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Luton: Fantastic Back Four

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sun 30 Mar 2014
Posted in First Team

In the wake of Halifax’s 2-0 win over table-toppers Luton Town, goalkeeper Matt Glennon was full of praise for his defence in an effort that takes the team to over six consecutive hours’ worth of clean sheets in the league.

“The back four have been fantastic, under my direction of course! They’ve done superbly this year, making blocks, making headers. Today I haven’t had to make saves whereas in other games I may have had to, but they’ve been kept to next to nothing. They’ve been fantastic against some great centre forwards and some great teams as well. The teams we’ve played recently have all been in the top half: the likes of Alfreton, Welling, and Luton today, they’re all up there, so it’s credit to them.”

Much of the pre-game focus was on the two leading scorers in the league: Lee Gregory and Andre Gray, and Glennon believes his team mate came out on top. “I think Gregory massively outperformed Gray today in all areas. That said, they started Gray out on the right wing,” he said,  “I’m not quite sure what they were thinking but they moved him into the middle and he created a couple of chances. I think Simon Ainge, Marc Roberts and Scott McManus limited him to half-chances and shots from tight angles and they got back to get blocks in. We got back to get blocks in, too.”

Gregory sits on 99 goals for FC Halifax Town, and Glennon doesn’t mind that he couldn’t make it to the milestone against the leaders: “It could have been 100 for him today, but I’ll take him scoring the winner on Thursday against Braintree instead of scoring a third for us today. He took his goal very well: he picked his corner and stuck it away.

The victory places Town right in the playoff picture having also beaten playoff hopefuls Alfreton on Monday night, and the stopper admits that the squad has had an eye on a berth for a while.

“We mentioned the playoffs ages ago,” he said, “We know what we’re like at home, and with our away form picking up we are buzzing. The music is on in the dressing room after the game and there’s a great togetherness in the squad. I can’t wait until Thursday.”

The top of the table is incredibly tight, and Glennon hasn’t underestimated how much the team needed the win: “I think some of the other results today if we’d lost would have set us back quite a fair bit, so it’s a massive win.

“It was a good performance today because they’re a very good side and top of the league. They’re a big physical side; they’re a strong side already on 80 points and today it could have been upwards of three, four or five nil with the chances we created. We’ve limited them to absolutely nothing and I think it was probably the quietest game I’ve had since I’ve been at the club to be fair. It was fantastic.”

James Bolton has come into the side on loan and looked comfortable and competent at right back since his second debut for the club, and his keeper was full of praise for the youngster: “Ryan Toulson was fantastic,” he said, “getting up and down creating chances for us before getting a horrendous injury. Bolts has had to come in like he had to do last year like he did at short notice and he’s done brilliantly, he’s defended well against some very good players and coped with everything well for a young lad.”

Town finished Saturday sat in fifth position in the Skrill Conference Premier, having accrued 63 points from their 39 games.

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