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6 November 2016

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Glen says second goal in Exeter win has to be his

Glen Rea was in little doubt that the Hatters' second goal in the 3-1 Emirates FA Cup first round win at Exeter was his.

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international met Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu's cross at the far post, with the ball finding its way into the net via combination of the post and keeper Bobby Olejnik.

"It's got to be mine," said Rea. "In a couple of the pre-match meetings we've had this week the gaffer has said the ball lands at the back post most times a goal is scored. 

"Scotty told me to run round the back and I got my foot on it. It's definitely gone down as my goal - 100 per cent. Hopefully anyway!"

He added: "It's off the post, but if I don't touch it it's not going in, so it's got to be my goal, hasn't it?"

Rea has played in the midfield holding role for the previous three games, but had to drop into a central defensive berth alongside Cuthbert when Johnny Mullins pulled up with an injury in the warm-up.

"I've said before in interviews I don't mind where I play, so long as I'm on the pitch I'll give it my best, and it wasn't too hard to change," said Rea. 

"I know the position, so it was good. You have to readjust, but I try to do what I do at the back in midfield anyway, so it's not a massive change for me. I just try to play my game and felt like I did all right."

The Hatters made hard work of the win, but were happy to progress to Monday night's second round draw.

"In the first half we didn't feel we'd done as well as we could," said Rea. "We were lucky to be level at 1-1 but in the second half we came out and gave it a right go and got the 3-1 win, so we're buzzing.

"We defended well in the second half. We defended our box well. I didn't think we were under masses of pressure until we went down to ten men, but we defended well as a team and got a good result."

*Subscribers can see the full interview on Hatters Player by clicking here

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