Harford: It would be a massive achievement if we could reach 50 points at Preston
Town assistant targets Deepdale victory to rubber-stamp safety
Luton assistant manager Mick Harford believes it will be a ‘massive achievement’ if the Hatters can break the 50-point margin ahead of next week’s international break when they visit Preston North End on Saturday.
Town’s 2-0 victory over Coventry City on Tuesday night thanks to first half goals from James Bree and Elijah Adebayo's penalty elevated Nathan Jones’ men to 47 points from 36 games.
This time last term, the Hatters were looking in real trouble, on just 34 points, bottom of the table and five points adrift of safety.
With Town’s Championship status virtually assured, Luton in 14th, 15 points away from the dotted line, Harford believes rubber-stamping their safety with another victory at a Preston side who have dropped to 16th following seven defeats in 11 games would be a fine effort.
He said: "It would be a massive achievement if we get to 50 points before the international break.
“Our aim is to win as many games as we can, to get as many points on the board as we can, aim high and who knows where it will take us.
“If we can get to 50 points then we can play with that bit of freedom that certain teams do in those times, and who knows what can happen?
“We are just aiming high and trying to win as many games as we can and get as many points as we can.”
Harford also went on to admit that he has always kept an eye on the bottom of the table this term to make sure Luton weren't in any danger of being caught.
He would have seen Rotherham remain third bottom after a 4-1 loss to Watford on Tuesday, before Sheffield Wednesday failed to gain any major ground when held 1-1 by Huddersfield last night, with bottom side Wycombe seemingly down following their 23rd defeat of the season.
The former Luton striker added: “We do have respect for the league and we do check the bottom of the table, we always check that first, I’ve got to be honest with you, to see how many points we are away from the drop.
“When we get ourselves in position to see where we are now, we do look forward and my message to the players and the fans is let’s get as many points as we can.
“Let’s not set a target, let’s try to win as many games as we can.
"Let’s get over 60 points and let’s have a go and see how far it takes us.
“We’re not out of the woods yet, we need to get over that 50 point mark first.
"There’s a tough game on Saturday coming up, but let’s aim high and as high as we can.”