Newton happy to fill in for Town

TEAM player Adam Newton was quite happy to fill in a central midfield berth for the Hatters on Tuesday night, writes Mark Wood/

Although not used to the role, he pledged to always do his best as he was instructed to spearhead Town’s three-man midfield.

Newton said: “I was in there last year. Because of the injuries we had the gaffer wanted to set out with a midfield three and I’m more than happy to play anywhere for the team.

“I just wanted to give 100 per cent and not let the team down.

“It was my job of the three to push on ahead of Keano (Keith Keane) and Jake (Howells).

“First half it was working quite well, but we had to change formation with Freddie’s injury.

“I love playing for the club, playing for the team and playing for my team-mates.”

With Murray facing a spell on the sidelines, Newton has no doubt that Howells will rise to the full-back challenge once again.

He continued: “Injuries can happen in the first game, it can happen in the last.

“It’s unfortunate when your team-mate goes down.

“You don’t want to see anyone carried off.

“We have to trust Jake and we know he is more than capable of doing as good a job as Freddie.

“It’s unfortunate one man gets injured, but fortunate for another player as he gets to take their place.”

Newton felt the Hatters should have made more of their dominance in the second half, saying: “We had a lot of possession in the final third and a lot of free-kicks.

“We could have held on to the ball a bit better and kept a bit of pressure on them.

“One thing for sure is the expectation is still there amongst the players.

“We know what our capabilities are and what our abilities are and what we want to achieve at the end of the season.”

Keeper Mark Tyler also wanted to see the Hatters step up their effectiveness in front of goal while they continue to give players a break whenever possible.

He added: “We are sort of safe in the play-offs.

“There are quite a few players who have played a lot of games and the gaffer wants to put his stamp on it.

“It will come. We’re not playing bad. We just need to step up our attacking play a little bit.

“We’ve got Eastbourne and Histon and we’ll take six points from that and see who we get last day of the season.”