Midfielder hopes to he and the Town and kick on after first win
Luke Guttridge played down his wonder strike at Cambridge after helping the Town to their first win of the season on Saturday.
The 33-year-old former United man put the Hatters on their way to victory with a sublime 30-yard shot in the first half.
“Luckily, it has dropped kindly and I've seen the keeper backtracking,” explained Guttridge to Hatters Player afterwards. “Sometimes you hit them and they go in and other times they don't. Today it has gone in.
“Instinct took over and I knew the goalkeeper was off his line so I addressed it and tried to get as solid a connection as I could.
“Thankfully I've caught it sweet as a nut and it's gone in. I don't know why the keeper bothered diving!”
Having played an instrumental role in the Hatters’ 2-1 win over Leyton Orient in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, and with Paddy McCourt and Cameron McGeehan unavailable, Guttridge kept his place in the starting XI at the Abbey Stadium.
Saturday’s appearance was the midfielder’s first League start of the season and the Town goalscorer hopes his performances can lead to a regular place in John Still’s side.
“From a personal point of view it's just nice to get out and play some games," Guttridge said. "It has been frustrating. I've been 100 per cent fit, training really well and I'm disappointed I've had to wait as long as I have.
“An opportunity has arisen. Cam has been suspended, Paddy is on international duty and I've gone from being in the stands and nowhere near the team to being given a chance and hopefully it give the manager a bit of food for thought.”
But three points were the most important aspect of the afternoon and Guttridge believes the Town can now climb the table after recording their first win in League 2.
“It's been what we've needed this season. Something to kick-start us,” he said.
“Performances have been better than where the league position puts us but it's a first league win and now we've done that hopefully we can kick on.”
Watch the full interview with Luke on Hatters Player.