Foley relishing his Luton return

Former Luton full back Kevin Foley is excited to be returning to familiar surroundings when Wolves travel to Kenilworth Road for their FA Cup third round clash this afternoon.

The 28-year-old made his Hatters debut in October 2002, playing over 150 times before he was signed by then Wanderers boss Mick McCarthy in August 2007.

Foley has since gone on to make over 180 appearances for the Midlands side, and won eight caps for the Republic or Ireland.

Speaking about the encounter, he said: “It was a great draw for me when it was made.

“I was excited about the tie and going back to Luton. It is a special game for me. We need to win - simple as that.

“The pressure will be on us and off Luton. But we have to go down there, put in a performance and reach the next round.”

Wolves approach the match on a run of three straight defeats and Foley is well aware the Luton faithful will do their utmost to make it a difficult experience for the Championship side.

He said: “The Luton fans get behind the team. I’m sure it will be a sell-out with a great atmosphere, but it is an experience a lot of us have been through before.

“A lot of the players in our squad have come up through the lower leagues and gone on from there to play in big stadiums.

“So we should all be ready for what to expect and the fact we will have to battle it out with a team trying to cause a shock.”

Foley still has roots in the area too as his mum owns a business a stones throw from Kenilworth Road as he added: “She runs a café called Snack Attack not far from the ground,” he reveals. “She used to supply the players with baguettes after training and I think she still supplies food for the police on matchdays.

“I think a few of the players still go in there, so I can imagine there has been a bit of banter going back and forth.”

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