Welling league win was very different to FA Cup defeat asserts Robinson

The 2-1 league victory over Welling United on Saturday and the recent 2-1 FA Cup defeat at the Wings are very different scenarios according to young Hatters midfielder Matt Robinson, writes Mark Wood.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 25th November 2013, 12:00 pm
L13-1383 LTFC v Welling at kenilworth road, Luton Luton won 2:1 
Mark Wood
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L13-1383 LTFC v Welling at kenilworth road, Luton Luton won 2:1 Mark Wood JR 48 23.11.13 Griffiths

Welling withstood a late Luton blitz to progress in the cup, but couldn’t find the same resilience at the weekend as Town dug deep to triumph 2-1 at Kenilworth Road.

Substitute Robinson said: “I think they’re two very separate things. One of them is steeped in tradition, the FA Cup, it’s always nice to do well in that, you get to play big teams, but at the same time I think that may have been a bit of a curse for us last year when we were going away to Norwich and playing Wolves and that.

“We looked past the league games, because we were building towards this and now at least we can keep a clear vision towards the league title.”

And he believes Town showed real character to find a winner 11 minutes from time after they’d been pegged back by a rebound from a penalty.

He said: “I don’t know how long it was (to go), half an hour or so, and overcoming it obviously shows the mentality that we’ve got in the dressing room and we’re all relieved today with the result.”

It had been six weeks since Luton had played a home game at Kenilworth Road, but with regular development matches there it still felt familiar for Robinson.

He said: “We’ve been playing development games here so they’ve been the only games that have been played here! It’s nice to see a full crowd in front of you. The away support has been terrific, even as far away as Gateshead and to take 300-odd away fans and I don’t know how many to Chester is good. And then to see them all here and to give them a performance like that we’re just obviously trying to repay them.”

And eight points on the road from four-straight away games have formed part of a 12-match unbeaten league streak as the Hatters have built up a real head of steam.

Robinson added: “The momentum’s there, we’ve had a few hard journeys away on the road, Chester, Gateshead and got results. Maybe we should have done a little bit better in them, but even still to go to them sort of places and come away with points is a plus and keeps us in that race.”