Pelly eyes a starting berth after Bury heroics

Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu is mobbed after his equaliser
Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu is mobbed after his equaliser

Hatters hero Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu hopes his stoppage time goal against Bury on Tuesday night will further his claims for a starting berth.

The powerful midfielder has had to make do with a place on the bench for all of Town’s four games so far, coming on in three of them.

But he’s optimistic an eye-catching performance and late equaliser against the Shakers could see him starting at Accrington Stanley on Saturday though.

Ruddock Mpanzu said: “The team have been playing well so chances have been limited, but I have been coming on and I proved that I can deliver.

“It’s obviously the manager’s decision but hopefully I can keep getting chances and game time.

“I feel I’ve done enough to earn a starting place but it’s the manager’s decision and if he doesn’t think that I’m ready to start then I’ll take my place on the bench.

“It’s good that there’s competition for places. It keeps everyone going.”

With time running out, Ruddock Mpanzu burst aways to hammer home a fine strike and make sure Hatters avoided making it three successive home defeats in midweek.

On the goal, he said: “I didn’t think the ball was going to get to me at one point, but it came off Cully (Mark Cullen) and it came to me.

“I took it past one defender and I thought it was a good strike.

“I was delighted for the team and myself also for getting the first goal of the season at home.

“It’s good to get a goal and we could have gone on to win it because we showed a never-say-die attitude and deserved that goal in the end.

“A draw was the fair result but hopefully we can get the win next time out on Saturday.”

Luton had been looking like they were going to suffer further home misery until the goal, so Ruddock Mpanzu was pleased to send the majority of the 7,890 crowd home happy.

He said: “It was good to give the fans something to shout about. Saturday was a disappointing loss but today we got a draw so we’ve not got some momentum ahead of our next game.

“It’s always good to gain points. No one wants to lose games so a point is vital and we’ll take that and move on.

“We had chances to win it too, but we’ll take a draw and move onto our next game this weekend.”

Town are back in action this weekend when they visit a Stanley side who sit bottom of the table without a point to their name so far.

Ruddock Mpanzu added: “Accrington is another chance for three points.

“We’ve just got to keep pushing up the table and getting points and Saturday gives us another chance.”

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