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8 January 2013

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Boss on Barrow victory

After a weekend to remember having beaten Wolves, Town boss Paul Buckle was thrilled with his side’s 6-1 demolition of Barrow in their return to action in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Jon Shaw’s hat-trick was followed by goals from Scott Neilson – on his home debut – Janos Kovacs and Andre Gray as the Hatters racked up their sixth win at Kenilworth Road on the bounce.

“Tonight was all about continuing where we left off from Saturday,” Buckle told Hatters Player afterwards. “It was never going to be easy. I was worried about complacency or taking our foot of the gas but we didn’t.

“From minute one we really forced the issue and got on the front foot. An early goal kicked us on and we never looked back – we made sure we didn’t give them a lifeline.”

Shaw’s hat-trick stole the headlines but all of the Town’s goals were expertly taken on a night of clinical finishing in front of goal.

“We scored some great goals, I almost can’t remember some of them they happened so quickly!” joked Buckle. “There was some great approach play with some terrific balls in the box.

“I’m delighted for Jon, it’s brilliant that he’s got the matchball. All of our strikers are doing well at the half-way stage of the season and it puts us in a strong position at the moment.

“It was a great performance but of course there was one disappointment because we conceded one.

“We’ve got to be tighter and we’ve got to be better in those situations. I’ve said it all season and enough times. You can’t let your man go at set pieces. It’s not rocket science. The player knows he’s failed to do it and he’s got to be better next time.”

Whilst the three points moves the Town back into fifth spot, Buckle’s next focus is an FA Trophy third round tie at home to Skelmersdale on Saturday.

“Our league campaign does get broken up now,” he said. “But we’ve got to stay in this kind of mood. Saturday kicked me, the staff and the players on and I’m sure the supporters want to see a Luton team who mean business and we’ve done that in the last two games.

“The key is on Saturday that those players I pick need to prove me right and if they don’t I won’t be happy.”

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