Top scorer Marriott aiming to hit 15 for Luton

Hatters striker Jack Marriott is determined to hit his target of 15 goals for the season in the remaining two games.

Jack Marriott celebrates goal number 14 for Luton
Jack Marriott celebrates goal number 14 for Luton

The 21-year-old forward bagged his 14th of the campaign after coming off the bench against Newport County last weekend.

Marriott’s 81st-minute strike was enough to put him out in front on his own, one ahead of Cameron McGeehan, and reflecting on his personal tally, he said: “It’s very pleasing and I’m glad with my season’s tally as it is.

“Hopefully I can go on and score more, but in my first real season in the league, to be outright top scorer is very pleasing. If someone had said you can get this (14 goals) by the end of the season I’d have ripped their arm off, but we’ve still got two more games, so a few more goals to hopefully get.

“Even when I was on a bit lower earlier in the season, I had little targets, but I just wanted to score and play.

“Being one away, it would be really nice to get to 15 for the season now.”

Marriott didn’t take too long to find the net on Saturday, as it he headed home Olly Lee’s pinpoint cross just 13 minutes after arriving on the pitch.

On the goal, he continued: “To come on and score is really good, I’m really pleased with that. It was a great ball in from Olly, that’s a strikers dream, they live off those sorts of deliveries and luckily I managed to get my head on it and it’s gone in.

“I’d picked up a knock on my hip which kept me out for a little while, but to come on and score is very pleasing and I’m glad to be back involved.”

Marriott felt his side were unfortunate not to claim all three points too, adding: “To not hang on is very disappointing. I think we didn’t play particularly great, but we could have taken three points from the game and we probably should have.

“We definitely dominated second half. It’s just disappointing to concede especially when you don’t think you’ve got the three points in the bag, but you at least hope you can hold out to get them.”