LuaLua determined for a better showing from the Hatters against Watford

Forward knows clash is a huge one for Town fans

By Mike Simmonds
Thursday, 15th April 2021, 9:16 am
Updated Thursday, 15th April 2021, 9:18 am
Town attacker Kazenga LuaLua
Town attacker Kazenga LuaLua

Attacker Kazenga LuaLua is hoping the Hatters put on a far better showing when they host rivals Watford at Kenilworth Road on Saturday.

The reverse clash at Vicarage Road back in September saw Town beaten 1-0, as bar James Collins hitting the bar from close range, they didn’t actually any have shots on target throughout the contest.

LuaLua, who came off the bench with 12 minutes to go that day, unable to change the visitors' fortunes, said: “It’s a massive game.

“We played them earlier in the season and it wasn’t a good game, we didn’t do well.

"It’s a big game for the fans, so we’re hoping to get the three points.”

The Hatters warmed up for the clash with an excellent 3-1 win at basement side Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, LuaLua himself introduced early in the second half to have a big say in proceedings, hammering home a stunning strike to put Town in front.

A big moment in the game came just before the hour when Chairboys defender Josh Knight was dismissed for a lunging challenge on Jordan Clark, although Town were already well on the attack by then, adopting a 4-2-4 formation as they went all out for victory.

LuaLua continued: “I was quite far away, so I couldn’t really see, but if you tackle like that, you’re giving the referee a decision to make, the ref knows if it was a red card or not.

"With the 10 men you always think, you have a man down and you think you’re going to win the game easy.

"But teams like Wycombe you know they’re going to defend, so we just had to be patient and whenever we get a chance we have to take it, which we did.

“We knew it was going to be a hard game.

"The gaffer said it during the week, 'it’s going to be hard', but you just have dig in and stay in the game and hopefully the second half the game will open up a bit more which it did.

"We got the three points which is the most important thing.”

LuaLua’s goal was a magnificent strike, receiving the ball from a short corner just outside the box and then beating his former Brighton team-mate David Stockdale with a marvellous drive into the top corner.

He said: “I was off balance and I thought Stockdale was going to save it!

"But I've seen it go in, it's nice to get a goal and come on to help the team get three points.”

The goal was then quickly followed up by Elijah Adebayo’s towering header from a Harry Cornick cross as Town made sure of the points, with LuaLua adding: “I’ve always said it’s a squad game, Harry Cornick came on, set one up for Elijah, so it’s a team game.

"Elijah is very good in the air, so when you cross a ball like that you know he’s going to be dangerous.

"It was nice for him to get a goal and nice three points.”