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Chris Powell’s Luton Town Preview

4 December 2018

Chris Powell on Saturday’s substitutions, injuries and Round Two of the Checkatrade Trophy.

On Saturday’s defeat, the substitutions and whether he's had to pick the players up…

I’ll be honest with you, I’ve had to pick myself up because I’ve got a bit of man flu or whatever you want to call it.

Managing is fine lines and our crowd and our supporters have been brilliant to me ever since I came to the club. On Saturday I had to make some big decisions, and I knew one of them would be quite controversial, I knew that. Looking back at it we were in the game at 1-1, we went 2-1 down and then 3-1 down and I was going to make two changes, and in the end I went with three.

Coxy was playing well, no doubt about it. He’s my main striker now with Tom Hopper out, but I think a lot of people forgot he was carrying an injury. He took a heavy tackle in the game, of course he was playing on adrenaline and played on, I get that. But I’ve got to think about not losing yet another player, which I have for tomorrow because he hasn’t trained since.

So, in the end I went positive with three strikers as such. I knew it would cause some controversy, but I’m manager and I have to make these decisions. I know people will go with them or not, and they didn’t go with it.

Here’s the fine line – we were 3-1 down and it becomes 3-2 and everyone is thinking we’ve got a chance. We make it 3-3 and we all know it’s a legitimate goal. 100%. There’s no way that goal should have been chalked off.

So, the fine line for me and any manager, that’s what can happen. You can make changes and it can go in your favour and the team gets galvanised. All of a sudden, the momentum is with you and you could go on and get a replay or a fourth goal, who knows.

It’s the fine lines that have not been going our way this year. So what do we do? We carry on. We come out fighting and show pride in whatever we do. It was a tough one to take, but it’s gone. In the end we lost by a decision that was taken out of our hands. We wanted to be in the hat, but it's Barnsley who go to Burnley, but it’s gone now.

Now we go into the Checkatrade Trophy and I’m missing some players. Simon Cox for sure and one or two others are 50/50.

On the game at Kenilworth Road...

It’s a one-off game. They’re going pretty well. We’ve got to galvanise ourselves, we’ve got to use young players. We’ve got some good ones and they’re going to have to step-up, but if not we’re going to have to help them. We’ve got to do our best to get a result because it’s the game we’re in and the game we all love.

We picked up a morale boosting win against Scunthorpe, Barnsley was a tough one where we could have got something from it. We didn’t, and we move on. You always move on to the next game, you take it game by game.

Kenilworth Road is where we’re at tomorrow, so we’ve got to do our best to pick up a result and pick each other up.

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