BY CHRIS GALLAGHER
It’s been a real mixed start to the season for one of the pre-season League Two promotion favourites, Luton Town.
Their opening day 8-2 demolition of Yeovil immediately grasped the attention of everyone in the division, but things haven’t gone to plan since.
A stoppage time defeat to Barnet followed before another comprehensive home victory against Colchester. When they went on to grab two late goals to snatch a point at fellow promotion favourites Mansfield, all looked well for The Hatters.
Yet, since that point they’ve drawn blanks in a 0-0 at Lincoln before a disappointing 3-0 reverse at home to Swindon. It leaves Luton 13th in the table and eight points from leaders Exeter.
Whilst it’s too early to be concerned, manager Nathan Jones will be looking for his side to find a level of consistency that will see them compete for an automatic promotion spot.
Even though forward Isaac Vassell departed for Birmingham City, the squad Jones has at his disposal looks a cut above most in the division, but it’s up to the players to show it.
Last year they suffered play-off agony when Blackpool struck in the 95th minute to book a Wembley place, so the slow start to the season may be understandable.
However, finding consistency quickly is needed or they may leave themselves with too much to do.
They will be looking to put Saturday’s defeat to Swindon behind them when they return to Kenilworth Road tonight to take on Port Vale.
Vale are bottom of the league, losing five games in a row and having failed to score in the last four as well. It seems the perfect opportunity for Luton to get back on track.
With games against Chesterfield, Morecambe and Newport to follow before the end of the month, it presents Jones’ men with a chance to build a good run and get them challenging at the top.
What do you think Luton fans? What do you make of your start? Will you go on a good run over the next few weeks? Let us know in the comments below!