Wilkinson hails ‘unbelievable’ Hatters fans ahead of Stevenage trip

Luke Wilkinson
Luke Wilkinson

Hatters defender Luke Wilkinson hailed Town’s fans for sticking by the team in the early stages of the season.

Luton’s return to League Two has seen an average attendance of 8,350 at Kenilworth Road, while almost 2,000 are making the trip to Stevenage tomorrow afternoon.

Wilkinson, who has helped Hatters go on a four game unbeaten run, said: “They’re absolutely unbelievable. Last week just over 2,000 away at Cambridge and this week over 9,000 (against Oxford), is fantastic.

“We didn’t start great and they stuck with is, now the results are starting to come, and we can hear them every game, it’s absolutely brilliant.

“Hopefully we can carry on the run (on Saturday). We’ll be backed, they’ll be loud and we’ve just to go out and put a performance on for the fans, for ourselves, and the gaffer and hopefully we’ll come away with a result.

New signing Nathan Doyle was quick to echo his team-mates thoughts too as after making his debut last week, he said: “I came to the Cheltenham game and was sitting in the stands thinking I want to be a part of this.

“It’s big club to be at and I know I’m going to have to be on form week in week out to take the club forward.

“The fans are brilliant, home and away. I was on the bench for the Cambridge game and they were magnificent. The fans play a massive part in teams coming here and when we go away they can be an extra man for us.”

Although never coming up against Stevenage before in his career, Wilkinson is aware of what to expect.

He continued: “I’ve never played against them, but from what I’ve heard they’ll be big, strong, physical, try to get in your face, so we’ve got to be up for the challenge and I’m sure we will be.

“Once we break them down, I think we’ll go on to win the game.”

That was also the view of striker Paul Benson as he said: “It will be a battle first and if we can win the battle, I think we’ll win the game as we’ve got some talented players.

“Once we get on top, I think we’ll come out on top. It will be a good one to win for us and the fans.”

Meanwhile, Doyle added: “I just know we’ll prepare as Luton Town. I think they’ll be worried about us more than we’re worried about them as that’s what we do.

“We concentrate on what’s in our dressing room rather than what’s in someone else’s dressing room.”