Town players rally in support of Brabin

HATTERS striker Stuart Fleetwood has thrown his support behind under-fire manager Gary Brabin, writes Mike Simmonds.

Thursday, 22nd March 2012, 8:00 am

Town’s boss has been the subject of intense criticism in recent weeks which came to a head as he was jeered from the field after Tuesday night’s 3-0 hammering at Forest Green Rovers.

Fleetwood told the Luton News: “Definitely (he should remain in the job). I’ve got a lot of time for him.

“I think what he’s done here is very good.

“The players he’s brought in, he’s brought in a certain type of player to play football which is what fans want to see.

“I know it’s a result-based game, but it’s very easy to be a long ball team.

“We’re trying to be a football team and are all trying to stick to the positives.

“The gaffer lets us know when we’ve let him down and he’s felt that.

“He’s spot on because we did and we’re all professionals, we’ve all be in the game a long time.

“For me, he’s definitely the man for the job and hopefully it will continue.”

The striker felt for the 297 travelling Hatters faithful who made the trip to the New Lawn in midweek though, as he said: “We can understand they’re impatient.

“A few seasons ago they were flying high, we can understand that as players. They travel in their hundreds and we appreciate them greatly.

“We felt that we’ve let them down as well so apologies to them, but we’re going to try and pick it up for the next few games as we know exactly what we’ve got to do to secure a play-off place.”

Midfielder Andre Boucaud also felt that changing the manager at this stage of the season wouldn’t be beneficial to the club’s cause.

He said: “I think it’s down to us as players to take the responsibility that we’re not getting the three points.

“You can’t blame the manager, he puts us out there and we’ve got to go and perform.

“We’re all at Luton for a reason because we’re good enough and Luton’s a big club that comes with pressure. You have to deal with it.

“The players know it didn’t happen and it’s in no way good enough.

“Coming to Forest Green and no disrespect to them, but coming to places like this, we should be going away with three points.

“We didn’t do that and I think we’ve just got to all stick together, push on and make the play-offs.”

The result sees Hatters only two points above sixth-placed York City and they have now not win in five matches, drawing two and losing three.

They host improving Grimsby this weekend, who are still in with a real promotion shout themselves and Fleetwood appreciated the importance of trying to put the feelgood factor back at the club.

He said: “I think Grimsby has turned into a massive game, it was a big game anyway, but it’s massive now.

“We know we have to step it up and it’s still in our hands.

“With the (FA Trophy) semi-finals with York, we’ve got a few games in hand when we would rather have the points on the board.

“We need to get the momentum going, we need a win and it would be fantastic to get that on Saturday.”

Meanwhile, Boucaud believes that the players should use the confidence of representing Luton to their advantage as he added: “We’ve got to take the game to them, get it down, play some football and be confident.

“We’re at a big club and are here for a reason as players.”

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