Sheehan: Hatters are lucky to have a player like Paddy McCourt

Paddy McCourt
Paddy McCourt

New signing Alan Sheehan believes Hatters are lucky to have a match-winner like Northern Ireland winger Paddy McCourt in their ranks.

The 32-year-old bagged his first goal for the club against Mansfield at the weekend, producing a starring role after being handed his first start since October by recently appointed boss Nathan Jones.

“He’s an unbelievably talented player, a lot better than this division.”

Alan Sheehan

Sheehan said: “It was a great finish by Paddy McCourt, he’s an unbelievably talented player, a lot better than this division.

“We’re lucky to have a player like him in a team. When I saw the squad and people like Paddy McCourt here, if Luton can get the best out of him, he’s a match-winner.”

Jones had been well aware just what McCourt could bring to the side having worked with him at Brighton last season, and now wants to see those sort of performances on a regular basis.

He said: “We won’t get carried away because Paddy should be doing that week in week out.

“He’s put in a proper shift as has Pelly (Ruddock Mpanzu), and we’re happy with that.

“We asked that from them, from the wide players, it’s not a luxury position, it’s a grafting position and the two of them put in a proper shift.

“They created one each and scored one each, so good.”

McCourt himself knows there is more to come too, as he he added: “It was an okay performance from myself, I wouldn’t rate it too highly, just okay.

“We managed to get the goal early on and it was a good goal. It was coming in at a bit of pace and sometimes you hit them and they go into the stands, so I was fortunate it went in the bottom corner.

“It was good build up play, a good ball back from Pelly as well, I managed to strike it cleanly and it nestled in the bottom corner so I was delighted with that.

“I put a half decent ball in for Pelly’s goal too, it wasn’t a great ball, but it’s a start now. I’ll get better the more games I play, the fitter, the more match fit I get.”