Hatters assistant boss Terry Harris praised his side’s first half display as they eased past struggling Hartlepool 3-0 at Kenilworth Road yesterday.
The hosts had lost their last four matches on home soil, but once Cameron McGeehan and Jake Howells’ penalty saw them lead 2-0 after 15 minutes, there was little chance of a repeat.
“The first half was absolutely different class, it was excellent.”Terry Harris
Hatters also drew level on points with seventh-placed Plymouth who lost 2-0 at Carlisle, as Harris said: “It was a good day all round. We knew it was a must-win game for us and with so much at stake, the first half was absolutely different class, it was excellent.
“We started with a tempo, we got an early goal from a restart and could have had some more, so a good first 45.
“The second half I thought we took our foot off the gas a little bit, but then we got back into it and it was an excellent 90 minutes.”
It had looked like Luton were capable of running up a much higher margin of victory after creating a plethora of chances before the interval, but they only had Scott Griffiths’ second half strike to add to their tally.
Harris continued: “You get three points whether you get one or six goals but it would have been nice to score more goals and maybe we could have done, although I’d have taken 3-0 at 3 o’clock.
“Second half I felt we dropped a little bit deeper and it really was windy. but we didn’t really get hold of the ball upfront when it went up there.
“We got the third goal though and it took the pressure off and killed it. We keep saying about restarts, corners, free kicks, how important they are, and we’ve score three goals from restarts.”
Hatters now travel to Southend next weekend knowing a victory at Roots Hall could see them leapfrog Argyle, who host basement side Tranmere Rovers.
Harris added: “We knew we needed to get a win to take it on to next Saturday regardless of how the results went elsewhere in the country.
“It takes it on to next Saturday now which is a great game, a good game to look forward to anyway and hopefully we’ll take many supporters down there as well.
“We’ve said to the players for a while, it’s possible, we can do this, please believe what we say, so it augers well for the end of the season.”
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