Robins point not the worst for ‘deflated’ Hatters

Elliot Lee puts Luton 2-1 in front at Cheltenham
Elliot Lee puts Luton 2-1 in front at Cheltenham

Luton Town’s players were left deflated after conceding a late, late equaliser at Cheltenham Town on Saturday, according to striker Elliot Lee.

The forward, along with most at the ground, thought his goal with five minutes left was going to be enough for the three points to head back to Bedfordshire.

We came here for three points, it could have been worse and the only thing we can do is pick ourselves up.

Elliot Lee

However, William Boyle popped up to nod over the line after an assist from home keeper Scott Flinders up for a stoppage time corner needlessly conceded by Town stopper Marek Stech, as Luton paid the price for not taking their chances beforehand.

Lee said: “It’s deflating, the boys have gone in there deflated.

You go from one high to a very low, but that’s football and we’ll pick ourselves up and go again next Saturday and get three points

“You get games like that as a footballer, you get games it goes for you, some games it doesn’t.

“I like to think that by bringing me on you get that clinical finish in front of goal and I think I did my job, but unfortunately we didn’t get the three points.

“No-one’s been harsh on Stechy, he’s got us out of worse situations this season, but it’s going from one emotion to another very quickly.”

On his goal, expertly finished from close range after Alan Sheehan’s free kick caused havoc, Lee continued: “Originally I wasn’t going to stand there and then Sheezy actually told me to get in the wall.

“So I got in the wall and it’s hit the defender on the back, come out to me and just an open goal from there really.

“It’s a great feeling scoring and we all thought I’d won it, but it wasn’t to be.”

Although Luton were held to far too many 1-1 draws last season, which ended up derailing their plans for automatic promotion, Lee doesn’t think on reflection it will be that bad a result.

He added: “I can’t speak for last season, I wasn’t here, but the boys, we’re willing to learn every day on the training pitch.

“Listen it’s not a great result, but it’s not the end of the world.

“We’ll pick ourselves up, go again next week and I think we all have every confidence in ourselves that it’s going to be a successful season.

“It could have been worse and it could have been better, but although we won’t take the point, as we came here for three points, it could have been worse and the only thing we can do is pick ourselves up.

“We haven’t lost, so we might look back on it as a good point at the end of the season.”