Money plans shake up for U’s clash
A SHAKE up is being planned by Hatters boss Richard Money for when his side visits Cambridge United tomorrow night, writes Mark Wood.
With a packed fixture list a number of players could be set to be drafted in to face the Blues Square Bet Premier strugglers.
Money, who is looking for his side to bounce back from the 1-0 defeat at Mansfield in the FA Trophy on Sunday, said: “For now I would just like to park it where it is because we have far more important things to talk about which is a league a game at Cambridge tomorrow.
“We created enough chances to win two matches but our overall play was poor.
“It may have reached the stage where one or two need a bit of a shake up, resting one or two or leaving one or two out.
“I need to give it some thought over the next 24 hours.
“I need to be mindful of who is and who isn’t available for Saturday.
“We have a number of players who are in good form at the minute who look like they deserve an opportunity and I’ve got to think about that tonight.
“I do think we need a little bit of a shake up too.”
Bizarrely on loan U’s man Paul Carden will be able to play for Town while Dan Walker, who is on loan at the Abbey Stadium, is not allowed to figure under the terms of his deal.
Town will also be able to call on fit-again winger Robbie Willmott who Luton signed from Cambridge during the transfer window for £50,000, but will be without Freddie Murray who was forced off during Sunday’s game.
Luton will also lack long term absentees Charlie Henry, Shane Blackett and Alex Lacey.
On the difficult turnaround from Sunday’s game, Money continued: “We’ve had to come in and give them a good recovery.
“Obviously fluid and food intake are crucial.
“They’ve all gone out and done a bit this morning and pulled up OK apart from Freddie Murray who has had to come off with a slight hamstring, which isn’t as bad as we thought it might be at first.
“Everyone else has come through the game OK.
“Paul Carden, Robbie Willmott and Adam Newton are back in the squad.
“They can all played but Dan Walker can’t play against us.
“I didn’t do the paperwork but we’ve played by the rules.”
With assistant boss Gary Brabin being a former U’s manager, and Town having a large number of ex-Cambridge players in their squad, the game is likely to have a little extra spice.
But any familiarity will be left behind come tomorrow night.
Money said: “Whatever relationship there is between the two clubs it will go out the window at 7.45pm tomorrow. They are fighting for three points for different reasons.
“We need the three points because we want to chase this title all the way.
“It’s a big game. That’s why I don’t want to talk about Mansfield now because it doesn’t exist.
“Every game we play is a must-win game and that’s how we approach it at this football club.”
Money though admitted it would now be difficult to catch Crawley who are nine points clear of them at the top and in the box seat.
He said: “We are at the stage in the season where every point we lose will hurt us with Crawley showing no signs of slowing.
“I would be surprised if Crawley don’t have a spell but if they don’t you need to hold up your hands and say well done to them.”
But he asserted there are plenty of examples in history of teams slipping up and blowing bigger leads than Crawley’s and believes that Town still have a real chance of snatch the Blues Square Bet Premier title.
Money said: “There’s a belief in the dressing room we can do it and we know we can but we know Crawley need to drop points for it to happen.”
He refused to rule out Wrexham and AFC Wimbledon from the title race, but admitted it would take a monumental effort from any of them to catch Crawley.
Money added: “If it’s tough for us to catch them it’s even tougher for Wrexham and Wimbledon to catch them because of the number of games they’ve played.
“It would take an incredible run from even ourselves to catch them from here on in.
“It would take a real slide from Crawley and not just a slip up.”
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