Hylton expected to be fit for Colchester trip

Town's leading scorer Danny Hylton should be fit to face Colchester United this weekend according to boss Nathan Jones.

Wednesday, 22nd March 2017, 1:06 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:10 am
Hatters striker Danny Hylton is felled for Town's penalty at Newport

The forward notched his 24th goal of the season from the penalty spot early on during last night’s 1-1 draw against Newport County, before going off at half time, with James Justin taking his place.

On why he made the change, Jones said: “He had a bit of tight hamstring and we don’t take any risks with Hylts, because he’s the one I can rely on game in game out.

“He’s the one that’s been outstanding and wherever we go, we could play on the moon and that boy would be right up for it.

“So we didn’t take any chances with him as we can’t afford to. But he’ll be fine (for Colchester), it was a precaution and we did it so he would be fine.

“Because this pitch is not conducive to any kind of tightness or anything.”

There was less good news on centre half Johnny Mullins, who hobbled off on 67 minutes, suffering a recurrence of his leg injury.

Jones continued: “It’s frustrating, as he keeps making great strides, and we needed to roll him out because of the game.

“It was just the same thing, so frustrating for him.”

However, club captain Scott Cuthbert was back after missing two games with a tweaked hamstring against Stevenage, and the defender showed no signs of discomfort.

The skipper said: “It’s fine. I missed eight or nine days and trained yesterday for the first time and had no problems.

“The manager asked me if I was all right and could come in, of course I did as I want to play every game I can.

“I was gutted I had to come off against Stevenage and gutted I missed Carlisle.

“So I was delighted to be back in, my legs felt a bit tired in the last 10-15 minute naturally, but I felt fine.”

Cuthbert excelled throughout the evening for the visitors, as he was often first to any long ball forward and on his performance, he added: “I felt I won my fair share of headers.

“I was disappointed with the last five or 10 minutes as their striker (Marlon Jackson) came on, won a few and flicked on a few, gave me a bit of a hard time.

“But I felt on this pitch, they’re going to aerial bombard you, going yo put balls in your box, put us under pressure and the whole team have to stand up and felt we did for large parts.”