Adebayo: Coming back from 2-0 down at Forest was a typical Luton thing to do

Striker scored stoppage time leveller at the City Ground
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Town forward Elijah Adebayo felt that coming back from 2-0 down with eight minutes to go to earn a Premier League point at Nottingham Forest on Saturday was just something that a team like Luton would do.

It appeared the Reds would run out comfortable victors when home forward Chris Wood doubled his side’s advantage on 74 minutes, heading home Anthony Elanga’s left-wing cross.

Adebayo himself had just been introduced as part of a triple substitution with Andros Townsend and Ross Barkley, the trio’s impact looking like it would be immediately stunted by the second goal.

Elijah Adebayo finds the net in stoppage time to make it 2-2 at the City Ground - pic: Alex Pantling/Getty ImagesElijah Adebayo finds the net in stoppage time to make it 2-2 at the City Ground - pic: Alex Pantling/Getty Images
Elijah Adebayo finds the net in stoppage time to make it 2-2 at the City Ground - pic: Alex Pantling/Getty Images

However, the visitors then took control, Chiedozie Ogbene halving the deficit with a thumping volley from Townsend’s deflected free kick with seven minutes left and Adebayo doing superbly to take Tom Lockyer’s ball on his chest before also finding the net in stoppage time.

Speaking afterwards, the forward said: “The boys are delighted with the result.

"We know that we can still learn and we know that there’s areas of the game where we’ve given away a soft goal.

"But with the fight and the spirit that we’ve got, to come back from 2-0 down in the Premier League is something that Luton would do just because of the spirit and the togetherness we’ve got in this group.

"I know the gaffer wasn’t particularly happy with the way the game might have gone, but we’ve got game changers on the bench and everyone needs to try and impact the game.

"It’s a team game, it’s a squad game and we've just got to try and help each other out.

"The emotions are great, celebrating with everyone, that's the team.

"It’s good when you come away with a positive result.

"I’m so delighted for everyone, it’s a point, so we know there’s still more work to be done and take it on to the next one."

Although it was Adebayo who was the hero of the hour, notching a second top flight goal in three appearances, he was eager to share the glory with his team-mates, continuing: “Everyone is the match saver today.

"Having got that goal which has got us the point, it’s a team game, the boys not only that started, but those who came on and had an impact on the game were good.

"I think it’s important when you have a squad like we have.

"We’ve got such a strong, together group that we know we’re going to get about each other and days like today are the days we have to dig in and stick together.

"Anyone who knows Luton, we have it throughout the team.”

With almost 3,000 supporters making the trip to the east Midlands to back the Hatters, Adebayo felt they too deserved praise for keeping the players going even when it looked like a result would elude them.

He added: “The fans are singing, they were fantastic again and if we’re not doing it, they’re going to push us through.

"That’s where it comes from, it comes from the fans.

"Even at 2-0 down and as a squad, last year in the Championship, this year as well, it’s going on.

"We’re always going to have that throughout the squad, whether it’s in training, whether it’s in games, no-one wants to play in the losing side.

"We try and instil that from training, so the group’s good, the character in the group is good.

"Straight away you know with this team we’re going to keep fighting until the end.”