Sheehan: We all have to stick together during run-in
Hatters defender Alan Sheehan believes Town's fans and players must stick together during a crucial last 10 games of the League Two season.
The centre half, who made his 50th appearance for the club in last night’s 0-0 draw at Carlisle United, was well aware of the frustration from some home supporters following Luton’s 2-0 defeat to Stevenage on Saturday.
Although Sheehan didn’t feel he had to ask the Town faithful to back him and his team-mates anymore than they already do, he could understand the disappointment on show, saying: “I don’t really have to do that (urge fans to get behind the side) as they’ve been great, been great to us.
“Obviously they’re frustrated, they let us know half time and full time, but I suppose they expect, they probably see this squad of players and think you should be battering them.
“And then you nitpick at everything, everybody nitpicks, why isn’t this happening? Why isn’t he playing?
“I think we’ve just got to all stick together. There’s 10 games left, it’s a great dressing room in there, nobody works harder than the manager and we’re all behind him,
“So we’re looking forward to the run-in, we really are. There’s pressure but we’re looking forward to it, lets just put it like that, we’re not afraid of anyone.”
Sheehan himself shared in the frustration of losing to local rivals Stevenage at the weekend, as Town lost ground on the top three once more, when victory could have put them right back in the mix for automatic promotion.
However, the Irishman also felt a sense of perspective was needed after such a defeat, as he continued: “I was very down about that. People let us know what they thought, but we’re paid to go out on the pitch and try to get wins and that’s what we’ll do.
“We’ll try to win every game until the end of the season, there’s no doubt about it.
“The fans let us know on Saturday, and we were just very disappointed.
“From their point of view, they’re loyal fans, they come and I suppose it’s quite frustrating really, because when we have that chance to break that gap, for whatever reason, we haven’t won those games.
“Some people can go OTT and say ‘you’re bottlers’ and stuff like that but I don’t think it is.
“I just think that Stevenage was a weird game, they scored after three minutes and that’s a horrible time to score.
“Second half they were rolling around and it was a horrible game to play in. We couldn’t really get going individually and collectively, and I know as local rivals, people aren’t going to say it, but sometimes you have a little bogey team and they seem to be ours.
“But if it came down to it and we ended up getting them again, I’d love another crack at them as think we owe them one now.”
That could well be a possibility as after last night’s draw, Luton fell seven points behind third placed Portsmouth, albeit with a game in hand.
Sheehan added: “We’ve been saying if we do this, we do that, we’ve got 10 games left now, so realistically you probably need to win the 10 of them (to go up automatically).
“Is it possible? Anything is possible. We know it’s a very tough task. We’d like to be automatic, but this time August, September, if you said I was going to be in League One by going through the play-offs or auto, I wouldn’t really care to be fair.
“Because you’re still going to be in League One next year.”