Would you think a side 2-0 down and down to 10 men at half time would fight back to 4-3? What a remarkable game. Craddock was left on the bench, and Luton returned to a 4-4-2 with Hatch and Gallen up front and Jake ‘Mascot’ Howells on the left wing.
A bright start, but then our performance dropped and the goals started coming, Courtenay Pitt (remember him?) scored the firsrthe second from a dodgy penalty. Hatch got sent off for two needless bookable offences (arguing over the penalty and a silly foul) and heads were down at half time. Then something happened. Kevin Gallen became a man inspired. Scored shortly into the second half, then we scored from a corner and it was 2-2. Then Jake Howells tucked in a parried Gallen shot and we were 3-2. Then – we conceded a third when Holroyd hooked in from close range. But then we won a penalty when Saah fouled Alan White (who was ‘guilty’ for the penalty in the first half). Gallen duly took it and it was 4-3. Mark Tyler pulled off a brilliant save to keep us 4-3 up.
So what was the difference? Playing with 10 men? Gallen playing on his own up front? 4-4-2? A huge rocket up their behinds at half-time? Nico fighting with Cambridge fans? The ref being so woeful? Passion, vigour and goals – a rarity indeed.
Not sure what it was- but it was a welcome win and a brilliant second half to a game. Had we not won we would have ended up 11th. When did we last score 4 away?
Gallen man of the match by a mile. Inspired them in the second half. Murray had a good game too.
Gallen had to go off with a buised shoulder, and Howells seemed to injure himself in the goal celebrations – d’oh! So I guess there might be a question mark against him for the derby game against Stevenage on Tuesday.
P12 Pts 22 Pos 6th.
Let’s hope it is the turning point. Well done Mick and well done the players. We like it when the players match the fans passion.
My previous comments about the manager still stand. But lets enjoy the victory. I truly hope it is the inspiration the players, management and board were looking for to turn the performances around.