Amari delight at debut Luton strike

Hatters striker up and running

AMAZED Amari Morgan-Smith was delighted to get off the mark on his Town debut, writes Mark Wood.

The 21-year-old free agent, pictured right, only signed on Tuesday afternoon and was plunged straight in at the deep end, scoring the second goal in Luton’s 2-0 defeat of Mansfield the same night.

He said: “It all happened quickly to be fair. I didn’t really think I would sign until I made the decision earlier that afternoon.

“I was kind of excited to get out there and do well for the lads and the gaffer.

“I was pretty amazed with the atmosphere and the fans.

“I heard the fans come along a lot to the club and I was excited at the start and wanted to get out there and play.

“It came as a surprise really when the gaffer named the team. I was in the right frame of mind because he said be ready to play.

“I said to my brother and my agent I just wanted to get the first goal out of the way and relax from there, and take every game as it comes.”

On his strike, he said: “It was a nice little touch on the edge.

“I just tried to keep it down and keep it low and get something behind it.”

But he admitted he feared it might be a frustrating evening after Luton missed three penalties.

The new signing said: “I thought it was going to be one of those funny nights with three missed penalties.

“The gaffer said just keep going to the end and we should break them down.

“I’ve never been in a game like that. It was a nice night and hopefully we can continue and push on and get more goals.”

New manager Richard Money was impressed with his capture, adding: “He signed at lunchtime, not having met the players and I brought him into the dressing room.

“It was a toss of a coin whether we started him or put him on the bench and it came down the right way.

“Having seen what I’ve seen, hopefully the supporters will feel the same way, he will be a real attacking force for the team.”

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