Cohen hails a 'perfect' second half away performance by the Hatters during Forest win

Town coach thrilled as Luton tick off another milestone

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 10:39 pm
Luton defend a corner at the City Ground this evening

Luton first team coach Chris Cohen hailed the Hatters’ second half performance as ‘perfect’ as they triumphed 1-0 at Nottingham Forest this evening.

After a goalless opening 45 minutes in which the hosts dominated, with Town under the cosh at times, Simon Sluga making some important stops, they crucially managed to get through to the interval unscathed

A change in shape for the second period saw the Hatters gain a definite foothold in proceedings and it paid off when Ryan Tunnicliffe met Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu's superb cross on the volley to net the only goal of the game just after the hour mark.

Cohen, a former Forest player and captain, said afterwards: "I thought it was a brilliant performance, we were dogged, the keeper was brilliant when he needed to be and then in front of that everyone, everyone had a really good game.

“There wasn’t one person you could look at throughout the 90 minutes or the subs that came on that played below par so I thought the boys did everything they could to get a result.

“At times in the first half we rode our luck a little bit without ever being under severe pressure, but lots of crosses in our box, Glenn Murray had a couple of good chance.

"Then second half thought it was the perfect away performance, in terms of we got a goal, had a couple of chances and kept the ball against a team that wanted to come and build pressure towards the end of the game but we never allowed it and there were brilliant performances all over the pitch."

Town's victory was their first at the City Ground since 1983, when Ricky Hill settled a Division One contest, as Cohen added: "These boys, some of them have been here for a short period of time, some have been for a long period of time, they're ticking off so many things that haven't happened for a long time.

"Beating teams home and away like a Sheffield Wednesday, coming from two goals down in the Championship and then winning a game here after 30-odd years, it's a real credit to the players.

"As we hopefully put good plans together, but the players are able to implement them and have been brilliant tonight, they have been brilliant all season.

"I think they're finally now getting the rewards that all their hard worn has deserved."