Money apologies after dismal Hatters display

Town slump to Southport defeat

LUTON Town manager Richard Money apologised to the club’s supporters after Hatters went down to a 2-1 defeat at struggling Southport on Saturday, writes Mike Simmonds.

Town, who were distinctly average for almost all of the match at Haig Avenue, looked like they would snatch a win when Matthew Barnes-Homer fired home his 17th of the season on 75 minutes.

But the hosts hit back late on, capitalising on poor Hatters defending as Aaron Moogan and Kelvin Lee headed home to leave Luton’s title hopes hanging by a thread.

Money said: “I’m hugely disappointed to say the least and can only apologise to every Luton Town supporter who has travelled here to have been asked to watch that.

“The best team won. If I’m going to give the players something, what I’ll say is that there was always going to be a reaction to playing with nine men for 120 minutes (against Mansfield) at some stage and I think we got that reaction.

“We looked tired, lacklustre, lifeless and people look at it and comments will be a lack of passion, or a lack of energy, or whatever. What it was was a very tired performance, but not good enough and hugely disappointing.”

Hatters are back in action on Tuesday night when they entertain Barrow at Kenilworth Road, and Money is hoping for a quick reaction from his side.

He added: “That’s the good thing about this time of year, you’re back on the bike very quickly and I’m sure that the team will give another rousing performance at Kenilworth Road as they have done at every game at Kenilworth Road.

“So that’s what I expect from them on Tuesday and I’m sure we’ll get it. But a lot of rest, lot of recovery, not time for too much training at the minute, but it’s just about being ready for match day.

“We looked very, very tired and lacklustre so we obviously have to address that and have a look at it.”

For more reaction to Luton’s defeat at Southport, see this weeks Luton News/Dunstable Gazette, on sale this Wednesday.