Luton striker hoping for a snowball effect

Craig Mackail-Smith in action against WycombeCraig Mackail-Smith in action against Wycombe
Craig Mackail-Smith in action against Wycombe
Hatters forward Craig Mackail-Smith hopes his side can somehow rectify their appalling current form and snowball their way into the League Two play-offs this season.

Luton have lost five of their last six games in all competitions to plummet to 15th in the table, already eight points away from the top seven.

However, ahead of today’s trip to Portsmouth, Mackail-Smith said: “This league is very funny and I think we showed earlier in the season when we went on a three or four game run and pushed ourselves right up towards the play-offs, that there’s still a possibility.

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“If we can turn this blip or just bad performances round and try and maybe slowly snowball our way towards the play-offs and then you never know in the last five or 10 games of the season.

“But we’ve got to do it pretty quick otherwise we could just peter out to mid-table.”

Luton’s supporters were quick to let the players know of their frustrations after Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat against Wycombe Wanderers, booing the team off at the full time whistle.

Mackail-Smith had no complaints about the reaction from the fans as he continued: “It’s understandable, we’re a big club, we’ve got big aspirations, we’ve brought in a lot of players who have played at higher levels, so expectations are high, which is fair and we’re not performing at all on the pitch.

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“We’re not showing as players why were here and how good we are and what we can do for this club. So I’ve got no problems with them booing and saying things they’ve been saying because it’s all true.

“They come to watch us play football, perform well and win games and we’re not doing that.”

Today’s fixture at Fratton Park is an immediate chance for Luton’s players to put right Saturday’s wrong and Mackail-Smith believe the swift turnaround could possibly work in Hatters’ favour.

He added: “I think in a good sense we’ve got a game very, very quickly so we can get round each other and put things right.

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“We got a positive result against Exeter and we can try and get another positive result away from home.

“I don’t think we’ve got time to do anything, as professionals we need to rest up and put a performance in to kind of start our season as it’s fast fading and we’re almost to January now.”