Hatters hold private talks to halt slump

Luke Wilkinson

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Hatters defender Luke Wilkinson has revealed that Luton’s players held a private meeting this week in a bid to turn their League Two campaign around.

Town slipped to 15th in the table after a 2-0 defeat at Bristol Rovers on Saturday in a season that is threatening to unravel before their eyes.

“If it means you have to tell someone they’re not doing their job properly you’ve got to do it.”

Luke Wilkinson

A serious bid for League One football was expected but has yet to materialise from a squad assembled by previous manager John Still in the summer.

With that in mind, Wilkinson admitted the players decided to take matters into their own hands as he said: “We had a meeting yesterday (Monday) which is behind closed doors, but we’ve had words with each other as it needs to be better.

“Everyone knows that, we know that, the fans know that, the staff know that, all of us have got to step up and try and push up the league now.

“It’s not a personal thing, we all want the same thing, we all want to be as high up in the league as we can, we all want to push for promotion.

“And if it means you have to tell someone they’re not doing their job properly you’ve got to do it, whether it be me being told or me telling someone else, it doesn’t matter.”

Luton’s chances of going up are fading fast, with automatic all but gone and Town already nine points adrift of the play-offs.

However, Wilkinson believes an improved 2016 could drag them back into contention as he continued: “We’ve got 20-odd games left, so there’s all to play for really.

“It’s still quite a tight league, we can always fight our way back into it and hopefully be a late contender to maybe get in the play-offs, or even the top three.”