Midfielder pleased to end goal drought to earn Town victory
A relieved Andy Drury was happy to finally get off the mark for the season as his first-half goal gave the Town a well-earned 1-0 victory at Plymouth on Saturday.
It was the first time the midfielder, who returned to Kenilworth Road in the summer from Crawley, had found the net in Luton colours since a 5-0 win over York back in 2010.
Now the 31-year-old has broken his duck for the season, he now hopes the goal is first of many between now and the end of the campaign.
“The goal means a lot but it wouldn’t have meant anything had we not won,” Drury told Hatters Player afterwards. “But it [not scoring] couldn’t last forever. Hopefully it’s the springboard for me. I’ve had a few chances lately and they’ve not gone in so hopefully I can build on that and chip in with a few more.”
The goal itself was a measured low finish in the 22nd-minute, just 60 seconds after he’d attempted to thump one in from the edge of the box.
“I saw a little opening in the far corner,” explained Drury. “I’d just tried to smash one in shortly before and decided to place it this time, and happily it went in.
“Hopefully, with three months left of the season, I can get a few more goals. I know I should be doing better on the goal front.”
The Town executed a fine performance at Home Park to pick up three points in League 2 on the road for the first time since a 2-1 win at Hartlepool on 18th October.
Victory lifted the Hatters back up to fourth in the table and five points behind leaders Wycombe with a game in hand.
And Drury believes the Town have got what it takes to mount a serious promotion challenge after coming through a tricky last month of fixtures.
“I think if we can go on another run like we did in September-October we can firmly establish ourselves in the top three,” he said.
“We’ve had some tough matches in recent weeks: Newport, Wycombe, Portsmouth, Shrewsbury, and didn’t lose any of them – and we’ve come here and won against a Plymouth side who will be in the top seven come the end of the season.
“All leagues are tough but we want to finish in the top three – even win it.
“This league does give you the best opportunity to win promotion and if we keep playing like that we’ll be all right.”
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