After last night’s depressing defeat, at the hands of QPR, I get the feeling Luton are facing a critical stage of their season.
Sitting in 14th place in the Championship table, it is fair to say that the season was going as well as we had hoped for.
After the struggle to stave off relegation last season, it is refreshing to have so many teams between us and the drop zone.
At the time of writing, Luton are 11 points above the relegation pack, some might say it is a considerable gap.
But, with games coming thick and fast, we are in a situation where it could almost change in an instant.
Indeed, looking at our next 3 Championship fixtures, gives me cause for concern with them all being away from home:
• Bournemouth (a)
• Brentford (a)
• Blackburn (a)
And there is also the small matter of a trip to take on Premier League Chelsea, in an FA Cup tie, also away, sandwiched in between.
The 3 Championship fixtures, on paper, are all difficult, especially the trips to Bournemouth and Brentford, with Blackburn just 2 points above us in the table giving us optimism that the Hatters can get something at Ewood Park.
If Luton do not snap out of the mindset, they displayed last night, where lethargy ruled, that aforementioned 11 point gap could soon be dramatically cut, something the following tweets emphasise:
Can’t afford a night off in the next 3 games we’ll get hammered!
— David Thomas (@houghtonhatter) January 12, 2021
Not sure what people were expecting this season, stayed up on last game of the season last season & have no money to invest in the squad yet we're in a better place than 12 months ago.
— David Trevillion (@dave_trill82) January 12, 2021
At the moment we are. Let’s see what the table looks like in 3 or 4 games. Needed to win against a struggling QPR tonight to take the pressure off. Watch the slide, it has started. Overachieved up to now. Not enough goals in this team.
— Stalte (@Stalte3) January 12, 2021
There is a saying, in the game, that winning becomes a habit, but then again so does losing.
Nathan Jones needs to have some harsh words with the squad when they report for training this morning, otherwise there may well be trouble ahead for the Hatters with a once promising season turning sour.
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