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MARRIOTT LEARNING A LOT FROM MACKAIL-SMITH

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11:32 11th January 2017

Marriott scored twice in last night's win over Chesterfield

Hatters striker Jack Marriott made it eight goals for the season last night as his brace against Chesterfield helped Town into the quarter-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy.

His strikes against the Spireites means he has now notched five goals in his last seven appearances, but the 22-year-old was highly complimentary of his team mates on a night that saw the Hatters put the disappointment of exiting the Emirates FA Cup behind them.

Marriott said: “It’s never nice to go out of the FA Cup, especially in the way that we did. 
 
"But to have this game tonight and progress in the style that we did, it has certainly given us a lift.

"It was a good performance from the lads, we did everything very professionally.
 
“We all put in a hell of a shift and the score line suggests that.

“The whole team was pressing like mad and we were winning the ball in some good areas."

The Hatter has recently started sharing his journeys to and from Town's training ground Ely Way with fellow forward Craig Mackail-Smith, who scored his first goal of the season last night, having recently returned to full fitness after recovering from a leg break he sustained last season.

Marriott has used it as a chance to pick the former Scotland international’s brain about all sorts of topics, which Jack said is helping him to become a better player, as Mackail-Smith – or Macca as he is known around the club – has amassed a huge amount of Football League experience since his Non-League days with St Albans City and Arlesey Town.

“He is such a great lad to have around the dressing room, I now travel with him in the mornings, so we have got quite close in terms of friendship,” Marriott continued. “He is a very, very good player and his record shows that and it’s good to see him back in amongst the goals.

“I am always talking to him, always chewing his ear off, asking questions, asking about his time at Peterborough and Brighton.

“He is a good person to learn from because he gives you everything. He doesn’t hold back on details and he’s 100%, he is a great lad.”

Macca netted from the penalty spot last night after he was brought down by Laurence Maguire but according to Marriott, the 32-year-old wasn’t even top of the spot-kick takers list!

Marriott said: “He was third! Because I remember looking at it thinking ‘I am not on it anymore!’

“So no, he was third, but he’s won the penalty and no one is taking the ball off him.”

Hatters Player subscribers can watch Marriott’s full post-match interview by clicking here.

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