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ONE OF THE TOUGHEST GAMES OF THE SEASON - McNULTY

7 August 2015

Hatters won't have it easy in season curtain raiser

Defender Stephen McNulty believes Saturday’s opening game of the season at Accrington could be one of the Town’s most difficult fixtures of the season.

Last season the Hatters came back to draw 2-2 at the Crown Ground having trailed 2-0.

But the centre-half is hoping the Town can get their season off to a positive start when they take on John Coleman’s Stanley.

"People talk about budgets, and Accrington’s is one of the lowest in the league, but believe me it is one of the toughest places to go," McNulty told Hatters Player.

"It will be one of the toughest games this season.

"Last year we were really poor and in this division you can’t give any opposition a two-goal head-start and think you’re going to get back into the game.

"Hopefully this season we have a different mindset and different aims and hopefully that won’t happen on Saturday."

The former Fleetwood man has competition for his place in defence this season with new signings Scott Cuthbert, Magnus Okuonghae and Mark O’Brien vying for a place in the side.

And McNulty has welcomed the challenge of nailing down a place in the side following the pre-season arrivals.

"No disrespect to the lads that were behind us last season, but if me and Luke Wilkinson were fit then we were always going to play as there was no-one really behind us pushing us," admitted McNulty.

"We had suspensions and injuries, we’re coming in and out of the team and if you speak to Luke, and I’m speaking on behalf of him, our form was up and down.

"We weren’t as consistent as the year before, we need lads pushing us.

"It’s down the gaffer who he picks for the first game of the season, which two he’s going to go with, but you know now this season, if you’re not playing well and not on your mettle, you’re going to come out of the team.

"It’s going to be good for the five of us, but we’re really close, so we get on with each other and push each other on."

Watch the full interview with McNulty now on Hatters Player.

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