Green wants Stoke tie to help turn Hatters’ poor start around

Danny Green
Danny Green

Hatters winger Danny Green believes tonight’s Capital One Cup second round clash against Premier League Stoke City could be just the game for his side to turn their disappointing start to the season around.

Although Luton are huge underdogs to progress in the competition and head into the game on the back of a disappointing 3-2 defeat at Yeovil on Saturday, when asked if the match might be something of a distraction, Green said: “It could work the other way. The Bristol City game worked well and gave the boys a lot of confidence as they played really well. We deservedly won the game, so we deserved the tie with Stoke.

“The shackles are off and you can go out and express yourselves.”

Danny Green

“Hopefully we can do the business and put a bit of form together now if we can beat them which we are more than capable of doing.

“The fans should enjoy it and hopefully we can get the win and move on to the next round.”

Green is hoping that a break from league action will also bring the best out of Town, as it did when beating Bristol City 3-1 in the last stage.

He continued: “The shackles are off and you can go out and express yourselves. We want to go out there and win but it’s not the end of the world if you don’t win the game.

“You have to enjoy it as it’s not a free game, but it’s one of those games you can not worry about the result too much.”

After Stoke’s visit tonight, Luton host Portsmouth on Saturday, before entertaining Leyton Orient in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The real action then starts again, with trips to fellow promotion hopefuls Cambridge United and Notts County in the league and Green is well aware of the importance of those matches, despite the season remaining very much in its infancy.

He continued: “I suppose the next four games are going to be really tough and going to shape our season.

“Hopefully we can go out there, do the business and get the wins we should be getting.

“We need to try and get our league form better, get up the table and try to get this club promoted which it is capable of doing.”