Hylton felt Town looked ‘tired’ against Gills

Danny Hylton gets away against Gillingham
Danny Hylton gets away against Gillingham

Luton striker Danny Hylton felt his side had looked ‘tired’ during their 2-2 draw against Gillingham on Saturday.

The Hatters went into the game on the back of trips to Plymouth and Bradford, where they took four points out of six.

We’ve had a tough week, lots of travelling, but it was a game that we still believe we should have won.

Danny Hylton

They then returned to Kenilworth Road to face a struggling Gills side and despite taking the lead twice, were pegged back 11 minutes from time by Luke O’Neill’s superb free kick.

Hylton said: “I think it was a bit of a tired performance.

“We’ve had a tough week, lots of travelling, but it was a game that we still believe we should have won.

“We created enough chances to win the game, but you have to hold your hands up, I thought Gillingham played well and the lad’s scored a great goal.

“You don’t want to make excuses, but when you’re 38 games into a season and you’ve had hours on coaches up and down the country for the last two games, it is tough.

“A little something was missing, but we’ve got a week now to recover, so we’re going into Doncaster fresh.

“We’ll look at the game and take the positives, we’re a bit down, but there’s eight games to go and we’re five points clear, so it’s a position we would have bitten your hand off for.”

Town chief Mick Harford made just the one change for the game, Luke Berry for the injured Alan McCormack, which meant the majority of the team had started all three matches.

He admitted he had thought about making changes, saying: “We did, we considered it, but as I said, I speak to all the players, I speak to the sports science, and they say ‘they’re ready to go again.’

“I’m not making any excuses about them being tired or the journeys, I thought the performance warranted a victory.

“It was just things never fell for us, things never rebounded, it was just one of those days.

“You’ve got to give Gillingham a little bit of credit.

“I thought they set the team up well, they went man for man and made it very, very difficult for us.

“Obviously we want to play a certain way and teams want to stop you and thought at times, not all the time, they did very well.”