Luton Town continued their recent good form at the weekend as they moved to the brink of promotion to League One.
The Hatters have had a very strong season so far this year and it’s certainly fair to say that they’d deserve to go up with their attacking prowess catching the eye a number of times alongside their defensive nous.
Indeed, that was underlined by the fact that they had five players in the Sky Bet League Two Team of the Year across defence, midfield and attack and we managed to catch up with one of them at the EFL Awards on Sunday.
Danny Hylton has once again hit the 20 goal mark in the league and it’s clear promotion is firmly in sight – though they’re looking for Accrington Stanley to slip up so they can take the title as well:
“We had a little blip where we didn’t play well in four or five games but fair play to Accrington they’ve been so strong, with their form you just have to hold your hands up and say you can’t do much, they’ve been amazing.
“If they come through their last few games against a lot of the top teams and remain top of the league then fair play to them, but we’ll make sure we’ll take care of our results and if they slip up we’ll try and capitalise on it.”
As we said, on a personal level Hylton has had another fine goal-scoring season for the Hatters but, for him, all that matters is the team getting the three points and if he nets on the way then that’s a bonus:
“Yeah it is nice [to reach 20 goals.]
“Every game I go out there to try and score and bring something to the team. If I can score then great but if not the main thing is that we win.
“I know it’s boring and cliché but that really is the most important thing. I’m delighted to hit that milestone again, though, and let’s hope that maybe I can get a few more.”
The forward’s words only further highlight the superb work-ethic and togetherness he and his team-mates have displayed this year and there can be no doubt that Nathan Jones has had an impact as well.
The 44-year-old Welshman has seen his stock rise considerably over the course of the campaign and, for Hylton, he could end up as a manager in the Premier League in the future:
“He’s so good.
“I get flak a little bit for it in the team for saying it but he is so good!
“He works tirelessly on patterns of play, structure, set-pieces – where we’ve been so strong this season, everything. Him and all his staff, they’re so good so it’s a pleasure playing for him and I think he’s got the best out of me.
“A million percent he’ll manage in the Premier League, I think he’s that good. He’ll tell you himself that he’s very ambitious and someone who’s aiming for the very top.
“Tell him I said that!”
It’s been a top season so far for the Hatters, then, and with the club possessing the likes of Hylton and Jones – among so many more – if and when they are promoted this year, you get the sense that this progressive, cohesive unit is only at the start of something special.