Luton refuse to get carried away until title is mathematically certain
Title-hopefuls Luton are taking nothing for granted until they have mathematically secured the title, writes Mark Wood.
Tuesday night’s 5-0 destruction of Wrexham moved Luton 14 points clear at the top with 14 games to go, although nearest rivals Cambridge do have a game in hand.
Their 1-0 defeat at Braintree on the same night saw Town extend their lead by another three points, as boss John Still said: “The only thing I know is, when it’s over it’s over.
“When I went downstairs someone said and I did actually hear it out there that Cambridge lost, but I ain’t bothered.
“I know it sounds silly, I’m not, honestly. This is my team and I’m never going to lose focus, ever.
“The only time I’ll be worried about that is if someone says they’ve lost, we’ve won the league, then great that’s fantastic.
“I’m a really funny person like that, that’s why I use my expression about controlling the controllables.
“Nothing else matters to me other than Luton Town and that’s all I can focus on.”
But on whether it could possibly get any better, Still declared: “I hope it does!”
Evidently Town’s stars are buying into their boss’s mantra as Jake Howells said: “We don’t really look at anyone else’s results, really all we can do is go out there and get three point ourselves.
“No matter what happens around us we’ve just got to do what we’ve got to do and do all we can.
“Everyone’s hoping and 14 points is a big lead, but like I said we’re not looking to that, we’re looking at each games as it comes and if we get three points it’s all we can do.”
Skipper Ronnie Henry hailed the hard work being put in by he and his team-mates and admitted he would have settled for a far less emphatic win.
He said: “I’m sitting at home this morning thinking 1-0, 2-0 will be fine, a boring goal I don’t care, an own goal, anything will do a win’s a win.
“But some of the goals are fantastic, some of the passing movements between the team are tremendous and it’s just showing the confidence in the lads at the moment.
“And like I said they’ll work hard again, have a day off tomorrow. I think there’s a development game for the other players to push on again and we’ll work hard again on Thursday on the shape and on the team and how we’re going to play and prove that again Saturday and hopefully get the three points.”
Wednesday marked a year in charge for boss Still and Henry was full of praise for the way he has reinvigorated the club.
He said: “He’s come in and knows what he’s doing at this level, knows what he’s doing at a little bit higher level, but he knows what he wants and he’s a very honest man and I think everyone respects him around the football club and I think he’s brought the whole football club together.
“Before we had the row, me and a fan, and a couple of others that I didn’t feel the football club was together and he’s brought that all in, the staff here, the team the management, everyone seems to be in it together now and we’re a force, the whole lot of us so that’s great for us.
“The management staff have done an unbelievable job with the players here because he’s brought a lot of new players in, I think there’s only myself and Macca (Steve McNulty) and only a couple of others that have stayed here and played regularly and he’s brought all of these new players in.
“The lads are tremendous, even the ones that have come on loan, they really get involved in the banter in the training room and the training ground and work hard every day like all of them do and fair play to everyone at the football club really for being in it together and that’s the way we’re going to go forward.”
And he believes integrating the signings that Still has made into the squad has proved key.
Henry added: “Very good signings. The gaffer seems to find them doesn’t he from somewhere. Pelly (Ruddock Mpanzu) was a great signing I thought to be honest with you because he brought a lot when he came to the club and then went back and Matt Robinson done tremendous and probably doesn’t deserve to not be playing, but it’s football, he’s come on tonight and done his job again and he’s in the right frame of mind ready to push us on when needed.
“All the signings are doing very well and long may it continue, we need to push on now.”