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MICK HARFORD PRE-DONCASTER ROVERS

21 March 2019

Town boss Mick Harford has said his side have benefited from the rest they have had after two long journeys to Plymouth and Bradford.

The Hatters picked up four points from those games, with the 0-0 draw at Home Park followed up with a 1-0 win at Valley Parade.

Harford said: "It was good to have a rest after the long journeys, but we're not making any excuses. A lot of teams have to [make those journeys]. We will overcome that, we were happy with the points haul we got out of those two or three games. The boys had Monday off, had a bit of a rest day Monday.

"They came in on Tuesday and worked hard, we worked hard today and we will work hard tomorrow and get ready for what will be a tough test against Donny."

With James Collins on international duty with the Republic of Ireland, an opportunity for somebody to fill the gap in his absence has appeared, with big Mick pleased with the amount of options he has at his disposal to play.

"We have got plenty of options," Harford continued. "We are absolutely thrilled for James and hopefully he will get some minutes and get his first cap which would be a magnificent achievement for him, his family and for Luton Town Football Club.

"We have plenty of options in the striker department, so we will have a look at it, we've got a plan in mind.

"It's good that Danny is fit and well now and scoring goals, making a big contribution as they both do. We have a lot of options in terms of Harry Cornick, Jason Cummings, Kazenga LuaLua, who can all fill in a position in the front three.

"Collo is a big, strong lad. He can hold the ball up well, absolutely works his socks off which is what we ask of the lad who will come in, to match his work rate like all the players do. So it will be a different kind of shape to the front three."

Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu filled in for the injured Alan McCormack on Saturday against Gillingham, with Macca not expected back for this weekend's clash against Doncaster Rovers.

Mick explained: "Alan is having treatment, he probably wont make it this weekend. He's on the mend, he's very close, hopefully we will have him back very shortly. But it might be a bit short just this weekend.

"I think Pelly did a good job, it was a tough game against Gillingham. He played well Pelly, in terms of what we asked him to do. He's a big, powerful lad and in terms of him getting on the ball he was more than adequate in what we asked him to do and I think he performed very well."


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