve moved on very nicely and we’re pushing on more. We’re nowhere near there yet, we’ve got a long way to go.

“The lads will keep their bodies going and their legs going and their heads in the right frame of mind and we’ll be ready for Saturday to push on once again.”

Henry, who romped to the Conference title will Stevenage a few years ago, had challenged Town to put together a magnificent and now wants them to continue to push on.

He said: “I think we’re there to be honest with you, I think when I was at Stevenage Luton beat us at our place 1-0.

“It’s 24 now, so we’re there. I think I said at the start of the season whatever team in this league goes on a run will win it and we’re going on that run.

“But we want to carry that on. We don’t want to get defeated to be honest with you. We don’t even think about that now, we go into games looking to win every game, whether it’s 1-0, 5-0, it doesn’t matter we just need to keep working hard.”

The proud skipper though was full of praise for his players, saying: “I’m very proud. The players are very easy to manage. I had a tough time in my first year here with my injury and bits and bobs, but I believed in myself and the manager believed in me and I think it’s coming through.

“It’s great, I’m enjoying captaining the side and I can’t wait to take the club into League Two to be honest with you.”

Having missed out on the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final win in 2009 Howells is keen to secure a return to the Football League with the Hatters.

On where that would rate with his time at the club, he added: “We’ve got to get there first, and when it happens you never know.

“Because I’ve been at the club and I’ve had a few relegations with the club and the circumstances with them, minus-30 and all that’s gone on at the club, it would be a massive achievement for me personally because I’m a local lad and I’ve come through the ranks, so personally it would be massive for me.

“For the boys as well, not just me, but all the fans deserve it as well because it’s been hard for us.”