No weak link for Luton as they light the blue touch paper in Woking win
Town have finally ‘lit the blue touch paper’ according to boss John Still after they romped to a 4-0 victory at Woking on Tuesday night, writes Mark Wood.
After surviving a couple of early scares, lethal Luton showed their class as they triumphed through a dubious Mark Cullen brace and goals from Alex Lacey and Andre Gray.
The Hatters have now scored 10 goals in their last three games, claiming a hat-trick of wins along the way as they have risen to fifth in the table.
On their potency in front of goal, Still said: “At the moment I think we’ve found that in our game. I think if we were to look overall during the game, if it had been our day I think there were two or three more goals there for us.
“I think that away from home you don’t flood the final third, I think you pick your times to go in and I just think it was a disciplined performance.
“We know that we’re disciplined defensively. (Alex) Lacey’s come in and done very, very well again, which allowed us to push (Andy) Parry back into midfield and that looks really solid.
There wasn’t a weak link in Luton’s line-up on the night, as Still continued:”Everyone should look at their performance and be pleased against a Woking side that never gave up. Fair credit to them, they kept going and as the home team you would expect them to, but it’s easy not to and I think they did.
“It was a performance all over the pitch, I look at 11 players and I can’t pick a performer that would look at their game and go ,I have not done well, so that’s always good.
“I’m obviously very pleased. I thought the application for an away game was first class, I think first and foremost our work-rate was to the level it should be.”
Town took their early chances on the night with ruthless efficiency, but were also indebted to keeper Mark Tyler for a great save when, with the score goalless, Gavin Williams raced on to a horrible Steve McNulty error only to be denied by a great stop from the experienced keeper.
Still said: “You’re away from home and everyone’s got to do their bit, goalkeeper included, he made a good save at 0-0.
“But I think from that moment on we were in the ascendancy. I’m not saying when the first goal went in, but probably when the second goal went in I think our game just grew and grew and we’ve played very well tonight.
“It was a good away performance, a clinical away performance. And we were saying a little while ago the goals aren’t going in for us, well I think the last three games the goals have gone in for us and that’s very pleasing.
Talented young defender Lacey was also put right back into the heart of Town’s defence after recovering from an ankle injury.
And he believes that as Town’s team continue to get used to each other their rise up the table will gather pace.
He added: “I think it’s just the team’s coming together and we’re starting to play well together. We’ve played well earlier in the season but perhaps it hasn’t quite clicked for us with 0-0s and stuff like that.
“I think now we’re complementing the clean sheets with some goals and it’s really working out for us.
“I think we’re finally getting on a roll where we’re climbing up the table.
“As a bunch of players put together we’re working on how to play and I think it’s coming together.
“The lads have been superb, we’re competing against every single team and working really hard so I think it’s really coming together.”