Hayrettin delighted by Town’s battling qualities

Hatters' defence stands firm
Hatters' defence stands firm

Hatters first team coach Hakan Hayrettin felt his side displayed their true qualities during yesterday’s 3-0 victory over Newport County.

The hosts stood firm against an aerial assault at times from their physical opponents, but goals from Luke Wilkinson, Luke Rooney and Jake Howells saw them record an eighth straight home triumph in the league.

Hayrettin said: “It’s a fantastic three points for us, I think as the game went on we got stronger, but lets take nothing away from them.

“They were a strong, organised team. Our goalkeeper made one or two good saves, but their goalkeeper made three or four good stops too.

“We had to match them, which we did, we got the goal and caught them cold to start with. As the game went on we got stronger and stronger.

“That’s one of the qualities that we don’t give up. We got stronger and we got our rewards.

“We got the goals at the right time, we had the emphasis and pushed them back and could have got a few more.”

Although the visitors may have had the better of the first half, Luton stuck to their task well and could have won by more late on.

Hayrettin continued: “If history repeats itself, this is the way we play.

“The crowd here wouldn’t expect anything different from us and they were fanatstic, like the 12th man and pushed us on.

“This is the way we are. We try and grind teams down, we believe we’re fitter than most teams and stronger than most teams, even though Newport are a big, strong, physical team and work very, very hard for their manager.

“I think we can compete with anyone on our day and we did it again.”

Town have now enjoyed back to back wins since slumping to their biggest defeat of the season at Morecambe the previous weekend

as they climbed back into the top three.

Hayrettin added: “That was out of character for us, we took it on the chin, we didn’t play particularly well first half and probably deserved what we got.

“We’ve put that to bed now and moved on.”

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