Cohen insists dramatic win over the Owls will be 'brilliant' for Town's Championship belief

Coach believes squad is more than good enough to progress in the second tier

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 2:21 pm
Updated Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 2:48 pm
Harry Cornick goes for goal against Sheffield Wednesday
Harry Cornick goes for goal against Sheffield Wednesday

Luton’s wonderful 3-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday can be a pivotal success for the Hatters' players in terms of believing they are good enough for the Championship according to first team coach Chris Cohen.

With 45 minutes gone, the Hatters were staring at a disappointing defeat, trailing 2-0, with their advantage to the clubs's in the relegation zone being trimmed, while also extending a winless run at home to five games.

However, a magnificent second half display saw Town turn things around and come out on top, moving 12 points clear of the bottom three with 14 games to go.

Cohen, who played regularly in the second tier for Nottingham Forest, believes that the manner of the result will also help show the players they have got what it takes to be a success in the division now, as he said: “I’ve said it all season, maybe not publicly, that they are more than good to be around where we are, but also climb the table.

"It’s just about the boys’ experiencing it as many times as possible, so days like Saturday will be brilliant for them in terms of belief and growth as we hopefully go forward over the next few years.

“We’ve got a great team of players and a lot of them have come up through the leagues and they’re building that belief that they’re good enough.

“I’ve been in this division 16 years out of my 17 year career.

"I’ve spent it watching and playing Championship football and the boys are good enough, the ones that have come up, and the ones that we’ve signed are good enough.

“But you need to experience enough good moments for most people to believe that they’re good enough.

"Doing a double over a Sheffield Wednesday, for example, will just grow that belief more and more.

"And that’s what we’re trying to do as a football club, continue to grow, develop and get better, and year-on-year try to be better than we were before.

“At the moment, compared to this time last season, I think we’ve achieved that.

"But we have to finish strongly because anything can happen.

"Bad runs can happen as well as good runs, so we’re never thinking too far ahead."

On the game itself, Cohen admitted to having vastly differing feelings at half time to full time, such was the dramatic nature of the side's turnaround.

Town had been huge underdogs given the fact they hadn’t won when conceding the first goal all season, but strikes from Kal Naismith, Glen Rea and Elijah Adebayo put that to bed as they triumphed against the odds.

Cohen added: "It felt very different at 3:45pm to 4:45pm, because no matter what we say, we are always looking up and we’re being ambitious, as ambitious as possible.

“But it was a huge game, it would have put them seven points behind us.

“We would have still been comfortable in terms of thinking that we can get out of any kind of relegation battle, but it doesn’t help if you don’t win that game.

“To win it in the manner we did, you couldn’t have written it like that, but we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

“We ticked off a load of things that we hadn’t done yet, coming from behind, as I don’t think we’ve come from one-nil down yet, so to come from two-nil down and win a game is massive for the boys in terms of believing in themselves.”