Hatters striker Josh McQuoid won’t let himself give up hope on reaching the League Two play-offs until it becomes mathematically impossible.
Luton wasted another glorious chance to cut the deficit to the top seven as they were beaten 1-0 at home by struggling Stevenage on Saturday.
“As long as you’re mathematically still in it you’ve still got to push on every game.”Josh McQuoid
With Wycombe losing to AFC Wimbledon, Luton could have closed to five points with a game in hand, but instead trail by eight with just seven matches remaining.
When asked if Town’s hopes were now over, McQuoid said: “You never know, as long as you’re mathematically still in it you’ve still got to push on every game.
“The gaffer won’t give up and the players certainly won’t, so we’ve just got to take every game as it comes.”
Boss Nathan Jones declared himself ‘sick to the stomach’ after Luton’s defeat, and although McQuoid knew it had been bad, there was a glimmer of light for the striker on a personal level, making his return after two months out injured.
He continued: “It was mixed emotions, coming back from a knee injury and getting out there again, back playing is a delight for me.
“I think as we’ve all seen the performance and the result wasn’t good enough, so it’s frustrating, but thankfully the knee held up and hopefully I can push on from here now.”
McQuoid had a chance himself to put Luton in front immediately after coming on, just failing to get enough on Danny Green’s low cross.
He said: “I tried to come on, do what I can, it’s hard to get into games like that sometimes.
“The front post header I should have done better with, it was a half chance, sometimes they go in sometimes they don’t.
“I got a little glance on it and then maybe it went off my shoulder, I couldn’t really tell at the time, it was just one of those days.”
McQuoid knew he and the rest of the players were in for a tough week at the training ground after such a result though, but felt that was a necessary evil.
He added: “The gaffer and all the players and everyone would admit that’s not good enough from us.
“The gaffer’s a passionate man, a good manager, and he wont accept that, which is good. We’ve just got to make sure that doesn’t happen again, get back in training next week and hopefully put some faults right.
“You’ve got to do those things though, got to look at what you did wrong so you don’t do it again almost.
“We’ll do that next week and then won’t dwell on it. We’ll crack on in training and hopefully put it right.”