Collins: Confidence is high for Newport trip

Striker James Collins insists his side will head to Newport County this afternoon full of confidence after their morale-boosting 2-2 draw at Coventry City on Tuesday night.

Saturday, 17th March 2018, 8:30 am
Updated Saturday, 17th March 2018, 8:40 am
Hatters striker James Collins in action at Coventry

With 45 minutes gone at the Ricoh Arena, it had looked like Luton were staring down the barrel of back-to-back league defeats for the first time this season, with the away supporters letting their side know what they thought of the performance.

However Scott Cuthbert and then Collins himself were on target to ensure Luton left with a share of the spoils and claimed another crucial point in their quest for promotion.

Collins said: “It was game of two halves certainly, the first half they came out of the blocks really fast and we couldn’t really deal with it.

“It was just like, attack v defence at one stage. Second half we changed shape, we had a few words at half time and I thought there was only one team who was

ever going to win it in the second half, but a draw was the fair result in the end.

“Our formation, we wanted to go for it, we were playing an attacking side, but you’ve just got to give credit to the opposition, they started better than us and we couldn’t get out of our half.

“Second half, credit to the staff and the subs that came on as well, as they made a big impact. I thought we were the side who was looking to win the game and we go to Saturday full of confidence.”

Although the Hatters have been on top of the table for almost four months and despite dropping to second, still have a healthy gap to fourth placed Wycombe, Collins could understand the supporters frustrations at the break.

He continued: “They’re a passionate group, it’s a massive club and trust me, it’s as disappointing for us as it is when we played like that as it is to them.

“So we totally understand where they’re coming form and we said at half time, we’re going to come out and give everything for us and the and I think we did that.”

Collins also felt that the performance on what was a difficult playing surface at the Sky Blues should set them up well for whatever they run out on in Wales today, adding: “It will be similar to tonight, the pitch isn’t great out there, not the best, but second half we showed what we’re all about.

“We can play on anything, so I’m fully confident we’ll go and do the same at Newport.”