Hayrettin has high praise for Lawless and Guttridge

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Hatters’ goalscoring duo Luke Guttridge and Alex Lawless earned high praise from first team coach Hakan Hayrettin after the 2-0 win at Dagenham & Redbridge on Sunday.

The pair haven’t featured as regularly as either would have liked so far this season, but showed just what they bring to the team, scoring either side of half time.

Guttridge’s first on 41 minutes was an excellent finish, racing on to Josh McQuoid’s reverse ball to impudently toe-poke past Liam O’Brien.

Hayrettin said: “Luke on his day is an exceptional player.

“It just shows how important it is that we keep him ticking over.

“From my point of view, he worked ever so hard without the ball in the second half too.

“Once or twice when Smudger (Jonathan Smith) came out of position to win the ball, Gutts was there, working hard to come back into that position.

“I could see it from where I was and hope most of our supporters did as well.”

On Lawless, who was on target for the first time this season during his first start of the campaign, Hayrettin continued: “He’s a tremendous professional. He works hard, trains the way he plays and nothing’s different with him.

“He keeps his head down, when his time comes, he’s given the opportunity and does what he needs to do.

“He’s one of those players you see but you don’t hear at the training ground as he’s always making sure he does everything the right way.

“I’m very pleased for him as the gaffer went for him and it worked out.”

Meanwhile, Nathan Doyle impressed in the centre of midfield as he looks to regain the sort of form that he displayed after joining last season as Hayrettin added: “Sometimes when you have an injury it takes a little bit of time to get back, it’s not instantly that you’ll get your form back.

“But if you know football and you believe in what you’re doing, you work hard and do all the right things, then sooner or later it will fall into place.

“I was pleased for him. Him and Smudger (Jonathan Smith) worked hard and are a force. I wouldn’t like to play against them.”