McNulty glad to have ‘hostile’ home crowd on his side

Steve McNulty has vowed to win any doubters over. Pic: Liam Smith.
Steve McNulty has vowed to win any doubters over. Pic: Liam Smith.
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New boy Steve McNulty can’t wait to make his home Hatters debut and have the ‘hostile’ Kenilworth Road crowd on his own side for once, writes Mark Wood.

The 29-year-old defender is keen to bounce back from his disappointing 1-0 debut defeat at old club Barrow on Saturday.

Looking forward to the visit of Forest Green Rovers he said: “They’ve always been against me and always been a hostile crowd so I’m looking forward to going there and they’re obviously going to be on my side this time so it will be a lot better. Hopefully I can go there and impress them and they’ll take to me.

“Just winning games is the best way to bounce back. The gaffer will look at the video and see what went wrong and we will talk about it, and we will put that right through the week and there’s no better way of bouncing back than getting three points on Saturday.”

Having blamed himself in part for Barrow’s goal on Saturday, he believes he will only improve as he gets to know his team-mates better.

He said: “I’m just trying to find my feet in the dressing room. If you’re going to win the league these are the places you need to be coming here and not playing the prettiest football but winning 1-0 and we didn’t do that today which is very disappointing.

“But we will be going on to the training ground and going through stuff and putting the stuff which we didn’t do right.

“The more games I play the more confident I will get and the more I get to know the lads. I’m an experienced player so getting put in the first game it wasn’t a problem, some things didn’t go for me but that’s football and the more I play with the lads the more they get to know me and the more I get to know what’s needed the easier it’s going to become.”

And having won back-to-back promotions with Fleetwood in the last two seasons, he’s hoping to transfer his winning mentality to the dressing room.

He said: “That’s what he’s (Paul Buckle) brought me in for and hopefully I can repay him and obviously I’m very vocal and a few things didn’t go for me first half today but I will find my feet next game and I can’t wait to make my home debut and hopefully I’m going to put this defeat right.”

And he admitted moving to Kenilworth Road had been a no-brainer of a decision, adding: “I turned a couple of League clubs down, but a team of Luton’s stature... So it was a no-brainer for me, it’s not every day that Luton Town come and want to sign you so I jumped at the opportunity.

“It all got rushed through very soon. I was a bit rusty, I haven’t played for six or seven weeks now so it’s going to take one or two games to get into it after that I’ll find my feet and think I’ll be fine. I think we can push on and win this league.”